20 Tips on How to Use Derma Rollers for The First Time


Are you a first-timer in using derma rollers? If you do, here are the must-know tips on how to properly use Derma rollers the right way:

Tip No. 1 – Know the appropriate micro needle size

One of the common mistakes of first-timers is that they fail to know the appropriate needle size for the skin. Derma rollers have different needle sizes for a particular area in the skin. Shorter needle lengths are used in the eye and neck areas and back of the hand. While longer micro needles are used for the abdomen, extremities and the back of the foot area. These areas have thicker skin so it needs longer needles to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin.

Tip No. 2 – Look for the best derma roller product

There are many brands of derma rollers in the market. Hence, you should know the criteria on what to look for in a certain product. There are FDA approved derma roller device which is a very good option to look at when you are concerned about the quality and safety of the product. This point is very important, if you plan to use a home care derma roller device.

Tip No. 3 – Use the best skin care products

To enhance the therapeutic effects of derma rollers, you need to use the best skin care product. Take note that aside from skin rejuvenation, derma rollers are also used for faster and increased absorption of serums, moisturizers, creams and other topical agents. Hence, you need to find the appropriate skin care products so you can have the best results.

Tip No. 4 – Sanitize your derma rolling area

If you plan to use derma roller at home, you have to make sure that your derma rolling area is clean and sanitize. You need to disinfect the table area where you need to put your derma rollers. You also need to put the device on a sterile area to prevent any contamination and spread of any infection. You may use isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect the area.

Tip No. 5 – Know the parts of derma rollers

Knowing the parts of derma rollers will guide you on how to use the device properly.  Derma rollers are simple, hand-held device used for a minimally invasive surgical and therapeutic technique. It is composed of a cylinder which houses a hundred of micro needles. Just be extra careful when removing the cover of the cylinder because it may prick your fingers if you are in a hurry.

Tip No. 6 – Prepare your skin for derma rolling

To achieve a maximum result, make sure that you prepare your skin for the derma rolling session. Wash the specific area with soap and water. Then, you may cleanse and exfoliate the area using a chemical peel for a better result. Cleansing and exfoliating increases the faster absorption of the skin.

Tip No. 7 – Add 1 or 2 layers of your serum of choice

Adding one to two layers of your serum of choice will further enhance the therapeutic effects of derma rolling treatment. There are many types of serums to choose from, you can either use youth serum, anti-aging serums, Vitamin C serums and many others.

Tip No. 8 – Know how to roll properly

Gently roll over your derma roller in a vertical, horizontal and diagonal direction three to four times per area. If you are using it on your face, roll it twice on your forehead, cheeks, lips, chin and neck. No need for you to press it too hard because you may induce pain. Apply just enough pressure as you can comfortably tolerate. Take extra care when rolling underneath your eyes and lip area because these areas are too sensitive. Do not apply any serum on the eyelids.

Tip 9 – Apply another layer of serum after derma rolling

For best results, apply another layer of serum after having your derma rolling treatment. If you are not sensitive to retinols, you can apply it at night after rolling.

Tip 10 – Make derma rolling a habit

One of the common questions of first-timers is how often do they have to use derma rollers? Actually, there is no fixed or hard rule as to when your next session will be. You may use derma rollers as often as few times a week or you may use it once a month, depending on your preference and the area to be rolled. The principle here is that you should have an occasional derma rolling session to stimulate the repair process of the skin to continue healing until your skin achieve the cosmetic level.

Tip 11 – Cleanse your derma rollers after use

Use isopropyl or rubbing alcohol to cleanse your derma rollers. You can also put it in a plastic case to ensure that it is clean and it will not be exposed to any harmful microorganism.

Tip 12 – Do not over roll

One important tip in derma rolling is not to over roll the derma rollers. Over rolling may cause redness and inflammation and longer recovery time.

Tip 13 – Don’t forget to moisturize

Moisturizing your skin will improve the overall condition of the skin area hence it will be more receptive to derma rolling. Better to use non-comedogenic moisturizer to prevent clogging of pores.

Tip 14- Do not share your derma rollers

Even if you are too excited to share your derma rolling experience with your friends, never ever, share the device with someone else. This will prevent the transfer of any harmful bacteria in the skin which can be a source of infection.

Tip 15 – Check your derma rollers for any needle breakage

Home care derma rollers can be used for several sessions. Just make sure that you regularly check the rollers, if it is still in good condition. If the needles break, dispose it immediately or else it may be left in your skin while rolling which can cause inflammation and infection.

Tip 16 – Follow the instruction carefully

Make sure that you religiously follow the instructions on how to derma roll properly, to prevent any scarring and other side effects.

Tip 17 – Stick to your beauty regimen

Derma rollers are proven to be effective in reducing scars and other skin marks.  So, make sure that you stick to your regimen and treatment plan.  Be patient, you will see the visible results in just a few days.

Tip 18 – Don’t be shy to ask

Being a first-time user, you may have lots of doubts about the product. This is just normal for any consumer. If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to ask, so you can get a good and appropriate advice.

Tip 19 – Ask only the expert

Make sure that when you ask, you go for the right person. Ask a medical professional if you have any doubts about the treatment plan.

Tip 20 – Be patient in your recovery time

Unlike other skin rejuvenating procedures, you may not be able to perform your regular daily activities for more than two weeks. But in derma rolling session, your down time is only 2 to 4 days depending on the extent of the area treated.

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