Derm DMs: Can My Facial Roller Cause Acne?
If you’re a skin-care enthusiast, you’re likely no stranger to facial rolling. The invigorating yet relaxing experience can help de-puff skin, boost circulation and help your skin-care products penetrate better (one of our favorite rollers is the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Face & Neck Citrine Roller). Although there are so many benefits, we were curious to find out whether facial rollers could also cause any negative effects like acne. We reached out to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a NYC-based Skincare.com consulting dermatologist to get the scoop.
Can Facial Rolling Cause Acne?
According to Dr. Zeichner, there are two reasons using a facial roller can cause acne. The first is if you use your facial roller on dirty skin. He explains that this could trap dirt and oil on the skin’s surface, which could block pores and lead to pimples. The second is if the facial roller itself is dirty. It’s essential to clean your facial roller after every use.
How to Clean a Facial Roller
To clean the roller, Dr. Zeichner recommends wiping it off using a microfiber cloth. For a deeper clean, dip the roller in warm, soapy water before wiping it off and let it air dry.
How to Use a Facial Roller Without Causing Acne
Start by cleansing your face with a gentle formula. Once your skin is clean, you can use your facial roller (we like to keep it in the refrigerator for a cooling effect) on bare skin or over a sheet mask, serum or cream. If you are going to use it with a product, choose a non-comedogenic formula to help prevent your roller session from clogging your pores.
Next, roll outwards along the jawline on either side of the face several times, then roll outwards along the cheeks, under the eyes and on your forehead towards your hairline.
When you’re done rolling, clean the roller following the tips Dr Zeichner mentioned above.
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