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Derma Roller - Complete Guide

Derma (Skin) Roller Instructions

General Safety Guidelines

  1. The roller is intended for personal use. Do not share it with others.
  2. The roller should NOT be used on pustular acne lesions, active herpes outbreaks, or any other acute infection or inflammation of the skin, and is not recommended for those with the following:
    Blood clotting problems, Poor healing, Skin Malignacies , Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis , Severe solar keratosis , Raised moles/warts, Open cuts
  3. Always keep the roller in its case when not in use. Keep away from possible sources of contamination.
  4. Do not use the Roller on your eyelids, as the skin there is too thin.
  5. Be careful when rolling around the eyes. Do not roll higher than your cheek bone (you can, however, pull the skin beneath it and then roll).
  6. Do not use a skin roller if you've been using Accutane in the past 6 months.
  7. During pregnancy, avoid applying products containing vit. A such as Rose Hip Oil or Retin-A.


Rolling Instructions

  1. Prepare a clean table with the following: The roller itself, Cotton pads, 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (preferably in a spray bottle), disposable gloves (optional), Numbing cream (optional):

    Make sure the roller's needles never come in contact with any hard surface (you can lay it on its side on the table temporarily, if you need to).
  2. Wash the area you are treating with anti-bacterial soap and wipe it with alcohol.
  3. Rinse the roller under hot/boiling running water for a few seconds
  4. Put on a pair of disposable gloves, or clean your hands by spraying some alcohol on them and rubbing them until it evaporates.
  5. If you're using a numbing cream: Apply the cream according to the directions. It is important to remove the cream entirely before rolling! You can use cotton pads soaked with alcohol to do so.
  6. If you're using a cosmetic product, apply some of it and massage lightly.
  7. Rolling: Pull your skin with your free hand, and roll with the other one. Roll 4-8 times in each direction: horizontally, vertically and diagonally as shown. Apply enough pressure for the needles to penetrate your skin to their full length.
  8. If you're using a cosmetic product, apply some more of if it now and massage lightly.
  9. Wash the roller under hot water, spray it a few times with alcohol and air-dry it for about 10 minutes before putting it back in its case.


After Treatment

  1. Immediately after rolling, your skin will become fairly red. This inflammation is normal and will usually be gone within a few hours.
  2. Wait at least 6 hours before washing the treated area, and avoid all kinds of soaps for at least 24 hours.
  3. Do NOT cover your skin in bandages etc.
  4. Avoid prolong sun exposure or bathing in the sea for at least 24 hours.
  5. Do not use any anti-inflammatory topicals on your skin.


How Often Should I Roll?

The following is our recommendation based on our own experience as well as our customers'.

  • 0.25mm: Can be used daily on the same skin area (recommended: once every two days)
  • 0.5mm: Up to 3 times a week (twice if used vigorously)
  • 1.0mm: Once a week
  • 1.5mm: Once every 3-4 weeks (or 2 weeks, if used lightly)
  • 2.0mm: Every 5 weeks (Note: 1.5 is usually long enough for most purposes, as it reaches the dermis. 2.0mm and above should only be used a professional, and only on fleshy areas of your body such as the buttocks.)


About the author:

My name is Sarah Berk, or SarahB. homepage: . I live in Boston, MA and work as an author at Dr-Roller-Shop inc.