How To Use a Derma Roller: Does It Really Work?

At-home skincare treatments are the new normal, and people all over the world are choosing to save time and money on seeking professional help by doing it themselves.

People are constantly looking for new ways to achieve plumper, smoother, and younger looking skin.

The latest cosmetics craze is ‘Dermarolling’, an invasive skincare technique used to promote healthy skin cell production and the growth of collagen and elastin.

If you’re interested in incorporating this into your skincare routine, there are a few things you should take into consideration. This article will discuss everything you need to know about Dermarolling, including how to use a Derma Roller and how it works. 

What is Derma Roller?

A Derma Roller is a device used as part of the cosmetic procedure ‘Dermarolling’, which is a type of microneedling where the skin is lightly ‘broken’ by tiny needles to encourage the skin to begin its natural healing process. The result being smoother, plumper skin, free of things like acne scars, fine lines and uneven skin tone.

Essentially, Dermarolling works by injuring your skin, so that it triggers your body’s natural inflammatory response as well as the healing process.

It may sound extreme, but most forms of skincare involve the breaking down of old/ dead skin cells to promote the production of healthy new ones. This is just a way of achieving that much, much faster. 

People tend to use it before applying skincare serums, which boosts your skin’s absorption of the product dramatically, making it work quicker and more effectively.

The reason for its popularity among skincare addicts is its ability to stimulate the regrowth of healthy skin cells, as well as collagen growth and minimize inflammation.

What are the benefits of using a Derma Roller?

  • Smoother skin – consistently using a Derma Roller on your skin actively promotes the growth of collagen, contributing to smoother, ‘younger’ looking skin
  • More balanced skin tone – hyperpigmentation in the skin is typically the result of insufficient blood flow in the face. Dermarolling helps to normalize the pigment cells and reduce inflammation of the skin and improve circulation, making your skin tone appear more balanced
  • Fewer wrinkles and fine lines – Dermarolling stimulates the production of elastin in your skin, which smooths and tightens your skin, minimizing any lines
  • Faded scars – Dermarolling breaks up dead skin cells and any calcification, which promotes skin healing, resulting in the faded appearance or even disappearance of scars and dark spots
  • Glowing skin – after around two months of use, Dermarolling will have generated the growth of collagen in your face, giving you a gorgeous, youthful glow

How to use a Derma Roller

It may look like a simple process, but don’t be tempted to just jump straight in and start rolling. Dermarolling requires a specific routine to ensure you get the best out of the treatment and to avoid any breakouts or injury.

Dermarolling is a super safe procedure that can be done from the comfort of your home, but you still need to take the proper precautions and take care when using the roller so as not to tear your skin.

Follow this step-by-step guide to ensure you maximize the benefits of your Derma Roller.

Step 1: sanitize the roller

The most important thing to do before you put the Derma Roller anywhere near your skin is sanitize it.

The tiny needles are going to be literally piercing your skin, so any dirt and bacteria on them will be pushed into your skin, which can cause breakouts and infection.

To sanitize your Derma Roller, you can either soak it in some boiling water or rubbing alcohol.

Step 2: cleanse your face

Just like you want to start with a clean Derma Roller, next, you need to wash your face and cleanse it, so you’re starting with a fresh surface.

You can either wash your face with some warm water and a standard face wash and then apply some cleansing water with a cotton pad, or you can just cut the extra step and wash your face with a cleansing face wash.

Just be careful not to use anything too harsh on your skin because you don’t want your face to already be sensitive and inflamed before you begin.

Step 3: ready to roll

Now you’re ready to get rolling. If you like, you can apply a numbing cream to your face first, but it shouldn’t feel too uncomfortable to use a Derma Roller straight onto freshly cleansed skin. Just be sure to wipe away any excess cream before you begin.

Firstly, roll vertically and as you roll, apply a small amount of pressure to ensure the roller breaks the skin, and roll upwards starting from the bottom of your face. Avoid sensitive areas like under the eyes and your eyelids. 

Repeat the process between two and six times, depending on how sensitive your skin is. If you notice areas of your face have started to bleed a little, don’t go over those areas again.

Make sure you properly cover your entire face. Then, do the same again, but roll horizontally.

Step 4: apply any aftercare

Give your face a quick splash of clean water, especially if you experienced any bleeding. To soothe your face after rolling, apply a gentle toner and then complete your usual skincare routine, making sure you include a good moisturizer. It’s a good idea to apply a nourishing serum too because your skin will be more susceptible to the ingredients straight after rolling.

Step 5: clean the Derma Roller

Once you’re done, your Derma Roller will be covered in any dirt from your pores and possibly a small amount of blood from piercing the skin, so it’s a good idea to give it a wash with some warm soapy water just to make sanitizing it easier next time you want to use it.

When it comes to using a Derma Roller on a weekly basis, it’s recommended that you start off only using it once a week to allow your skin to get used to such an invasive procedure. 

After a few weeks, you can start to do it more often. Eventually you should be able to roll up to three times a week and start seeing the amazing results.

Final say

Hopefully the mention of a little blood hasn’t put you off Dermarolling! When done properly and consistently, Dermarolling can be minimally invasive and produce maximum results.

When looking at purchasing a Derma Roller of your own, be sure to take into consideration the following elements:

  • The number of needles – generally, the more high-end rollers will contain more needles and typically the more needles, the better the results will be because it will be better at covering your entire face
  • The length of the needles – shorter needles work best for sensitive skin or thinner skin, such as the face. If you want to use a Derma Roller on thicker areas of skin on your body, you should use a longer needle
  • Quality of the roller – don’t be tempted by a crazy cheap deal, when it comes to putting needles near your face, you want to use the best quality materials