September 2 2014

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The Dermaroller: Do Or Don’t?


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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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Lois Lane: A Redhead?; A Warning For Dermaroller Users; And More…


Amy Adams, who plays the Lois Lane character in the forthcoming Superman film, Man of Steel, sent tongues wagging yesterday when she was spotted shooting a scene with her signature red hair intact—and not dyed brown like her comic book counterpart. Scandalous! [Perez Hilton]

The Dermaroller has become an international phenomenon, famed for its ability to create younger-looking skin by piercing tiny holes into the face to boost collagen production. But now comes word that the device could be “potentially lethal,” according to the the Hong Kong Consumer Council. [Daily Mail]

Winning the Miss Universe pageant in São Paulo, Brazil, next month will take more than just a pretty face. Just ask the competition’s first-ever Miss China, Luo Zilin. “[She's] got to be quite savvy about the world and what I am trying to do is to expose [her] to as many savvy things as possible,” says Zilin’s, er, coach, Yue-Sai Kan. Things like dumplings in New York’s Chinatown, a showing of Mary Poppins on Broadway, a tour of the McQueen exhibit at the Met, and a little help from fashion model Lu Sierra, fashion photographer Fadil Berisha, dance instructor Linda Kurtis, and a host of French etiquette experts. [WSJ]

Nowness tackles body makeup in its latest video editorial, with model Delfine Bafort getting the head-to-toe treatment from NARS makeup artist Francelle Daly. In the KT Auleta-directed film, Bafort’s skin goes from innocent and dewy to rainbow-colored and tribal to glossy black in an effort to mimic the light qualities at different times of day in the jungle. [Nowness]

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The Dermaroller And Its Many Uses; Zapping Your Way To A Bikini-Ready Bod; And More…


Masochists, rejoice: the Dermaroller, that much-discussed mace-looking skincare aid that reportedly increases skin’s collagen production with tiny puncture wounds, is now being rebranded as a savior for stretch marks and sagging skin when used with longer needles. No pain, no gain, as we always say. [Daily Mail]

A new study shows that over a quarter of all cosmetics ads are admittedly “artificially enhanced,” while an additional 44 percent appear to have doctored images without the full disclosure in fine print. The biggest offenders are fake lashes in mascara ads and hair extensions to sell coiffing products. We knew hair that shiny was too good to be true. [The Sun]

Bikini season is soon to be upon us and there are a wealth of new laser hair-removal treatments to help you properly rock your swimsuit of choice. Two words for those of you uninterested in splurging on the new, follicle-killing Soprano XL system: boy shorts. [L.A. Times]

Scientists are now making empirical claims about what anyone who has ever turned heads with a bright red lip already knows: Cosmetics can play a significant role in how your life turns out by helping you reel in a prospective mate or even get a promotion at work. The latter should obviously be based on merit alone, but, sadly, our superficial human tendencies are apparently a biological flaw. [msnbc]

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Skin Needling: We Try It


It’s popped up on Rachael Ray and CBS’ medical show The Doctors, and last summer, reports started circulating that Angelina Jolie swears by the suspicious-looking device for her flawless complexion. If you’re not familiar with the Dermaroller, here’s a refresher course. A small handheld roller covered in tiny steel spikes, the tool is designed to leave thousands of pricks as it glides over your skin, causing trauma to the epidermis and stimulating the repair process, thus boosting collagen production for a coveted youthful glow. It may sound suspect, but the technology behind it is legit, according to U.K.-based dermatologist Dr. Samantha Bunting, who has become one of its increasingly long list of acolytes. Dr. Bunting, who advised me against seeking out down-market versions of skin-needling kits for sale online or in drugstores on a recent trip to see her at Renew Medica in London, explains that the efficacy of the treatment lies not just in simply rolling needles over the face, but achieving the optimal needle penetration with pinpoint bleeding and swelling, which often requires a physician’s care. Don’t let words like “bleeding” and “swelling” deter you, though; the semi-frightening process can really do wonders for remedying acne scars and stretch marks, as well as increasing general radiance. It also has a lower risk for post-procedure problems, like pigmentation, than lasers and chemical peels—and is considerably less expensive (a single treatment with the good doctor costs about $485). But patience—as well as a high tolerance for pain—are necessary if you want to reap the benefits; three to five sessions over the course of four to five months are recommended for optimal results. And it’s not a particularly, um, pleasurable experience. Despite the fact that a topical anesthetic agent was used to freeze my face, the pain in some parts was well north of a ten. I was red and puffy for the first day, but by day two people started telling me how rested and “well” I looked. My skin tone was noticeably clearer, too, and the circles around my eyes had diminished. Call me a masochist, but I’ll take the pain for a noticeable gain. For more information or to book an appointment in London, call 011-44-207-499-4904.

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