1. Disinfect the roller before use.
Tiny needles are penetrating your skin, so you want to disinfect those needles first. Spray or soak the roller with 91% isopropyl alcohol. Leave it to dry for 10 minutes.
2. Wash your skin in warm water. It's important to start with clean skin. For example, you could use a gentle foaming cleanser for your face to thoroughly clean your skin. Bar soap or shower gel and water for other parts of your body are fine. The point is you need to start with clean skin, and it's fine to use your typical cleansers.
- However, you don't want to start with anything too harsh, so skip facial cleansers with things like salicyclic acid in them. Opt for something gentler.
3. Disinfect your skin with 50% alcohol. If you're using needles 0.5 mm or longer, you should disinfect your skin in addition to the roller. Gently swipe a cotton round soaked with rubbing alcohol (50% isopropyl) all across your skin.
4. Begin with a numbing cream if you prefer. Most people aren't sensitive to the needles, but if you're sensitive to pain, you can use a numbing cream first, particularly if you have needles that are 1.0 millimeter or longer. Rub a lidocaine cream into the area, and leave it for 20 minutes before you start rolling.
- Wipe off any excess cream before you roll and clean skin with 50% isopropyl.
5. Roll vertically. Start on one edge of the area. Roll up from top to bottom, avoiding the eye socket area if you're doing your face. Lift it up, and roll over the same area again, repeating 6 times in total. Move the roller over and repeat. Keep going until you've done the whole area.
6. Roll horizontally. Starting at the top or bottom, roll across the area horizontally. Lift up, and roll over the same area again. Roll over it 6 times altogether. Move down or up a little bit, and repeat the process until you've done the whole area.
7. Stop rolling after 7 minutes, particularly on your face. If you are also including your neck, you can derma roll for a total of 10 minutes, no more. You can overdo it with microneedling, especially on your face. Therefore, it's a good idea to limit each rolling session to under 7 minutes if you can.
8. Use a derma roller once a week. Using it too often can lead to inflammation. At most, try using your derma roller once a week, making sure to give your skin a break. Some people only use this treatment every 6 weeks.
9. Hydrate your skin. It can help to use a hydration product after you're done. For instance, a sheet mask can help you hydrate and heal. Another option is applying an anti-aging or anti-wrinkle serum after you're done, for example, hyaluronic acid, retinol or Vitamin C serums. These serums will penetrate more deeply because of the micro holes.
10. Disinfect the roller after use. Shake off excess water. Put the roller in 91% isopropyl alcohol. Let it soak for 10 minutes before shaking off the alcohol. Give it a chance to air dry before putting it away.