Your Guide to: Derma Rolling

Derma roller

We break down everything you need to know about derma rolling, and why it could be a game changer for your skincare routine.

If you’ve never tried derma rolling before, the idea of having tiny needles rolled into your skin can sound scary. However, this at-home skincare tool can have great benefits when used correctly and safely, so if you’re thinking of adding it to your routine here’s what you need to know.

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 Skinsmiths, 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 a Hyaluronic Acid or eye cream, to absorb better and work more effectively. 

How do I do it?

Step 1. Stretch the area of the skin with your fingers, about 1cm apart
Step 2. Roll in small 1cm sections like a union jack, do this four times 4x each way
Step 3. Have good pressure but do not be too aggressive
Step 4. Follow along the jaw line, then move to checks, then the temples and frown lines and finally, the forehead.
Step 5. It is essential to sanitise roller using a sanitising spray to avoid the build up of bacteria. Then pop it back in it's cradle with lid.

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.

For more in depth advice about derma rolling, we’d recommend popping in for a free consultation at your nearest clinic.