The Derma-Roller is a device intended to cure a variety of problems, including decreased collagen production in the skin and hair loss, through a process called micro-needling.
There are two ways to use the Derma-Roller: a highly aggressive weekly treatment (once every 4 to 6 weeks) requiring the use of a numbing topicaine gel, and a gentler method which can be repeated up to five times per week.
When used correctly, the device should produce a tickling sensation that is not painful and should not draw blood. No matter which method you use or which area you treat, though, the skin may become reddened and inflamed for a short time after, creating a feeling similar to a light sunburn. The use of a topical anti-inflammatory after treatment may help to relieve these symptoms. The use of sunblock during the next week is mandatory.
Those with open cuts, sores, sunburns, or any other inflammation or opening in the skin should avoid using any micro-needling product. Moreover, do not use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or have diabetes, blood problems, or any collagen disease. If you are on a regimen of aspirin, Nurofen, Vitamin E, or any drugs which may cause blood thinning, it is recommended to use the Derma-Roller only after a minimum of two weeks after your last dosage.
Preparation for Procedure
Before you begin your treatment, you will need a few supplies, including:
- The Derma-Roller
- Numbing topicaine gel (for aggressive treatments)
- A clock
- Anti-bacterial cream
- Cold water
- A clean towel
- A high-quality moisturizer
The first thing you will want to do after gathering your materials is to thoroughly wash your hands and the area you wish to treat, as well as disinfect your treatment table. Remember: hygiene is key to preventing infection.
If used, apply the numbing gel to your face and wipe off the excess with a washcloth. Avoiding your eyes and lips, use the Derma-Roller on the desired area by rolling over it several times in different directions. The manufacturer suggests 10 rolls vertically, 10 horizontally, and 10 in each diagonal direction. Vigorous use may result in reddening for up to several days, while a more gentle approach will cause these effects to last for only a few minutes. Keep in mind that while the second option requires more commitment, it causes much less overall trauma to the skin.
Before using the Derma-Roller on your scalp, be sure to clean the area by showering and washing it thoroughly. Roll the Derma-Roller over your scalp in only one direction – not back and forth. Afterwards, apply, one milliliter of Minoxidil to thinning or balding areas and massage into your scalp. Flaking may occur; if so, simply shampoo your hair and rub off the flakes.
Wash all treated areas with cold water, gently drying the skin after. If you have used a numbing gel, immediately use an anti-bacterial cream once the area is clean. Follow with a high-quality moisturizer to reduce skin trauma. It is recommended to use a moisturizer containing Vitamins C and E since their absorption rate is greatly increased by the use of the Derma-Roller.
After you have finished your treatment, you will need to properly clean and store your Derma-Roller. Rinsing the device under hot running water will help to keep it clean of dead skin, bacteria, and other infection-causing particles. The device will need to be cleaned on a weekly basis by standing it in a glass of disinfectant, head first, for around half an hour. Be aware that you should never leave the Derma-Roller in the disinfectant for more than one hour. Let the Derma-Roller stand and dry on a clean towel before storing. When it has dried completely, put the plastic cap back on and store the roller in its provided plastic tube.