How to use dermarollers

How to use dermarollers?

The idea of thousands of needles on your face might be intimidating at first, but the minor discomfort is easily outweighed by major benefits. Like it’s said beauty is pain, so, how much you are willing to suffer for the sake of your skin and beauty?

So, what actually is a derma roller? How to use dermarollers?

Of the various cosmetic solutions that can target all your skin concerns, and is currently getting a lot of popularity is the derma roller. A derma roller may seem like a torture device, but it actually work miracles for plumping and smoothing the skin, fading acne scars, reducing fine lines, and evening out skin tone-and it’s not painful at all when used properly. Here’s everything you should know about derma rollers.

How do derma rollers work?

A Derma-roller is a skincare device to perform Derma-rolling or micro-needling. One end has the handle and the other has a roller with thousands of small, fine needles on its surface. These pricks create small punctures on the top layer of the skin, which causes the body to boost the production of collagen and elastin, two popular proteins that act as the building blocks for the skin’s overall structure.  

How to use dermarollers?

Are you thinking of using derma rollers? How to use dermarollers? Lets find out.

How to use dermarollers
Derma roller

Disinfect: Sterilize your roller by letting it soak in 70% isopropyl alcohol for 6-7 minutes or place it in boiling water for 20 minutes.

Wash: Clean the area you wish to treat with a gentle pH-balanced cleanser.

Numb: You may wish to use numbing cream because for stretch marks, usually a longer needle length dermaroller (3.0mm) is used. Make sure to remove the cream completely before rolling.

Roll: Slightly pull the skin of the area to be treated taut with your free hand. Roll in one direction 6 to 8 times forward and backward in 3 directions: vertically, horizontally and diagonally. To allow the needle to penetrate the skin deeply, apply a bit of pressure. Slightly lift the derma roller after each roll to create new micro-channels in the skin rather than going over the same ones repeatedly.

Clean: Wash the treated area with water only and allow it to air-dry.

Nourish: Apply a small amount of skin serum to the area.

Protect: Protect the area with moisturizer and sunblock if you are going out.

Repeat: Start by dermarolling once a week. Avoid dermarolling for 4 weeks (if using a 1.5mm derma roller) or 5 weeks (if using a 2.0mm derma roller). After four to five weeks, repeat this process.

How to pick a derma roller?

Well, you know how to use dermarollers, now how to pick one might be your next question.

Cheap rollers from China or Korea mostly use poor quality needles that easily bend by a few uses. This can cause more harm than good. You can ensure a near-painless experience with a high-quality roller. Let’s see what parameters to consider while choosing a derma roller.


According to skin condition:

For sensitive and thinner skin: Use a needle of 0.25 to 0.75 mm.

For thicker skin: Use a needle of 1 to 3mm.

According to skin concern:

l0.25mm-0.5mm: Usually used for large pores, fine lines, wrinkles-usually for anti-aging.

l1mm: Used for superficial scars, like from acne, chickenpox, any surgical operation, light stretch marks, and wrinkle, etc.

l1.5mm: Used for deep scars caused by acne, deep stretch marks, etc.

l1.5+mm: Longer needle-like these are used for deep scars caused by acne or stretch marks. These procedures should only be performed by a licensed professional.


You will find both cheap and high-quality rollers in the market. Cheap rollers use poor quality needles that are made of cheap surgical steel. These needles easily get rust and bend with a few uses. This can potentially harm your skin. Titanium is used in best quality rollers.These needles are the much stronger and sharper of all needles and cause less pain and more efficacy.

Sania has a medical background and she is obsessed in dermarollers. She loves to write and study medical benefits of dermarolling.

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