Dermarolling and Retinol

First of all, this blog is about how you cannot use a dermaroller and retinol together at the same time. So please do not use retinol with your dermaroller. Retinol is an active ingredient and and no active ingredients can be used with the the dermaroller or 3 days prior and post treatment. The only type of product that you can use while carrying out micro needling is a non active serum. Here is Havana Skin Clinic, we specialise in IMAGE Skincare so we can advise on what products contain retinol from Images ranges. We cannot however speak on behalf of other skincare ranges. Our team is trained by Renaissance who is over IMAGE Skincare. Our skin specialists would need to research products from other companies before sharing their opinion. You should always ask an expert in the specific skincare range you need advice from. With all the warnings and blurb, let’s move to our latest blog, “Dermarolling and Retinol.” 

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Dermarolling and Retinol

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So first of all, what is Retinol?

According to Dermalogica, “Retinol is an anti-aging molecule that accelerates skin-renewal and reduces wrinkles, lines, and age spots.” Taken from Dermalogica’s Official Website. 

What does Retinol Do?

  • Supports Collagen. 
  • Supports Exfoliation.
  • Powerful Antioxidant. 
  • Helps Smooth Fine Lines and Wrinkles. 
  • Evens Skin Tone. 
  • Regulates Oil. 
  • Improves Pigmentation. 

Where is Retinol Found?

In Image Skincare Retinol is mainly found in the Ageless range.

The following summarises the typical Ageless user: 

  • Fine Lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet. 
  • Loss of volume, skin laxity, scarring. 
  • Dull skin, build up of stratum corneum. 
  • Visible results. 
  • Non invasive skin rejuvenation.
  • Injectables. 

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While we’re on the topic of what not to use with the dermaroller.- We’ll also highlight what skin types you cannot carry out micro needling on.

They are as follows:

  • Eczema
  • Active Rosacea. (You can carry out at home micro needling on mild rosacea. You should seek the advice of a professional skincare specialist before doing so.)
  • Active Acne 
  • Cold sores. You also need to ensure that your skin is totally free of cold sores for 2 weeks before carrying out at home micro needling. 
  • Any abnormal skin conditions. 
  • Any active skin conditions.
  • If you are unsure of anything, check with a professional skincare specialist before carrying out treatment. 

If you’ve been following our blogs, you’ll know that absolutely no active ingredients can be used with the dermaroller. Retinol is a core example of this. Retinol is found in the Ageless range. There are several other active ingredients dispersed among several of the other products across the ranges. You need to be 100% certain that the serum you are rolling with is non active. If you are not certain, seek advice from an expert of the skincare brand. If you missed our last blog, you might find it interesting. We explored how to reduce blackheads.


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