A Guide To Using Derma-Rollers: Is It Right For You?

Posted on: 8 April 2018


Derma-rollers can be used for all types of skin issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars (or other scars) and stretch marks and pigmentation of the skin. Derma-rollers can be used on the face, but they can also be used on other areas of the body as well. The type of derma-roller you use depends on what you are using it for and your skin type. If you aren't sure if derma-rollers are for you, read on for further information to help guide you.

What Is A Derma-Roller?

A derma-roller is a small rolling mechanism with tiny needles on it that you roll onto your skin. The needles penetrate the skin, which will help rejuvenate the skin cells and can effectively repair damage to the skin. The needles may cause you to bleed a bit, and could cause redness and swelling. It should not cause severe skin soreness or bleeding (if it does, discontinue its use). 

How To Use A Derma-Roller

The derma-roller is used by pressing it firmly, but gently on the skin so the needles penetrate the skin. Roll it on the skin in a vertical movement, then move it horizontally across the skin. Repeat this movement of the roller so you cover all of the skin you are trying to treat. If using the derma-roller on the face, be sure not to use it on the eyelids or the nose, and carefully use the roller when near the eyes or lips.

Before you actually use the derma-roller, use it on another area of the body to be sure the needles don't irritate you or cause any type of negative reaction to the skin. Some people may not like the feel of needles on the skin, so if you don't like this, discontinue use.

How To Care For Your Derma-Roller

The derma-roller has needles that are being penetrated into the skin. The derma-roller should be cleaned and sanitized with alcohol before you use it. It should be cleaned before and after using it. Also be sure to keep it stored in a container away from anything that may contaminate the roller. Make sure the needles on the roller are completely dry before storing it to ensure the needles stay in good shape.

The derma-roller should be replaced every six months if you use it often, as the needles may dull making it not as effective.

If you have acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation of the skin caused by sunspots or acne scars, a derma-roller may be for you. Talk to your dermatology professional near you about using a derma-roller for your skin.