Not a few people would ask, “How often should I use a derma roller at home?” Some manufacturers say that you should use the derma roller as often as we want, while informing us on how to properly use it.
In theory, it is possible to use the derma roller as much as we like because there’s no surgery or any other invasive procedures to damage the layer of the skin. But in reality, it doesn’t mean that we should use it more than what is recommended.
There are different recommendations when it comes to the frequency of use. Other reasons can merely be commercial – the more often you use a derma roller, the more often you should change it. Too frequent use can cause more damage than benefits to the skin.
Breaks between dermarolling sessions are necessary as the production of new collagen is a long-term process. Many intermediate, complex stages lead to the production of new collagen. The formation of a new collagen undergoes an intermediate phase from Type III collagen (the temporary collagen) to Type I collagen (the final and the more durable one). If you pierce your skin the derma roller (especially with 1.5 mm needles or longer) constantly, it may interfere the production of the new collagen and cause your skin to have permanent redness and inflammation in the long term. Therefore, you should not perform another dermarolling session until the skin is completely healed after the previous session. If a derma roller with a 1.5 mm-long (or longer) needle is used every three days, the skin will be in a constant inflammation and redness.
To obtain the most effective results, you must use the derma roller in a gentle application. The length of the microneedles also governs on how often you should use the derma roller. For example, it’s safe to say that you can use your derma roller 2 to 3 times per week using needles that are 0.1 mm and smaller.
But cases may differ – some people have found out that just once-a-week use of the derma roller, together with the use of a high-quality serum, is already sufficient (and even ideal). The use of the derma roller once a week allows you to get accustomed to the microneedles, while boosting a faster and more efficient absorption of the serum applied to your skin. Therefore, it is important to keep your weekly dermarolling sessions and not skip it as much as possible – that way, you will be able to get (and maintain) the results that you’ve wanted.
But if you use microneedles that measure 0.5 mm in length and above, it is not generally recommended to use than once a week or even once a month. But if it’s the longer needles that you’re looking for, then it’s best to have the dermarolling performed by a professional. For example: if you’re going to treat cellulite or stretch marks on the thicker, more sebaceous parts of your body, you should use longer needles once a week. For those with sensitive skin, they might only be able to use the derma roller once a month.
Below is a list of recommended number of dermarolling sessions based on microneedle length:
- 0.25 mm needles – treatment can be repeated every two days;
- 0.50 mm needles – treatment should be done no more than once a week;
- 1.00 mm needles – treatment should not be repeated more often than every 2 to 3 weeks;
- 1.5 mm to 2.00 mm needles and up – treatments should be performed every 6 to 8 weeks.
If you find rolling too painful especially if you have a low threshold to pain, you can apply topical anesthesia. Check out “Skin Numbing Solutions That Are Good Alternatives to Emla” to prepare your skin before dermarolling.