So, you’ve decided to try derma-rolling. Great! Whether you are hoping to diminish the appearance of scars or fine lines, even out your skin tone, increase the absorption of your topicals, or simply rejuvenate your skin, derma-rolling can help you achieve your goal. So where do you start, and exactly how do you use a derma-roller? Don’t worry, I’ll take you through everything you need to know to select and safely use your derma-roller in this ultimate guide.
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How Do I Know If It’s Safe?
Derma-rolling creates tiny wounds in your skin, which means safety definitely needs to be a consideration. We’ll get into sanitization and preventing infection a little later on, but before you purchase a derma-roller, it’s important to make sure you’re a good candidate for derma-rolling.
Most people tolerate derma-rolling well. Home rollers shouldn’t be painful, and as long as you are diligent with sanitization, the risk of infection is low. However, if you have certain medical conditions, you should ask a healthcare professional before using a derma-roller.
Talk to your doctor if you have skin diseases, open wounds, have had radiation, or are pregnant. Additionally, be sure to check whether any topicals you decide to use after derma-rolling are safe. Since derma-rolling increases the absorption of topicals, you should ask a healthcare professional whether your choice of topicals is safe.
How Do I Choose A Derma-Roller?
Once you’re ready to purchase a derma-roller, there are a few things you should look for. First, make sure you’re purchasing from a reputable company. While derma-rollers are an excellent tool, rollers of inferior quality can be dangerous. A reputable company should be forthright about things like materials and needle size.
You’ll want your derma-roller to last a long time, be easy to clean, and not harbour bacteria, so look for materials like surgical steel or titanium. Needle size is also vitally important. You should not purchase a derma-roller with needles longer than 0.5 mm. Anything larger may result in pain and inflammation and is best left to professionals who will apply anaesthetic to your skin.
At Au Natural Skinfood, we choose Dermatech rollers with 0.5 millimeter needles. This provides the deepest penetration possible without causing pain or entering lower levels of the skin that are more prone to infection. The Dermatech roller also has 540 needles, so you can be sure you’re getting good coverage.
How Do I Sanitize My Derma-Roller?
You’ll need to get into the habit of sanitizing your derma-roller before and after each use. This may seem like overkill, but you do not want to give bacteria the chance to grow on your roller and transfer to your skin.
Before each use, soak your derma-roller in 70% isopropyl alcohol. You should also clean your face thoroughly and wipe your face with alcohol before using the derma-roller. And when you’re done using the roller, sanitize it in alcohol again. Other options for sanitizing include spraying with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or rolling over an alcohol wipe.
How Do I Use My Derma-Roller?
After you’ve sanitized your derma-roller and cleaned your face, it’s time to get started. Divide your face into sections, avoiding the eye area. Begin rolling vertically and cover each section of the face two to three times. Next, roll horizontally over each section two to three times. That’s it! Pretty simple, right?
After you’ve finished rolling, rinse your face with water and pat it dry. Don’t forget to wash and sanitize your roller again, too!
How Often Should I Use My Derma-Roller?
When you first start using a derma-roller, I recommend using it once a week. This will give you a chance to see how your skin reacts and get used to the process. If all goes well, you can move on to using your derma-roller two to three times per week.
Your Derma roller can be used for years! Even when used consistently, it will still last you anywhere between 12-18 months.
Is It Safe To Use Active Ingredients After Rolling?
Au Natural Skinfood’s Manuka honey products are completely safe to use after derma-rolling. In fact, we’d say they’re a better choice than most products because of Manuka honey’s natural healing properties.
Manuka honey is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, so it helps fight infection. It’s even used in medical settings to help heal wounds. Manuka honey encourages faster healing and is full of antioxidants, which makes it an ideal choice to use in the micro-injury/micro-repair process.
Studies have also found that using topicals with vitamin C and tretinoin (vitamin A) amplified the results of derma-rolling. If you’re looking to decrease signs of aging, consider trying our plant-based Level 1 and Level 2 Anti-Aging Face Oils.
What About Other Topicals?
I cannot speak to the effectiveness of products outside of our range after derma-rolling, so I encourage you to consult a healthcare professional prior to using them. It’s important to remember that skin care products are designed with a specific level of penetration in mind.
After derma-rolling, a product meant to stay on the outer layer of the skin may penetrate more deeply, giving it a chance to reach layers of skin it was never intended to be used on, and possibly even allowing it to be absorbed internally and dispersed throughout your body.
As you can imagine, that can be a real safety concern. That’s why it’s crucial to ask your doctor prior to using topicals after derma-rolling. Only use products that are safe for the increased absorption derma-rolling will provide.
When Can I Expect To See Results?
Results will vary between individuals and cannot be guaranteed. Many factors play into your results, such as your own individual skin type, the depth of the needles on your roller, how often you use your roller, and which topicals you choose to apply.
In general, results may be visible in as little as two weeks but may take up to six months. For faster or more dramatic results, you’ll need to visit a medical professional who will use longer needles.
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The perfect partner for your Derma Roller
Your Derma roller allows for increased product absorption, so we recommend applying the products found in our Discovery Kit post-rolling.
Learn more about our Discovery Kit here.
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