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.


As with any at-home beauty device/tool, it's helpful to ask your esthetician or beautician for advice first, and even book a few treatments. Especially when it involves needles!

To perform a safe micro-needling treatment at home you need to research and prepare otherwise you risk damaging your skin.  Find out if it's a suitable procedure for your skin type.

Read on if you'd like to know which harmful ingredients to avoid post-treatment, how to spot a fake derma roller and more. Don't begin your derma rolling until you read this list! 


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


The next 24-48 hours after derma rolling are of the utmost importance! What you apply to your skin
directly after micro-needling can either enhance your treatment or potentially damage 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;


Treat your skin with extra care post micro-needling. Any kind of abrasive skin products in the days following this treatment is not advised. This includes physical exfoliators like face scrubs and exfoliating acids like AHAs or BHAs.

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


The most important thing to look for when purchasing a derma roller is individual needles, as opposed to needle wheels as pictured below. Most fake rollers boast 540 needles, whereas a good quality roller with real needles will have a couple hundred fewer needles. Normally around 200/240.

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

Another 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 FDA approved from a reputable company and an authorized reseller. Also, look for the holograph sticker on the case.


Derma rolling needs to be taken seriously, or you could damage your skin. Rollers must be sterilized with 70% ISOPROPYL 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 over 99% or 91% as it 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 trying out new at-home beauty tools or devices.