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A derma roller or stamp is a hand held cosmetic roller used to keep your skin healthy and treat acne and scarring. To avoid contaminating your skin, clean your derma roller before and after you use it. Use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to sterilise your derma roller, sanitise your derma roller with purifying tablets, or use soap for a quick clean. With some disinfectant and patience, you can easily clean your derma roller.



Sterilising Your Derma Roller

1. Rinse your derma roller under warm water for 2-3 seconds 

Turn on your faucet, and hold your roller under the water for a few seconds to get rid of any superficial debris, like dead skin or blood.

  • This helps remove skin particles that may not come off with just alcohol.

Fill up the bowl with 60-90% rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide so the roller is completely covered. If you use less than 60% isopropyl alcohol, it will not sanitise your derma roller.

  • You can use a plastic container or for example.

Place your derma roller upside down in your container. The needles of your roller should face upwards.

  • If you’d like, you can set a timer on your phone or kitchen clock.

After your derma roller soaks for an hour, remove it from your container and hold it under running water. This gets rid of any remaining skin particles and leftover alcohol or peroxide.

After you sanitise your roller, it is important to keep it free of germs. Flip the handle around so the roller is upside down, and put it on a clean paper towel. Let the roller sit for 10-20 minutes.

  • Air-drying is the best method to dry your derma roller. Towels can get caught in the needles.

Once your roller is dry, place it inside its container and attach the lid. Your derma roller will stay clean and disinfected.

  • If you store your derma roller elsewhere, you may spread bacteria to your head when you next use it.



Utilising Other Cleaning Techniques


Fill up a plastic container halfway with warm water from your tap. Add 3-5 drops of dishwashing liquid or Castile soap and mix it up with a spoon. Then place your derma roller in the container upside down. Soak your derma roller for 10-20 minutes.

  • This gets rid of any surface blood or skin cells.

Derma rollers have many small needles that poke into the pores of your scalp. Dirt, blood and dead skin can get trapped in between the needles. For a deep clean, use a new, clean toothbrush with soft bristles. Turn on warm water, and hold your roller underneath the stream. Brush your roller gently with your toothbrush for about 60 seconds.

  • This gets rid of dirt and residue that alcohol or soap may not lift off.
  • While this is optional, it provides a deep, thorough clean.
  • If you use a used toothbrush, you can spread bacteria to your roller.

Place the wet sponge on a clean, flat surface. Then, move your roller back and forth across the top of the sponge. Do this for up to 45 seconds to get rid of dirt and residue that other methods may not remove.

  • This is optional, though it is a good idea if you frequently use your roller or have an older roller.
  • Use a new, clean sponge to avoid contaminating your face.

Use warm water from your faucet to wash your roller off and get rid of any dirt, skin, blood, or debris that came loose when cleaning it. Then, place your roller upside down on top of a clean paper towel.

  • Your roller should dry in about 10-20 minutes.

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