Microdermabrasion and derma-rolling

Microdermabrasion and derma-rolling are treatments offered by beauty therapy businesses.


This is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of micro-crystals, or an exfoliating diamond tip, to remove the outermost layer of skin.

There are different types of procedures:

  • micro-crystals for single use only
  • machine handle
    • if device is immersible, clean then disinfect
    • if device is non-immersible, clean with a detergent and water dampened cloth, dry then disinfect with 70% alcohol
  • diamond or crystal tip
    • clean and disinfect after each client
    • if item has been used on broken or damaged skin then clean and sterilise
    • dispose if it cannot be sterilised.


This is also referred to as skin or micro-needling, and uses microscopic needles to penetrate the outer layer of the skin. The process involves multiple needles of various lengths using a specialised roller or stamp mechanism.

This process is usually done in different ways:

  • derma-roller head for single-use only
  • derma-roller handle
    • if reusable, clean and sterilise after each client
    • if not reusable dispose of after each client.

Beauty therapists are advised to always cleanse the client's skin first to reduce infection.

Microdermabrasion and hydradermabrasion can be used in salons together with some superficial chemical 'peels' and some lasers.


This is a true surgical procedure performed by a qualified surgeon that aggressively exfoliates away the top-mid layers of skin.

Page last updated: Thursday, 28 May 2020