The derma roller is a device used to puncture the skin using several tiny needles. It does this in to get rid of dead scar tissue and generate new cells, stimulating collagen. It can be used to treat wrinkles and scars all over the body. You can find derma roller treatment at dermatology clinics as well as beauty salons and spas. They can also be purchased for use at home.
Make sure you wash both your hands with liquid hand soap as well as the area you will be applying the derma roller. Dry your skin after cleansing, and before using the derma roller.
Use your free hand to pull at your skin so it is taut. Then use your other hand to gently roll the derma roller two to three times on the area. Roll it across the area in one direction, and then turn it and roll in the opposite direction on the same area. If the roller hurts or you notice any bloody spots, then you are applying too much pressure.
Protect the skin with moisturizer. Use antibacterial cream or gel if you notice any blood spots.
Make sure to keep your derma roller clean by rinsing it in warm water after use, and letting it air dry in a clean, dry area. It should be disinfected after 4-5 times of use. Do this by letting it stand in a cup of rubbing alcohol for at least a minute.
You Will Need:
- Body soap or liquid hand soap
- Rubbing alcohol
- A soft towel
- antibacterial gel or cream
It is safe to use a roller with needles between ¼ and ½ inches in length, but any longer can damage the skin if not done by a professional. The derma roller should also not be used for people with sensitive skin or a sunburn. It is recommended that you use short needles if you plan on using the derma roller on your face. Be extremely cautious to avoid the eye area when using the derma roller. Consult a professional before using the derma roller. The numbing cream is generally used to reduce pain. If your skin becomes dry and flaky, please discontinue using the derma roller and consult your physician if you experience sensitivity or pain.
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Chloe Glynne is a skin care consultant with 12 years of personal experience in the industry. She is recognized for her skin care advice in the treatment of skin disorders such as acne and rosacea, unwanted wrinkles, fine lines, puffy eyes, damaged skin, with emphasis on anti-aging.