How to Use a Derma Roller
So, you know you should be derma rolling... but how exactly should you be doing it? We’ve got you!
There are different needle lengths and roller sizes available to treat areas of the face, neck and décolletage. Be sure to read the instructions clearly before starting and if you have any questions, ask your Cai Therapist or send us a message.
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What is derma rolling?
Also known as at-home microneedling, derma rolling involves using a small handheld device covered in very fine needles to create tiny pinpricks in the skin.
The difference between a clinical microneedling treatment and an at-home version such as derma rolling is that the needles on a derma roller are much smaller than those used in clinic at Caci, and we also combine our microneedling treatment with electroporation to allow a tailored serum to absorb deeper into the skin.
Home rolling, on the other hand, is a great way to support your in-clinic treatments and the effects of your skincare products, achieving long-lasting results over time.
Our home rollers are available in a Mini 0.3mm size for the eye and nose area, and the Standard 0.3mm or 0.5mm size for the face and neck.
What are the benefits?
Derma rolling causes pinpricks to the skin, which in turn triggers the body’s natural wound healing response, stimulating collagen and elastin production.
This is important because these are the two ‘building blocks’ of healthy skin, resulting in stronger, smoother skin. For this reason, derma rolling (and to a larger extent, microneedling) can help with textural issues such as scarring and can even help to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
The other major benefit of derma rolling is that by opening very fine channels in the skin, it allows any skincare products you apply afterwards, like moisturiser and eye cream, to absorb better and work more effectively.
How to: Derma Roller 0.3mm or 0.5mm - Face and Neck
Step 1 - Clean skin and hands thoroughly
Step 2 - Standing in front of a mirror, imagine your face divided into sections; within these sections, roll the area in a grid pattern. This will ensure you treat all areas of the face/neck. Avoid lips and eyes.
Step 3 - Hold the skin tight, in small sections, roll back and forth 4-5 times. Then, lift the roller and change direction: roll up and down, diagonal one way, then diagonal the other, as if you were making an asterisk shape - lifting the roller off the skin with every change in direction. Repeat over each section of your face.
Step 4 - If you would like to treat your neck and décolletage, follow step 3, holding the skin tight and working in small sections.
Step 5 - After rolling, follow with a serum to suit your concerns, then moisturiser.
Step 6 - Sanitise your roller and leave to dry before storing back the the protective case.
How to: Derma Roller 0.3mm - Eye and Nose
Step 1 - Clean skin and hands thoroughly
Step 2 - To treat the eye area- It is important not to roll past the bone of the eye socket or below your eyebrows. Before you start, use your finger to trace the bone around your eye - you can use a makeup pencil to help ensure you don't roll too close.
Step 3 - Hold the skin tight, in small sections, roll back and forth 4-5 times. Then, lift the roller and change direction: roll up and down and diagonal one way then the other, repeat over each section.
Step 4 - To treat the nose area - Gently hold your nose to one side so that your mini roller can get to the area. In small sections, roll back and forth repeating Step 3.
Step 5 - After rolling, follow with a serum to suit your skin concerns, then moisturiser.
Step 6 - Sanitise your roller and leave to dry before storing back in the protective case.
For best results, start by using once a week and then slowly increase as recommended by your Treatment Provider. Roll for no longer than 2 minutes in total. After rolling, follow with a serum to suit your skin concerns, then moisturiser.
What should I know before derma rolling?
The most important thing is to start slow by using your roller just once a week, to allow your skin time to adjust. You should always keep your roller clean to avoid the risk of infection, and while home rolling it’s essential to use sunscreen during the day and avoid using any products with strong active ingredients immediately afterwards, such as retinol or Vitamin C.
Extra tips before your roll:
- Use your 0.5mm roller no more than once a week
- Do not use if skin is irritated, infected, had active acne or rosacea
- Do not roll eyelids or lips
- If signs of irritation appear, rinse skin with water and discontinue use before consulting with your Caci Therapist
- Your roller is for your use only
For more in depth advice about derma rolling, we’d recommend popping in for a free consultation at your nearest clinic.