What is derma rolling and how do you do it safely at home?
-Jul 18, Hannah Hargrave, Beauty -
Rolling hundreds or even thousands of needles across your face sounds seriously scary but derma rolling is still trending, so if you’re interested in trying the skincare procedure at home here’s what you should know first.
Making tiny holes in your face sounds more like torture than a beauty treatment and yet more and more women are turning to derma rolling in an attempt to improve their skin. But before you pick up your spiky cylindrical device for some DIY collagen stimulation, you might want to read some of these derma rolling do’s and don’ts.
What is derma rolling?
If you’re reading this article it’s more than likely that you’ve heard of derma rolling, even if you haven’t tried it. But in case you are a complete newbie to this procedure here’s a quick description of what it is.
Derma rolling is a form of micro-needling, where the skin is wounded by hundreds of tiny needles being rolled across the skin. The concept is that when your skin then repairs itself by producing more collagen the result is a fresher, more youthful looking complexion. Those who suffer from acne, age spots, wrinkles and scars are said to benefit the most from the procedure.
When to derma roll?
It’s best to do it at night so that your skin has time to repair itself as you sleep. Although the tiny wounds generally heal within 15 minutes, you want to give your skin as much time as possible to rest. You do not want bacteria spreading so it’s suggested you don’t exercise – so as not to sweat – or wear makeup for 24 hours after your roll.
Your skin will also be red after the treatment doing it at night ensures your skin will return to it’s natural colour by the morning.
How often should you derma roll?
It depends on the size of the derma roller needles. Most people who derma roll at home stick to under 0.75mm. The larger ones deeply penetrate the skin and can cause damage if used incorrectly, so it’s better to seek out a professional to do it for you if you have deeper routed skin issues. The Derma Roller Store has these recommendations:
0.25/0.3mm: Every day or every other day
0.5mm: 2-3 times a week
1.0mm: Once a week
1.5mm: Once every two weeks if used lightly, once every 3-4 weeks if used more vigorously.
2.0mm: Once every five weeks
Collagen production is a slow process so you need to have patience. Don’t expect to see results overnight. In fact most people have to wait at least a months to see noticeable improvements in their skin.
Derma rolling don’ts
– Don’t use a derma roller on irritated skin, such as open acne, eczema, infections or moles.
– Don’t use a derma roller on your eyelids because the skin is much too thin.
– Don’t share derma rollers with anyone else as this can lead to bacterial contamination and infections.
How to derma roll correctly
1. Wash your hands
2. Wipe your skin with a bacteria wash or wipe
3. If you’re using a numbing cream, apply by following the manufacturer’s instructions and ensure to wipe off before rolling.
4. Rinse the derma roller under hot water.
5. With your spare hand pull the area you want to treat taut. Roll the derma roller forward and back applying enough pressure that the needles penetrate the skin. Use the forward and back motion to go vertically, horizontally and diagonally over the same spot (but lifting between rolls) approximately 10 times in each direction. Forward and back equals two times.
5. Wash your face and gently towel or air dry.
6. Apply 100% all natural Lumity Facial Oil – or any oil of your choice – which will be easily and safely absorbed into the skin.