In the ever-evolving landscape of skincare, a new trend has emerged—derma hacking. This practice involves DIY (Do It Yourself) approaches to skincare procedures traditionally performed in professional settings, such as dermatology clinics or spas.
Dr Swapna Priya, dermatologist, CARE Hospitals, explained that the primary objective of derma hacking is to trigger the production of collagen and elastin, essential proteins for skin health and elasticity, leading to an overall improvement in skin appearance.
She noted that some prevalent derma hacking techniques include:
- Microneedling: Utilising a roller or pen with minuscule needles to create micro-channels in the skin.
- Dermarolling: A similar method to microneedling, but typically involving longer needles on the roller or pen.
- Fractional Laser Therapy: Deploying lasers to generate microscopic perforations in the skin.
- Radiofrequency Microneedling: Combining microneedling with radiofrequency energy to induce skin heating and promote collagen synthesis.
From microneedling at home to crafting personalised skincare concoctions, derma hacking has gained popularity, but the safety and efficacy of such practices remain under scrutiny.
Is it Safe for Your Skin?
Dr Rinky Kapoor, dermatologist and dermato-surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics, warned that without a clear definition of derma hacking, it is challenging to outline specific benefits or risks. “Professional dermatological treatments often have established benefits but also potential side effects.”
She noted that safety depends on the specific techniques and products involved. “Always consult with a qualified dermatologist or healthcare professional before trying any new skin procedures,” Dr Kapoor added.
While derma hacking can be safe under the supervision of a trained professional, according to Dr Priya, engaging in these procedures at home without proper training or equipment poses certain risks. Potential risks associated with derma hacking include:
- Aggravation of existing skin conditions
“It’s crucial to recognise that the safety of derma hacking varies based on individual skin types and the specific technique employed,” Dr Priya told indianexpress.com
Should anyone avoid it?
Derma hacking is not advisable for individuals with these issues, according to Dr Priya.
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– Active infections
– Active acne
– Bleeding disorders
Consulting with a healthcare professional is essential before undergoing derma hacking, particularly if there are underlying health conditions or if the individual is taking medications.
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