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Dermaroller treatment - a history

3rd October 2012  : 

Around 80% of children will have acne while they grow up, while many adults will continue to suffer from it well into their late 20's or even beyond. It's no surprise then that there are so many cases of acne scarring.

While skin peels and other cosmetic treatments that reduce the signs of scars have been around for a long time, another treatment has relatively recently arrived on the scene - but just how new is the technology dermaroller therapy is based on?

In the early 1990s Dr Philippe Simonin and Dr Andre Camirand published articles detailing how skin needling had helped to reduce the appearance of scars. This research acted as a catalyst for the development of the groundbreaking dermaroller therapy. The history of skin needling and dermaroller therapy actually goes much further back than the late 20th century however.

In fact, while dermaroller therapy might be something fairly new in the west, similar treatments have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The Chinese believed that skin needling was not only beneficial to the exterior appearance, but could also have a positive effect on the life energy of a person (their qì).

While scientific studies cannot show that dermaroller therapy has an effect on qì, there's no doubt that the treatment, which has been dubbed by some as an acne cure, helps many people gain a real, noticeable reduction in acne scarring. This in turn helps many people improve their self-esteem, and gives them a much more positive outlook on life - so perhaps it really does improve your qì.

Western medicine is finally catching up to what Chinese medicine has known for millennia: that minor subcutaneous injuries to the skins outermost layer is a proven and effective way to stimulate the fresh growth of new skin cells. This produces smoother, healthier looking skin. Whether you want to think of the treatment as tried and tested or groundbreaking, you can't argue with the facts.

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