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Skin Hacks: How Often to Use Your Derma Roller

Derma roller are magic for your skin. Used correctly, they can help reduce the appearance of blemishes, stretch marks and cellulite, completely erasing these flaws over time. But, to get the full effects, you can't overdo it, or get too timid to see results. So, how often should you use a derma roller? It depends on the condition of your skin and what conditions you are trying to correct.

Getting to the bottom of common skin issues.

Your butt is a spot that you don't often think of when you think about your skincare routine. But, the skin there can be subject to roughness, blemishes and acne scars. As we get a bit older, we lose the dewy tightness -- unless we take steps to keep these changes from happening.

Skin Hacks: How Often to Use Your Derma Roller

What causes stretch marks?

Stretch marks are tiny scars. They appear when you go through a period of quick growth and your skin can't keep up. It can happen when you gain or lose weight, during pregnancy or even during a growth spurt in your teens. The scars will appear dark purple at first, but fade to a silvery color over time. They can be more apparent when you get a lot of sun or if you are dehydrated.

What causes pimples on your butt?

It is way unfair that you can go all through your teens with a flawless face but land up in your 20s with pimples on your butt instead. How does this happen? The truth is, the skin on your butt is subject to the same hormonal changes that skin anywhere else is. And, sweat from clothes or grime from seats on exposed skin can clog or irritate the skin, leading to pimples. Your diet also plays a huge factor. Foods too high in sugar or too low in the nutrients that build healthy skin can lead to acne.

Using a derma roller for scars and stretch marks.

In general, the skin of your hips, belly and thighs are tougher than what is on your belly and your face. If you have stretch marks or scars to combat in this area, you can treat about every three weeks. Use the derma roller on an area for 6 to 8 minutes. Use firm pressure, but don't push too hard. You just want to do enough to pierce the lower layers of the dermis with the microneedles. This micro-trauma causes this area to work to repair itself. When it does, it brings new collagen to the area. The resulting newer skin will show less of the scars and stretch marks that existed before.

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If you are working on your belly or anyplace else with thinner, tender skin, you will have to be more gentle. You should not use the derma roller on your belly more often than every four weeks. Use a lighter hand and apply the derma roller for a shorter period of time.

Skin Hacks: How Often to Use Your Derma Roller

Get rid of pimples on your butt.

No one likes to talk about pimples on their butts, but you don't have to silently live with them. You can reduce their appearance by using the derma roller. When treating acne, the derma roller works two ways. First, it creates micro channels that can help any anti-acne potions you are using get deep so they can go to work. Second, the micro-trauma stimulates healing, including the healing of red or unsightly blemishes. Use this treatment sparingly, no more than every six weeks. Avoid harsh cleansers after using your derma roller. If you are going out in the sun, slather on sunscreen to prevent further damage.

Skin Hacks: How Often to Use Your Derma Roller

What else you can do for your skin.

In between derma rollings, treat your body right to get the softest and healthiest skin down there. Use a gentle cleanser to keep skin clean and reduce blemishes. Eat a diet high in vitamins A, C, B and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Use creams that keep the area smooth and firm. By paying careful attention to the care you give your skin, you'll find that your bottom looks softer, tauter and smoother than ever before.