Can I use beard oil after Dermarolling?
That’s the question and for most men looking to grow out their beard, it’s quite a common question.
But can you do it? Are there any side effects and which oils would be the best to use?
In this article, we’ll answer this question, we’ll also touch on the best use case for derma rolling and what you must be aware of as you start to build a routine.
So with that said, let’s get into it.
can I use beard oil after derma rolling?
When your skin doesn’t feel sour derma-rolling is the best time for you to apply beard oil.
It’s a good idea as well because it moisturizes the damaged skin.
Most beard oils will create a good condition and for beard growth on your face, think of it like nurturing the soil on which your beard will grow.
And especially after derma rolling, which increases blood flow to that area, adding some beard gives your skin more nutrients.
However, the extent to which your derma rolls also determines whether you can add oil or not.
If you’ve derma rolled to the point where you’re almost bleeding don’t use oil but if you not bleeding and have just derma rolled as usual, then you can still apply beard oil.
So, which oils work best?
In order to understand how beard oils and derma rolling come together, it’s best to understand just what derma rolling is and how that itself plays a big part in overall hair growth.
How Does a Beard Roller Work?
A beard roller, also known as a derma roller or microneedle roller, is a small handheld device that is used to stimulate hair growth in the beard area.
The derma roller is made up of the main roller with numerous tiny needles attached to it, typically ranging in size from 0.2mm to 2mm needles.
When the dream beard roller goes over the skin on the beard area, the needles create micro-injuries on the surface of the skin.
Collagen and elastin are essential components of healthy skin, and their production helps to promote the growth of healthy hair follicles.
This increased rush of blood flow also comes with nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles, which can further promote hair growth.
That’s all nice in theory … but does it actually work?
We cover that next.
The Science Behind Beard Rollers
There are several studies and stories to show that derma rollers do work. (We’ll get to that later.)
But there’s one thing you have to understand before putting a beard/ derma roller on your face.
Beard rolling won’t promote hair growth that isn’t there.
It won’t add new follicles but it could help speed up the maturation of your dormant follicles if used persistently
So yes, genetics to an extent will play a massive part, genetics decide what hair you get and how long it stays on your face.
Hair is made up of tiny bulbs located under our skin. Each hair on our body grows on its own and goes through three different stages during its life cycle.
The three stages are:
The first stage is called the Anagen phase, where your hair grows actively for about 2 to 5 months (for facial hair), and gets shaped as it grows naturally.
The second stage is called the Catagen phase, where your hair stops growing and the hair follicle base contracts, gradually pushing the hair up to the skin’s surface. This stage lasts for 2 to 6 weeks.
The third stage is called the Telogen phase, this is where the hair follicle gets shorter, then new hair starts to grow at the same place where the old one was.
When the new hair grows enough to appear on the skin’s surface, the old hair falls out. This stage lasts for about 1.5 to 12 months.
So best case scenario, you have a quick anaphase and a long cataphase and telophase.
So a quick 2-month burst, and then the hair just stays in place for as long as possible.
This is how you grow facial hair fast and keep it for longer but notice how there has to be a hair follicle to begin in that area.
So before you seek miracles in growing out a big beard with a roller, you have to make sure you understand these basic factors are taken care of 1st.
Who knows, you may not even need to derma roll if you let your body take its natural course.
The hard truth is :
Beards grow slowly, some grow slower than others, and a derma roller won’t affect that.
Assuming you have eaten a relatively healthy diet, eating the right supplement isn’t going to do much either.
Hair is going to grow at the rate it does, not really anything you can do to affect that.
So if you are under 30 and stressing about some patches in your beard, just think about that first.
But at the same time…
It has been shown that dera rolling can be an effective method to stimulate hair growth.
Using a beard roller
There was a test done by scientists on the effectiveness of derma rolling on balding men while using a derma roller.
Rolls and another grow using just minoxidil. The test ran for 12 weeks.
Minoxidil, reverses maturing hair follicles, increasing blood flow and stimulating follicle movement as not the growth phase.
This is what they found:
Forty patients in the Microneedling group had +2 to +3 response on 7-point visual analogue scale, while none showed the same response in the Minoxidil group. (3)
Patient evaluation – In the Microneedling group, 41 (82%) patients reported more than 50% improvement versus only 2 (4.5%) patients in the Minoxidil group. Unsatisfied patients to conventional therapy for AGA got good response with Microneedling treatment.NCBI
This was their conclusion:
The results of this study show that Microneedling is a safe and a promising tool in hair stimulation both for male and female AGA and also is useful to treat hair loss refractory to Minoxidil therapy.NCBI
Now this was head hair, which is slightly different from beard hair, but the same concept was applied and derma rolling should work for beard skin too.
Now, this test did show that both Minoxidl and derma rolling together can play
But … before you look into getting. Again, it isn’t a magic solution that can change genetics or create new follicles.
