I’ve already talked about using dermarollers (microneedling) at home, and most probably, the tool is not foreign to you. The bunch of needles create micro paths into your skin to help it regenerate, but most importantly, increase the absorption of what you apply after needling on your skin. That’s deadly important!
Actually, there are a few rules when it comes to what ingredients to use and what to avoid after dermarolling. Dermarollers are multi-tasking tools used for many purposes, either you dealing with acne scars, hyperpigmentation, or even aging signs. Because all these skin concerns get improved if the collagen production and blood flow are boosted, cells are regenerating, and you intake more of the products you layer after. And by products, I mean serums, you’ll soon see why they work best.
Considering you’ve decided this is a good day for dermarolling — no severe breakouts, no wounds or active irritations, and not planning to apply makeup for the next 24 hours — you’re in the right spot.
Here I’ll give you some hints of what to use (and avoid) after dermarolling for all skin concerns.
Lotions and moisturizers are too thick formulated, and it would take more time to get absorbed into the skin than a serum. Serums have the perfect consistency to penetrate the skin right after you use your derma-roller. On top of that, serums are highly concentrated with active ingredients, delivering more properties into the skin tissue, mainly when applied after microneedling.
Can I use a serum to prime before dermarolling?
Yes. Actually, it’s wise to apply a serum before you start to roll since it’ll act as a barrier between your skin and the needles and increase absorption even more. All you need to do is picking a serum aligned with your needs. But what serum should you choose? Whether your issue is aging skin, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, excess sebum, dryness, or dullness, there’s a serum out there to fix it. Before getting to know your allies, you must be aware of what you should stay away from before and after your microneedling sessions.
What should I avoid after dermarolling?
No matter your skin type, there are a few Don’ts when it comes to what to apply after dermarolling. Even if, in general, we love retinol, AHAs, BHAs, and vitamin C, they all might be irritating if used after dermarolling. And if your skin is sensitive or irritated, the more you have to avoid them. Also, dodge products with alcohol since dermarolling makes your skin really thirsty, you’d want to avoid something that would dry it out. Consider not using any aggressive acid within the week of the procedure, such as glycolic or azelaic acids.
Important: Wait at least 48 hours before you add these ingredients back to your skincare routine. Protect your skin with SPF 50 every time you go out, as dermarolling makes your skin photosensitive.
What products should I use after derma-rolling?
And now, what you came for. After you have needled, your skin will drink the serum, taking in all its properties, so you need to use soothing products lined up with your skin concern that lack harsh ingredients. Here I’m going to point out the best products to use after dermarolling for all skin types and concerns.
I have acne scars and/or excess sebum
Frankly, that would be me. From the bottom of my heart out loud: avoid anything that contains oil. The last thing you want is more sebum that can lead to breakouts and even more scars — hell, no! OK, and don’t apply anything that might be comedogenic and can block your pores. You need light formulas that pack sebum-regulating ingredients, such as niacinamide, zinc, squalane, ceramides, or hyaluronic acid.
The Ordinary Niacinamide and Zinc
My favorite product to apply after dermarolling is this one. Let aside is oil-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. But it has a clean formula with 10% niacinamide that helps skin retain moisture, control excess oil, plus reduce blemishes appearance, and it’s also made with 1% zinc which you already know is for excess sebum as bees are for the environment: nec-es-sa-ry. This serum is a must for those with acne or oily skin and works great after microneedling.
Biossance Squalane Serum
Also, squalane regulates sebum excess while having hydrating properties, just perfect after dermarolling. And you can breathe easy since it’s made with ethically sugarcane-derived. You might know that vit C is not indicated after dermarolling, but if you know your skin is not that sensitive, you can use this serum. Vitamin C, mushroom, and licorice extracts will all work on dark spots left by acne, revealing brightened skin. And it’s all vegan and clean!
My skin is dry
Dermarolling is awesome for dry skin! All these itty-bitty needles drive hydration deep into your skin, and even if it’s dehydrated or flaky, what you layer after microneedling will quench that thirsty skin for days. Hyaluronic acid, ceramides, peptides, squalane — they’re all fabulous elements to use after dermarolling for keeping your dry skin happy.
Chantecaille Bio Lifting Serum
Rich in hydrating ingredients, this one is great at plumping the skin, moisturizing it in depth. It does that due to the addition of peptides mix, algae, herbs blend, plant stem cells, and flower oils having a 86% natural formula. This serum is ready to penetrate your skin to increase hydration deep into the skin’s subsurface layers after every dermarolling session.
Peptide Complex Serum by Microderm GLO
Another great product to use for hydrating your skin after dermarolling. This because it’s enhanced with active peptides, hyaluronic acid, many plants and fruit extracts, such as honeysuckle, cucumber, aloe, known to hydrate the skin while lacks any ingredient that may dry out your skin. The lightweight texture will get absorbed into the skin just-perfect after microneedling.
I want to get rid of hyperpigmentation
Using dermarolling for hyperpigmentation makes so much sense. Thanks to the technique’s ability to make the skin regenerate itself, new skin cells develop healthier and brighter. And with the right products applied afterward, you’ll see results in no time. All you need is a serum with ingredients known to even out skin tone and inhibit hyperpigmentation yet are gentle enough, as hydroquinone, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid.
Murad Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum
This one is absolutely great! It’s infused with niacinamide, squalane, oligopeptides, and amino acids, all working to even out skin tone, revealing brightened skin and also hydrate it. Sadly though, not recommended if your skin is sensitive as it contains some vitamin C.
I’m fighting aging sign
Most women that deal with aging signs use dermaroller for the main reason that it increases collagen production. But also due to its ability to boost blood flow in the skin, making what you apply after to get easier and deeper absorbed, so the better the effect! Speed up rejuvenation by applying gentle and hydrating ingredients after dermarolling. Hyaluronic acid, ceramides, peptides, antioxidants like niacinamide, coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, they’re all suitable!
Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum
If you want to fight aging signs with an organic formula, this is it. Basically, this serum’s got what it takes to be effective for aging skin while being so clean! Apple juice, aloe vera, shea butter, CoQ10, squalane, HA, B5 all these ingredients encourage skin hydration, making it look plumped and restored. And it’s also effective at fading dark spots and discolorations.
Vichy MINÉRAL 89
Your skin will love you for applying this serum on your skin after dermarolling. It features pure hyaluronic acid that plumps the skin and helps it retain moisture, and glycerin which has the role of moisturizing even more. The Vichy’s volcanic water empowers the formula with minerals, helping strengthen your skin barrier.
Aveda Tulasara Concentrate
Another natural formula that you may fall in love with comes from Aveda, a serum made with aging skin in mind. The concentrated formula provides skin with nourishing ingredients, a mix of natural plants, and oils, among which cucumber, caffeine, squalane, peptide — right what it needs after a microneedling session.