MICRO-NEEDLING MISTAKES


Five Important Things To Avoid If You Use A Derma Roller


Micro-needling is basically collagen induction therapy. It stimulates collagen synthesis, improves the absorption of topical post-care products and helps to reduce acne scarring and melasma. If you haven't heard about rolling your face with needles (in the name of beauty!) then check out this post for some helpful info.


I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DOING THOROUGH RESEARCH BEFORE YOU PUT A DERMA ROLLER ANYWHERE NEAR YOUR FACE.

As with any at- home device it's helpful to ask your esthetician, beautician or physician for advice first, and even have a few treatments done. Especially when the treatment involves needles and sterilization!

To perform a safe micro-needling treatment at home you will need to prepare. You can't just buy a derma roller and start rolling! Clue yourself up on the facts, and know if it's a suitable procedure for your skin type first. Otherwise, you risk damaging your skin.

So, read on if you'd like to know which harmful ingredients to avoid post-treatment, how to spot a fake derma roller and more. 




ABNORMAL SKIN CONDITIONS

Micro-needling can do wonders for old acne scars, but if you use a derma roller on active acne, cold
sores or any other contagious skin conditions you can spread the infection or virus around the face. 

If have any of the following skin conditions you should avoid using a derma roller;




TOXIC POST-CARE PRODUCTS

The next 24-48 hours after derma rolling are of the utmost importance! What you apply to your skin
for the next day or two after micro-needling can either enhance your treatment or have a detrimental effect on your skin. 
Micro-needling dramatically accelerates the absorption of topical products. The needles create micro-injuries in the skin through which topical products can travel reaching levels of the epidermis, at concentrations not otherwise possible.

Avoid using any skincare products that contain the following ingredients;







EXFOLIATION

Any kind of abrasive skin treatment in the days following micro-needling is not advised. This includes physical exfoliators like face scrubs and exfoliating acids like Alpha-Hydroxy Acids or Beta-Hydroxy Acids.

Avoid all skincare products that contain any of the following acids;






FAKE NEEDLES!

The most important thing to look for when purchasing a derma roller is individual needles, as opposed to needle wheels as pictured below. Most rollers with real needles will cost a couple of bucks more than the fake ones!





Here are some FDA approved derma rollers with REAL needles;
Skin Radiance





A good rule of thumb when buying derma rollers is to compare prices. If one is ridiculously cheaper than the rest it's more than likely a bad quality roller. It's best to buy from a reputable company and an authorized reseller. Also, look for the holograph sticker on the case.










STERILIZING WITH THE WRONG ALCOHOL


Derma rolling needs to be taken seriously, or you could damage your skin. Rollers MUST BE STERILIZED with 70% isopropyl alcohol/rubbing alcohol before and after use. DO NOT USE mouthwash, barbicide, witch hazel or any other disinfecting agents.


70% isopropyl alcohol, sometimes called rubbing alcohol is recommended. NOT 99% or 91%. 70% evaporates more slowly, therefore it remains in contact with microbial organisms for a longer period of time. Meaning it kills everything!

If you're in the UK rubbing alcohol is really hard to find for some reason. I buy mine here


If you would like more information on how to use a derma roller check out my previous post where I cover the basics. But always do your own research before embarking on any new facial treatments at home.