Dermarolling is not just plainly using a derma roller on your face or body. As with any other skin care procedure, there are the right and proper ways to follow before, during and after dermarolling.
While procedures differ from person to person, this article offers a general and complete derma rolling guide especially if you are into it for the first time.
First of all, you should need the following items:
- Derma roller, of course – Make sure that you have chosen a derma roller’s needle length based on your skin’s condition.
- Treatment creams – Make sure that the treatment creams you’re buying is suitable to your skin condition, and that it is completely safe (no harsh chemicals, perfumes, etc.) for use with a derma roller.
- Topical anesthesia or numbing creams.
- Antiseptic solution.
- Disposable gloves.
- Cotton pads.
- 70% Isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle, to be used to for disinfecting the derma roller.
The following lists the recommended items to complete your derma rolling set for home use:
- Derma roller – Sdara Skincare derma roller
- Treatment creams – Kleem Organics Anti-Aging Retinol Moisturizer Cream
- Serum – TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum for Face, Topical Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E
- Numbing cream – Ebanel numbing cream
- Antiseptic solution – Tea Tree Therapy
- Disposable gloves – Healthstar anti-microbial disposable gloves
- Cotton pads – Rael organic sanitary cotton pads
- 70% isopropyl alcohol – Mountain Falls
You can buy derma rolling kits that will save you money and time. Contents differ depending on the brand. You can find several derma rolling kits on Amazon that are rated highly by genuine consumers who have purchased them. A few of them includes:
- Linduray Derma Roller – with storage travel case for derma roller, a jump start guide and guide e-books which are sent via e-mail.
- Prosper Beauty Store Derma Roller Microneedle 6 Piece Kit– though it looks a typical derma roller, but this kit is actually special as it features a roller head of 600 thickly-packed 0.25mm titanium-made microneedles. Aside from this, the derma rollers are very easy to use- you can separate the needle heads from the handle in no time. It also has a hypo-allergenic storage case. It is US made.
- Zust Beauty – with storage case for derma roller, hyaluronic vitamin C serum, instruction manual.
All of these kits have a 30-day money back guarantee.
The following lists the step-by-step instructions:
- Place every equipment on a clean surface. Preferably you might want to put down your materials in a clean towel.
- If you have used the same roller before, disinfect it first by soaking it in 70% isopropyl alcohol for about five to ten minutes. You don’t need to disinfect a roller if it’s new and is pre-sterilized (and it should be).
- Clean the skin in the area that you’re treating. If you are about to do a facial dermarolling, wash your face thoroughly using a gentle pH-balanced cleanser, or using an anti-bacterial soap.
- Put on a pair of clean and disposable gloves.
- Apply a numbing cream or a topical anesthetic, if necessary. If you’re going to use a needle that’s 1.0 mm and above, applying a numbing cream is absolutely recommended. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions properly.
- Wipe or wash off the numbing cream or a topical anesthetic completely.
- Using cotton pads, clean the skin area with an antiseptic liquid.
- Apply your choice of treatment cream on the skin and massage lightly.
- Start derma rolling in a star pattern. Apply a bit of pressure but lift the roller immediately after each pass so that you don’t have push it too hard into your skin.
- How many times you should roll depends on the procedure and/or your threshold to pain, but it’s recommended that you should do four rolls horizontally, four rolls vertically and four rolls diagonally. Some procedures call for six to eight rolls each for vertical, horizontal and vertical directions.
- After rolling, apply more of the same treatment cream that you have used before rolling. Massage your face gently as you apply the cream.
- Clean and store the roller. First, wash it with warm water, and then spray it with the alcohol a few times.
- Leave the roller to dry completely for 10 minutes or more, before putting it back in the case.
- Leave your face for about an hour before washing it with cold water.
- Never wash your treated area with harsh soaps, creams, astringents, etc., for about a couple of days.
- Avoid going out under the sun for about a couple of days especially when you’ve rolled and treated exposed areas (such as the face and arms).