September 1 2014

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The Dermaroller: Do Or Don’t?


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail

I’m curious about the Dermaroller, that at-home skin-needling device that seems to be getting a lot of traction in Europe. Does it work? Is it harmful?

“I don’t think it works. Just rolling little pins on the surface of your face doesn’t stimulate fibroblasts enough to produce collagen. It was one dermatologist’s idea—sort of like a DIY laser using a very small piece of Fraxel technology, which does roll over the skin to create little nicks. But [Fraxel] has a specific nanometer light laser to then stimulate the cell. [The Dermaroller] just removes the laser part; it’s sort of like taking sandpaper to your face instead of getting a real microdermabrasion. There’s no data to show that it works, and it could irritate people. There’s also the possibility of infection.”

One of only two physicians in the U.S. board-certified in both dermatology and psychiatry, Dr. Amy Wechsler understands not only patients’ emotional states, but also the impact they can have on the outer surface. A specialist in the fundamental connection between the mind and body, Dr. Wechsler literally wrote the book on the subject. A frequent contributor to nationally recognizedtelevision programs and magazines, she has a private practice in NewYork.

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