Dermarollers are an amazing tool to help with a variety of skin issues like acne scars, wrinkles, stretch marks and even hair loss. But there is a ton of misinformation being spread around, especially about disinfecting dermarollers. Since dermarollers work by causing micro-injuries in the skin, it's important to keep them clean so you can continue to enjoy new collagen generated naturally by the body. Avoid one of the most common dermaroller mistakes by making sure you take all appropriate measures to disinfect your dermaroller.
Whether you are dermarolling the face, the scalp, or any other applicable parts of the body, dirty dermarollers will always pose a risk of infection that you should avoid at all cost. The good news is that it's fairly easy to prevent this from happening, as long as you're consistent in your dermarolling routine as well as your disinfection efforts. Read on for a few tips for cleaning your dermaroller, which will prove useful to the dermarolling pro and the dermarolling beginner alike.
Should You Clean a Dermaroller Before First Use?
If you have just bought a new dermaroller, make sure it comes in sterile packaging. If the dermaroller is wrapped in some sort of loose material, it's a good idea to clean it before you use it for the first time. If your dermaroller came inside store packaging that wasn't damaged in any way, then your dermaroller should be clean and safe to use. BUT, why not get some early practice by disinfecting your dermaroller before you use it for the first time just for good measure?
Disinfecting Your Dermaroller
The best way to disinfect your dermaroller is pouring isopropyl alcohol 70% or higher directly on it.
Pro Tip: Do not submerge your dermaroller as you can end up damaging the needles, compromising your skincare device and your routine as a result. Many skincare "authorities" suggest for people to submerge in a glass. Sure, that's fine for fake needle dermarollers maybe, but if you're using REAL needle dermarollers, you'll want to stay away from this practice.
Use isopropyl alcohol 70% or higher to properly disinfect -- and accept nothing less. Lightly move the dermaroller around to loosen all the dirt. Just a friendly reminder: Remember not to wash or soak your dermaroller ever.
We get asked a lot about using sprays to clean dermarollers, which isn't necessarily bad but might not be powerful enough to kill all bacteria.
Finally, let the dermaroller dry. You could place it on a clean towel. You can also place it in the case. The case, of course, must also be clean and dry. Do not dermaroll until the tool is completely dry.
Final Notes on Cleaning Dermarollers
As mentioned before, during the cleaning process, be careful with the needles because they are easy to damage and bend. Try not to let them touch any borders or hard surfaces. Also, do not try to clean the dermaroller in any alternative ways. Do not use sterilizing machines or try to boil your dermaroller in water -- serious structural damage can occur. Just using tap water is also not enough. Tap water might also have unclean particles.
In conclusion, dirty dermarollers could lead to costly problems, like infections, but it also compromises your positive results. Let's avoid this by making sure to disinfect your dermaroller before and after each procedure. Remember, be careful with the needles, so you do not damage them in the process.
How is your dermaroller cleaning process going? What sort of results are you experiencing? Gin Amber Beauty would love to know!