What is a Derma Roller?

Treating your skin at home has never been easy with the presence of the derma roller. Derma Roller is the manual version of the microneedle that dermatologists usually use in facial skin centers. It is a handheld device that features a row of tiny needles. Also, it is much cheaper and more convenient than visiting a dermatologist. It is undeniable that these derma rollers have several numbers of uses. However, the main use of this is to improve pigmentation issues and to improve the skin’s surface. Specifically, it was said to diminish the fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. In contrast to the microneedles that are used in the dermatologist’s center, the derma roller might not be able to produce up to 400 percent of collagen that the microneedle can produce. In fact, according to a 2008 study, the 400 percent of the collagen that the microneedle could provide makes the skin firmer than with the use of derma rolling at home. However, it is also stated that the derma roller helps in allowing the skin care products to penetrate deeper into the skin, thus producing a powerful effect.

As it was mentioned, the derma roller has a shorter needle compared to the needles used in microneedle sessions. Microneedle sessions created a low level of trauma to the outer layer of your skin. Consequently, it prompts the healing process of the skin, which leads to skin regeneration. It is also recorded to produce collagen and elastin which helps in the production of anti-aging substances. On the other hand, the derma roller only creates pathways for the serums in order for the skin to absorb them more efficiently. Although rolling a hundred numbers of needles is not as relaxing as it may seem, the level of discomfort highly depends on how you tolerate the pain. However, those microneedles that are used in the microneedle sessions are the most likely to cause pain, that is why dermatologists use anesthesia to numb your face beforehand.


According to the clinical dermatologist, derma rolling is a minimally invasive procedure, as long as you use the right technique and right serum for your skin. On the downside, if you are not careful enough, it may cause permanent scars or darken the skin. With that, some precautions should be taken. People with diseases like psoriasis, eczema, or a history of blood clots are not advisable to use derma rollers. In addition, those with the said skin conditions must consult with the healthcare provider before trying or attempting to use a do-it-yourself version of a derma roller. Furthermore, people who use retinol, Accutane, or suffers from sunburns should also be careful in using derma rollers. Experts advised that retinol intake must be stopped five days before conducting a derma roll in order to avoid an adverse effect. Meanwhile, those that have sunburn may still use derma roller given that they avoid the affected areas.

The good news is, you can buy a longer needle for your derma rollers and use it at home. However, it is best to take or buy derma rollers with needles no longer than 0.5 centimeters. Any needles that are longer than the advisable ones can cause damage to the skin. It is also important to note that you must also research first before buying a product. Most importantly, only buy from trusted stores or sites and checked if the product has been properly sterilized before buying it.

Now let’s talk about the serum that you will use. In deciding the right serum, one should buy or choose the product that will benefit your face as it penetrates your skin. It is important to buy a beneficial serum because sometimes, some products may cause irritation to the skin. Instead of buying products that contain irritating retinol and vitamin C, you should opt to buy those that are rich in hyaluronic acid. This ingredient is said to be effective in sealing in moisture and assisting with your skin’s regenerative process to improve the texture of the skin.  You can also consider using moisturizing tissues as well.

After you bought your very own derma roller, you must always remember to clean it after using it. In cleaning it, you should spray it with isopropyl alcohol with a 70 percent solution. You can also soak the roller once a week in hot water or a denture cleansing tablet. Lastly, don’t let anyone use your derma roller and replace your needles once every three weeks to avoid irritation.