Your Guide to Dermal Rolling

Sometimes referred to as collagen induction therapy, dermal needling consists of using tiny needles to prick the surface of the skin. This is intended to effect cellular rejuvenation as the skin heals.

There are two types of dermal needling; medical microneedling and cosmetic dermal rolling. The former usually involves needles from 0.2 millimetres to 0.3 millimetres whilst the latter will involve needles from 0.5 millimetres to 3 millimetres. In this article we’re going to provide you with a step by step guide to cosmetic dermal rolling.

The first step in dermal rolling is to wash your face and then let it dry. Grasp the roller and use a small amount of pressure to apply short back and forth strokes. Work on separate areas of the face and neck and roll three to four times. Don’t roll too hard for too long; it’s better to have multiple light treatments. Going in too aggressively can have detrimental results.

Raise the roller up off the skin often, and make changes in roll direction; this will hep prevent the needles making tracks. Once you’ve finished rolling, apply serum and moisturiser. You should also disinfect your roller so it’s ready for next time. The ideal way to do this is to soak it for half an hour in a cup of water with a cotton pad and a denture tablet.

One final tip – it’s a good idea to get a hold of a good quality roller. Cheap models can have issues with the needles coming out or bending too easily. A model with titanium needles will tend to be more resilient and have lasting sharpness.