Microneedling Instructions for Before and After:

Tips and Advice for Before and After Administration of Micro-needling (Dermarolling) at Home.

Microneedling or Dermarolling is increasing in popularity due to its relatively low cost, ease of procedure, and host of benefits. There are preparations and precautions one must take before and after doing so to ensure a proper recovery, as the risk of infection and chemical complications exists. This article will give you some instructions to follow.

An Excellent Derma Roller Routine on how to use derma roller on face, watch video “How I Cured My Acne Scars”:

Finding a Derma Roller

The most distinguished feature of a derma roller is the size of the needle. Short ones are 0.2 to 0.3 mm, and are used mainly to improve absorption of products post-procedure. The standard size is 0.5 mm, at which collagen release is prompted. Larger sizes can go up to 3 mm, and are used solely for the treatment of deep scars; these are not recommended for use outside of clinics. Most beginners should start with 0.5 mm needles.
Additionally, one should look for rollers equipped with 540 needles or more. These are less spaced out, and provide better treatment. So first find out which size needle you should use.

Derma roller online stores are a good place to start the search so that customer reviews may be consulted.

One should always buy a new roller for hygiene purposes, never secondhand. However, if one does not have the time to shop extensively.

Preparing the Skin for Rolling

It is expected that the area should be free of makeup, and cleaned well to avoid infection. It is also expected that skin affected by acne or cold sores should be worked around. But there are some other precautions to take, such as avoiding treatments like waxing or laser work two weeks before. Extended exposure to the sun is also inadvisable.
The key is to avoid any sort of work or conditions that will irritate the skin, so that the microneedling procedure does not compound the damage.

Research the Procedure

One should look up tutorials and instruction manuals to get a better idea of what to do – the booklet that comes with the roller is especially relevant for what can and cannot be done. Video demonstrations are useful in clarifying otherwise vague terms such as “light touch” or “moderate pressure”; they are not difficult to find on the Internet either, on youtube, etc. At www.dermarollerqmd.com you will find interesting videos on derma roller techniques and routines  as the one we posted on this page, right below, that will help you put together the right procedure..

Products to Apply Before A Dermaroller Session

The only product one should apply before the procedure is numbing cream. Lidocaine or prilocaine are the active ingredients in most suitable products, and are available at most pharmacies under brand names such as Emla, Lidocaine Plus, or ZCaine. If you do not have previous experience with your chosen product, test a small patch on the back of your hand to check for allergies before using.
Once the test is complete: apply it for fifteen to twenty minutes. Wearing gloves for this will preserve sensation in your fingers for better handling of the roller. Afterwards, wipe off with a damp towel, and ensure that none remains so that it does not enter the puncture spots.

Note that leaving the cream on for a longer period will result in over-sensitivity instead of the desired anesthetic effect.
Upon completing the procedure, the next few steps aim to create the right environment for the skin to heal.

Products to Apply After A Microneedling Procedure: After Derma Roller what to use?

After Derma Roller what to use? is one of the most frequently asked questions.Lets see if we can answer it here:

One of the most touted benefits is an increased absorption of applied skincare ingredients and nutrients. The perforated channels stay open for around an hour after rolling; this is the best window to apply the product.

  1. Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid are the two most commonly used products, prevent infection and enable faster healing.
  2. Additionally, using an Anti-bacterial cream such as Polysporin or Neosporin is wise to prevent infection (only in cases with high risk of infection is adviseable).
  3. Anti-wrinkling or Anti-aging Serums are a favored choice that works in tandem with the body’s own release of collagen.
  4. Moisturizers,
  5. Cell Renewal Lotions and even
  6. Facial Masks also work well – the enhanced penetration into the living skin layer greatly boosts their performance

However, these channels are not selective. Toxic or irritating substances will also be absorbed deeper, leading to potentially costly complications.

Before use, check the intended product for: comedogenic ingredients; preservatives like BHA; parabens such as benzoic acid; other acids such as glycolic, salicylic, trichlooacetic, alpha and beta hydroxy acids; and artificial fragrances that break down into dangerous compounds within the body.

More elaborate lists are available online from beautician or specialist sites.

Some examples of products include the Mond’Sub series of facial masks, which acts both as a protective barrier and a regular mask that delivers nutrients to the skin.

The White Lotus brand of serums focus on anti-aging, scar and stretch mark reducing, and are made wholly of organic, natural ingredients. There are even product lines designed specifically for microneedling use, such as the ProCell series of serums.

If you must use makeup, mineral-based ones are preferred. If you cannot avoid exposure to the sun, use a light sunscreen of SPF 15. Whichever the case, plan your session accordingly so that your skin has time to close up before being exposed to the outside..

Activities to Avoid After Using a Derma Roller

Regular activities are acceptable as long as one avoids direct sunlight exposure. Strenuous activities like swimming or running should be stopped temporarily as production of sweat interferes with the healing process, and can trap dust or dirt inside.
An allowance of twenty four to forty eight hours should be made for this abstinence.

Side Effects of Skin Rollers

If one has used numbing cream before the procedure, a mild discomfort will only set in a few hours after, when the anesthetic wears off. This is a natural dermaroller side effect and will pass as the skin heals.
Additionally, one may experience slight bleeding, redness, inflammation or tightness of skin. These are all common side effects that should not be worried over. Again, an allowance of twenty four to forty eight hours should be made; if it persists past that, consult a medical professional immediately.


Disinfecting the Derma Roller

Sterilizing the roller should be done promptly after the procedure. Dip the head into a cup of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and let it soak for fifteen minutes. Any homebrand solution is sufficient, as long as it is at least 70% alcohol.  Return the cover soon after, as it prevents the needles from getting bent.



(Most of our derma roller models include a free soaking cup for disinfetion of the roller head.)




Timing the Next Needling Procedure (How Often Can I Use My Derma Roller?)

How long a period one should wait before repeating the procedure depends on the size of the needles used and how fast the skin is able to heal. Daily rolling is inadvisable as this can result in permanent scarring and tenderness; a trial of once a week if 0.5 mm needles are used is good.

Be patient

Light treatments usually yield results in six weeks, but deeper scars or wrinkles will require a few more rounds. Rushing the procedure will only lead to persistent damage of the skin.
In short, microneedling should be handled the same way as any other skin treatment, even if it is self administered at home. Always take the necessary precautions, and when in doubt, consult a professional.


written by: Lancie_Herald Self