Dermarolling DIY – How to Use a Dermaroller at Home

Dermarolling is a form of microneedling which basically involves using a mini wheel covered with hundreds of tiny needles to gently prick the face. They look like mini torture devices but, trust us, they work miracles for clearing acne scars, fading fine lines, and evening out skin tone.

Dermarolling can actually be a fantastic way to get your skincare products such as oils and serums to better absorb into the skin. The tiny needles create a pathway to allow these products to soak deeper into your skin. dermarollers with a 0.1 to 0.2mm needle size are specifically for creating micro pathways in the skin for product to better penetrate. While there is a larger needle dermaroller, such as 0.5mm, this creates a would healing stimulation on your skin. This means that this size needle creates tiny pricks around the skin and gives enough space in between so the wound healing response takes over. You essentially grow new skin and can help to heal scars. So buy a dermaroller with the needles sized for the desired results you’re looking for.

Is Dermarolling for YOU?

Now you may be wondering if your skin would benefit from a dermaroller, and the answer to that is most likely YES. Most skin types can benefit from using a dermaroller. Someone that has previous acne scarring, someone with larger pores, someone who just wants a skin-tightening boost are all perfect for dermarolling. Depending on the needle length you will see different results. For example, for scarring you’ll want thicker and deeper needles, and to refine pores, you’ll need thin, short needles.

Now there are certain situations and skin problems that don’t go well with dermarolling, including anyone with eczema, psoriasis, and warts (which are prone to spreading, so rolling all over your face isn’t ideal). For anyone with acne, you shouldn’t roll over cystic skin or an open wound from a zit because it’ll spread bacteria all over the face and cause more breakouts. Also, steer clear of dermarolling if you use retinol because it will cause a very unpleasant reaction and be quite painful. Stop your retinol use a few days prior to dermarolling and test out a small section of your skin to be sure it isn’t too sensitive, if so, you may need to wait a bit longer before your skin isn’t as sensitive.

How to Use a Dermaroller

First, be sure you are being extremely clean. I mean, we are talking needles here so you want to be sure your hands are sterilized and your dermaroller and face are completely clean before you begin. Start with a clean face, and roll your dermaroller horizontally across your skin. Create a pattern where you follow your path horizontally down your face until you reach the bottom. You will want to repeat this process vertically. A suggested technique is to start in the middle of the face and work outwards. You don’t want to be pressing into your skin, just use a light hand. Does dermarolling hurt? Yes and no. You want to feel the needles, but not make yourself uncomfortable or in pain. Keep in mind the larger needle you use, the more you will feel the needles on your skin. Once you have thoroughly covered your skin with your dermaroller, it is now time to apply your skincare products. We recommend using anti-aging products such as MintPear’s Collagen Serum to stimulate collagen production deep into your skin, followed by MintPear’s Rosehip Night Serum to calm, repair, and heal your skin’s texture.

You should see results pretty much right away, but it is recommended to use your dermaroller about once a week to see the best collagen stimulating results. 

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