A derma roller is a small roller that has a number of small needles on it that you use to make holes in your skin, a process called microneedling. The idea is that these tiny holes can help your skin produce more collagen, a protein that helps with healthy-looking skin. It can also open up your skin to serums and hydration products. Typically, you use this treatment on your face, though you can use it on other areas of your body, particularly areas that have scarring. Using a derma roller is fairly simple, though you should clean both your skin and the derma roller before and after use.
1. Cleaning the Roller and Your Skin
Disinfect the roller before use.
Tiny needles are penetrating your skin, so obviously you want to disinfect those needles first. Soak the roller in 70% isopropyl alcohol. Leave it for 10 minutes.
70% is better than 99% because it doesn’t evaporate as quickly.
After it’s soaked for 10 minutes, pull it out, and shake off the excess alcohol. Let it air dry for a few minutes.
Wash your skin in warm water.
It’s important to start with clean skin. For example, you could use a gentle foaming cleanser for your face to thoroughly clean your skin. Bar soap or shower gel and water for other parts of your body are fine. The point is you need to start with clean skin, and it’s fine to use your typical cleansers.
However, you don’t want to start with anything too harsh, so skip facial cleansers with things like salicyclic acid in them. Opt for something gentler.
Disinfect your skin if you’re using longer needles. Longer needles mean deeper penetration, which in turn can lead to infection. If you’re using needles longer than 0.5 millimeters long, you should disinfect your skin in addition to the roller. Gently swipe rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl) all across your skin.
2. Rolling the Area
Begin with a numbing cream if you prefer. Most people aren’t sensitive to the needles, but if you’re sensitive to pain, you can use a numbing cream first, particularly if you have needles that are 1.0 millimeter or longer. Rub a lidocaine cream into the area, and leave it for 20 minutes before you start rolling.
Wipe off any excess cream before you roll.
You can also apply an emollient to soften your skin to help avoid irritation.
Roll vertically. Start on one edge of the area. Roll up it from top to bottom, avoiding the eye socket area if you’re doing your face. Lift it up, and roll over the same area again, repeating 6 times in total. Move the roller over and repeat. Keep going until you’ve done the whole area.
If you’re using longer needles, such as 1.0 millimeter or higher, you may see some light bleeding. However, if you notice more than pinpricks of blood, you should stop. You may need a smaller needle.
Roll horizontally. Starting at the top or bottom, roll across the area horizontally. Lift up, and roll over the same area again. Roll over it 6 times altogether. Move down or up a little bit, and repeat the process until you’ve done the whole area.
You can also go diagonally, but that can lead to uneven needling.
Stop rolling after 2 minutes, particularly on your face. You can overdo it with microneedling, especially on your face. Therefore, it’s a good idea to limit each rolling session to under 2 minutes if you can.
Use a derma roller every other day or so. Using it too often can lead to inflammation. At most, try using your derma roller 3 to 5 times a week, making sure to give your skin a break every now and then. Some people only use this treatment every 6 weeks, for instance.
3. Cleaning Up
Rinse your face. After you’re done, rinse off your face. You can just use water, since you’ve already cleansed your face, but you need to remove any blood traces. You can also use a gentle cleanser if you prefer.
Hydrate your skin. It can help to use a hydration product after you’re done. For instance, a sheet mask can help you hydrate and heal. Another option is applying an anti-aging or anti-wrinkle serum after you’re done. These serums will penetrate more deeply because of the micro holes.
Clean the roller in dish soap and water. Wash your roller off using dish soap and hot water. Dish soap is better than other soaps at removing the tiny particles of blood and skin on your roller. Put the soap and water in a clean container, and shake the roller around in the water.
Disinfect the roller after use. Shake off excess water. Put the roller in 70% isopropyl alcohol. Let it soak for 10 minutes before shaking off the alcohol. Give it a chance to air dry before putting it away.
How To Apply
1.Roll the Derma Roller gently over the area you wish to treat 4 times vertically, 4 times horizontally, 4 times diagonally to the left and 4 times diagonally to the right (as illustrated below). This is more than enough to stimulate collagen and elastin formation in the skin. Avoid using the Derma Roller on your eyelids or lips.
2.Place one sheet of Peptide Mask on your face and leave the mask on for 10 minutes.
3.Daytime Treatment Only – If you are using the Derma Roller System in the daytime, apply sun protective cream onto the face and neck after removing the Peptide Mask.
4.Treat only once per day, up to 5 times per week when using the Derma Roller System in 0.5mm. Treat only once every 3 to 4 weeks when using the Derma Roller System in 1.0mm.
Care of your Derma Roller
After you have finished using your DermaRoller For Face Treatment, rinse the device under hot water. You will need to disinfect your Derma Roller once a week by standing it head first in half a glass of disinfectant (rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide) for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour (no longer). Then, remove the Derma Roller from the cup and shake off any excess liquid. Place the Derma Roller on its side on a clean towel to dry. When it is completely dry, store the Derma Roller back into the original case provided. Try to keep the case as clean as possible and stored in somewhere safe.