Derma rollers in therapy: the transition from cosmetics to transdermal drug delivery

Leonna Dsouza, Vivek M. Ghate, Shaila A. Lewis

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Abstract

Derma roller, a device rolled onto the skin to form micropores, is extensively used for cosmetic purposes. The pores thus created are utilized to either result in the induction of collagen production, leading to glowing and wrinkle-free skin or for permeating the applied formulations to the site of action within the skin. Recent studies have shown the benefits of using derma rollers for transdermal delivery of drugs. In the nascent stage, this approach paves a way to successfully breach the stratum corneum and aid in the movement of medications directed towards the dermis and the hair follicles. The review essentially summarizes the evidence of the use of derma rollers in cosmetic setup, their designing, and the preclinical and clinical reports of efficacy, safety, and concerns when translated for pharmaceutical purposes and transdermal drug delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number77
JournalBiomedical Microdevices
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-12-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology

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