In the wise words of Beyoncé, "Pretty hurts." I believe she was speaking specifically about dermarolling. For those unfamiliar, dermarolling, or micro-needling, is the process in which tiny needles are rolled across your face creating little wounds so your skin can create more collagen as it heals and absorb serums more effectively through the skin. It can be done at a dermatologist or at home.
All joking aside, this shit works. I'e been doing it on and off for six months and am so impressed with the results. Yes, it stings and itches, but the morning after I dermaroll, my skin is plump and smooth, and I've noticed a significant in my hyperpigmentation when I dermaroll with a vitamin C serum. Not to mention, the big wrinkle on my forehead is GONE.
I admit, before I tried dermarolling at home, I was a little nervous I was going to mess it up. So many needles. While I found some tutorials helpful, I had to look in a handful of places to get the full story. So here is my full story, step-by-step with my tips and tricks in between.
- Dermarollers come in all different sizes -- from 0.25 to 1.5. This is the size of the needles. You're going to want to start small, at 0.25, and built up over time. These tools can run $15-25 (don't pay more!) and last you about a year when the needles start to get dull.
- Be careful handling the roller -- you don't want to lay it on a counter or towel. Always keep it in its holder or laying on its side. This will keep the needles sharp and ensure that it stays clean.
Soak your dermaroller in rubbing alcohol for 20-30 mins. During this time, do a thorough wash of your face. To get super clean, I take off my makeup with coconut oil and wash with a glycerin soap like Youth To The People, and pat dry with a clean towel.
Why so clean?
You're about to poke a lot of tiny holes in your face. ANY bacteria could lead to infection or blemishes. This is why it's also best NOT to dermaroll when you have a breakout, otherwise you will be spreading that breakout all of your face. No one wants that.
2/ First round of serum
Prep your face with some serum. Personally, I love Vitamin C. It's great for reducing hyperpigmentation and making skin brighter.
What's the deal with the serum?
Dermarolling helps your skin absorb serums, making them work more effectively. If you're using a serum to improve your skin, dermarolling is going to make it work better.
Ok, are you ready? Dividing your face into sections -- cheeks, chin, forehead, temples -- rolling each section of your face vertically-- cheeks, chin, forehead, temples. After you have rolled vertically, repeat rolling on those sections horizontally and then diagonally in both directions.
- Roll lightly! Don't press hard at all. Those needles are going to do their thing.
- Stay away from the skin around your eyes. It may be tempting to roll over those fine lines, but that skin is far too sensitive for deese needles.
4/ Next round of serums
Repeat with another round or two of serums, depending on what you have. Feel free to reapply the serum from before. No biggie. In this round, I love something hydrating like Bell Mountain Naturals', especially in the winter when my skin is screaming for moisture.
How NOT to serum
Your face is now covered in tiny holes (I can't stress this enough) so your typical serum routine of swiping across your face is not a good idea. Instead, dab the serum into your skin by pressing with your fingertips.
5/ Keep it clean
Put that roller back in a fresh bowl of alcohol for another 30 mins before putting it back in its case, and keep your hands away from your face. For the next couple hours your face will probably be red, raw, and pretty itchy. Resist the urge at all costs to touch it, and try sleeping on your back, or at the very least, sleeping with a fresh pillowcase.