The hair kind of has to be there and the products will just help with stimulation and your body should take off the rest naturally.
They can help you to kickstart dormant and underdeveloped follicles that you (should) already have.
If you already have a beard with some thin patches/ parts (this may be you).
some follicles just aren’t healthy growers and the stimulation and nutrient rush from derma rolling can help.
The test was over 12 weeks and it was intensive with bleeding and other things.
So if you are thinking of using a derma roller in the safest way possible extend the time to a year and be patient.
We’ll go other ways to use a derma roller to get results.
How To Use A Derma Roller
Disclaimer: Before you use a derma roller, it would be best if you talk to your dermatologist about the possible effects of piercing your skin.
You are literally damaging your skin, making your body rush to fix the problem.
Doing this over a long period of time can be problematic if you have underlying health problems.
The other risks as outlined by Health Line are:
skin irritation — redness and inflammation — but these side effects should disappear after a few days.
You may also have minor bleeding. If the bleeding is excessive, you may be pressing the roller too firmly against your skin.Heathline
It’s suggested you start off with a roller the 0.5 mm and try them out for at least 12 weeks then you can look to move to 1mm if you see no changes.
Look for a derma roller with fewer needles on its surface.
- Wash your skin and beard before micro-needling.
- Apply only as much pressure as you need to keep the needles on the surface of your skin.
- When micro-needling your cheeks, it may help to fill each cheek with air to give the roller a firmer surface.
- Roll the derma roller back and forth in horizontal and vertical lines, as well as diagonal lines in both directions for a consistent pattern throughout your beard.
- Avoid micro-needling if you have acne.
- Clean your derma roller after each use by dipping it in alcohol or spraying it with a sanitizing solution.
- Expect to replace your derma roller every few months.
These are the practices outlined by the health line when it comes to derma rolling.
Tips for maximizing results
As shown in the test, derma rolling and the use of Minoxidil can be highly effective.
Some users utilize both.
But again, this process comes with patience as shown by this video:
How often should you use a beard roller?
It’s advised to derma roll no more than twice a week
And it should be spread out when you do, so can derma role on a Monday for example, and then again on a Thursday.
And there’s no real set time to do dermal as long as you cover the main direction, this can be:
I typically do 5-6 passes on every part of my beard per direction and try to do 3 directions.
up and down, side to side, and diagonal. That’s 6 passes up and down a couple of passes side to side and some pass diagonally. Over the areas you want improvement.
But when your skin starts to feel sore it’s best to stop and let it heal, let the nutrients gather then go again.
Oil On Beard
Classic beard oil will work fine on your beard.
If you don’t have any here are some of the best beard oils that are packed with lots of beard-growing nutrients.
What beard oils to use?
The castor oil is a great choice.
personally use a beard oil containing the basic jojoba and argan oils.
I also apply more than I usually do after derma rolling. I haven’t found anything to complain about yet.
Other oils you could use
Some use Castor oil with peppermint oil and peppermint actually can increase blood circulation around your beard area.
Peppermint acts as a “peripheral vasodilator”. ** This means that it has a relaxing and dilating action on the smooth muscle of the blood vessels and capillaries. This stimulates blood flow, thereby improving circulationsource
Hyaluronic acid is also a good option to be used after derma rolling. It may boost collagen.
Hyaluronic acid is also a good option to be used after derma rolling. It may boost collagen.
Collagen contains amino acids that are used to build keratin, which is the protein that hair is primarily made of.
The acid can also help moisturize any flaky and dry areas and in combination with other ingredients it can help to stimulate beard growthcollegen
How to use
When using a derma roller, you want to split how often you use and you need to give your skin time to heal and recover.
So let’s say you use used your derma roller on a Monday, The next time you want to use again would be say Thursday, 2 times a week should be good enough.
After you finish derma rolling, you can apply some beard oil/Jamaican black castor oil, or any of the oil mentioned above.
Then if you want boosted hair growth you can look to apply minoxidil 24 hours after you’ve derma rolled.
What is minoxidil I explain next.
Minoxidil stimulates blood flow to the hair follicles while derma rolling punctures the skin and speeds up collagen to the area. Together both are highly effective for hair growth.
There’s a higher chance of side effects.
- Acne at the site of application.
- burning sensation.
- increased hair loss.
- inflammation or soreness at the root of the hair.
- reddened skin.
- swelling of the face.
So again, make sure you check with a medical professional if you are prone to these in general.
But if you have no reaction from Minox, it can supercharge hair growth!
Again, use it 24 hours after you’ve derma rolled then consistently use it throughout the week morning and night until your next derma roll day.
Note When using beard oil with minoxidil, it’s advised you give time between the application of both products say around (4 hours) as they’re different brands and could clash on your skin.
In this article, we asked the question, can we use beard oils after derma rolling?
The simple answer is yes, doing so helps to keep your skin moisturized as well as provide your skin with extra nutrients to promote growth.
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