How to clean your derma roller?- Keeping a Clean Dermaroller

Cleaning your dermaroller means disinfecting it to kill the bacteria which cause infections. To do this use isopropyl alcohol or colloidal silver to kill 99.99% of bacteria. Please note you can never share a roller with someone else after disinfecting. This would be 'sterilising' which is currently impossible with micro-needling devices.

"What is the best way to clean my derma roller" and "what are derma roller safe cleansers" are the most common questions we hear from our clients. Today, we'll dive deeper into this topic.

Your dermaroller is an incredibly effective beauty tool, and just like all tools, it needs a little care to give you the best possible results.

Firstly, it's essential to know that it's unsafe and unsanitary to use a roller without regularly cleaning it. Uncleaned it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and cause various side effects like skin infections or rashes. Infection from a derma roller is not something anyone should experience.

But luckily, it takes minimum effort to clean and safely use your derma roller, and we're here to share the best ways to do it.

Here's how to clean your derma roller.

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How do you clean derma rollers?

The best way to clean your derma roller is to use a spray of colloidal silver or isopropyl alcohol. Both will kill bacteria and the spray application avoids contact with the microneedles which can damage them. Avoid denture tablets as they were not designed for dermarollers and can also damage them.

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What not to use to clean your derma roller?

When cleaning your dermaroller it is important to avoid sterilising machines, chloroxylenol, denture tablets, Dettol, bleach and boiling your derma roller. Many can have unintended consequences such as dissolving the glue that holds many metal microneedles in place. This can result in needles falling out.

Many of these are discussed in more detail below.

How to clean derma roller with alcohol?

To clean your derma roller with alcohol, spray your roller from all angles after use with Anti-Bacterial Isopropyl Alcohol Spray and allow it to dry before storage. Before the next use, spray the dermaroller from all angles again and allow time for the alcohol to evaporate.

One of the best products on the market is the White Lotus Beauty Tool Cleaner with isopropyl alcohol. It is used to safely disinfect medical equipment. As it is alcohol-based, it rapidly evaporates, ensuring there are no chemicals on the derma roller the next time you use it.

It prevents any bacteria harboring on your roller in between treatments.

Can I clean derma roller with boiling water?

Although boiling water can kill bacteria it may damage many types of dermarollers. In particular the glue that holds many metal microneedles in place may be sensitive to heat. This can results in the needles actually falling out during use.

The White Lotus Hypoallergenic dermaroller actively avoids this issue as all needles are formed in one mould. This makes it impossible for a single microneedle to ever fall out.

Can I clean a derma roller with Dettol?

We are often asked how to clean a dermaroller with dettol? We do not recommend using Dettol to clean your derma roller. It contains chloroxylenol, ranked as a mid-range toxic chemical that can cause burning, itching, rash, redness, or swelling according to the The Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database.

It is also very dangerous to pets like cats or dogs, and if they come in contact with it, it can have horrible consequences.

Lastly, Dettol can have an unpredictable reaction with the glue in the roller and could dissolve it, allowing the needles to fall out in metal rollers. This will ultimately destroy the roller.

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How to clean Your derma roller before use?

Before use it is important that you can sterilise the dermaroller quickly and easily. It is best to use an isopropyl alcohol or colloidal silver spray. Both will kill 99.99% of bacteria and will evaporate quickly so your roller is ready to use rapidly.

Derma Roller Steriliser of Derma Roller Sanitizer?

Sanitizing a derma roller means reducing the number of organisms or bacteria on the roller. Sterlising on the other hand means killing all known bacteria and making it safe to share. It is currently impossible to completely sterilise a dermaroller however disinfecting with isopropyl alcohol or colloidal silver will kill 99.99% of bacteria.

This dramatically reduces the risk of skin infections.

Infection from Dermaroller?

Infections from dermarolling are very rare. Longer needles or roller that are not properly sterilised increase this risk. Infections will usually look like small raised red rash. If these symptoms are ever experienced then it is best to refer to your Doctor.

The highest risk of infection is arguable cheap dermarollers that arrive not properly sterilised or correctly sealed. This dramatically increases your chance of infection. Always purchase from a reputable supplier and remember collagen induction tools are ultimately skin penetration devices and care should always be taken in product selection and use.

How to Clean Micro Derma Rollers? - Recommended Products

Anti-Bacterial Colloidal Silver Spray

The Colloidal Silver spray kills 99.99% of bacteria and doesn't dehydrate the skin. Do your due diligence, find a trusted seller, and make sure your spray contains a minimum of 25 parts per million silver ions.

One of the best derma roller cleaners on the market is the White Lotus Natural Beauty tool cleaner with pure 99.999% Colloidal silver. It is made from distilled water, not filtered water and high-quality generators to produce the silver ions.

A bottle of the product will last well over a year when used fortnightly. It is usually the best choice for sensitive skin and similar skin types.

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Anti-Bacterial Isopropyl Alcohol Spray

Isopropyl Alcohol spray kills 99.99% of bacteria and is the most popular way to sterilise all cosmetic equipment at beauty salons. Alcohol can be drying to the skin so make sure you leave time for it to completely evaporate before you use it on your skin again. 

Allow time for the dermaroller to air dry before derma rolling. Do not try to manually dry the roller with a paper towel or similar items as you may damage the tiny needles. Following this advice is an effective lesson in how to sanitize a dermaroller.


When looking for the best way to clean your dermaroller isopropyl alcohol is considered the best alcohol solution for derma rollers. Colloidal silvers is considered a more natural but equally effective alternative.

Both sprays are quick, hygienic and practical to use. Avoid trying to soak your dermaroller in anything over night and trying to make your derma roller clean with hot water, warm water, rubbing alcohol or other cleaners not recommended by the manufacturer

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