What Size Derma roller Should I Use?

By now, you all have been quite familiar with the term ‘’microneedling’’ and a device called a ‘’dermaroller’’ because of how famous it has been in the electronic media. Some people praised the wonders of dermaroller while others posted pictures of their faces bathed in blood. I know that the idea of thousands of needles on your face might be intimidating at first, but the minor discomfort is easily outweighed by major benefits. Everyone has their own depiction of this device but we will tell you what actually it is. Dermarolling or micro needling has been here for a long time but it pretty famous nowadays because of the ascent of at-home skincare. A derma roller is a tool that consists of using a mini wheel covered with needles ( size ranging from 0.25mm to 3mm) to gently prick the face.

Honestly they kind of look like small torture devices but, believe me, it works like wonders for minimizing the effects of acne scars, reducing fine lines, and evening out skin tone.

Although there is so much information online, a lot of derma roller users were confused about how often to use the derma roller as well as for deciding the correct needle size. These two things are very important while using a derma roller
 If you use the right size needles, derma roll and  If you use the right size needles, and derma roll at the right time, you will be fine and see results in no time. Otherwise, you would be damaging your skin. In this article, we will tell you what needle size you should be using for your skin concerns.

What Happens When You Microneedle?

When the dermaroller is rolled over the skin, the tiny, fine needles gently prick the face. 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.  

The needles on the derma rollers vary in sizes starting from 0.1 to 2mm in length. Those tiny needles are not necessarily for collagen synthesis rather it can be used to get any of your products to absorb and penetrate the skin.

Choosing the Correct Derma Roller Needle Size

Everyone has different skin concerns. You need to choose a dermaroller size suited for your skin complication. There are various size of derma roller needles ranging between 0.2mm and 3.0mm. If you need it for daily use, you can use needles shorter than 1mm while the longer ones are recommended for more prominent skin problems.


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:


If you are new to microneedling, I would recommend starting with the .25mm. This derma roller size is simply, used for boosting the topical skincare product absorption (also called the transdermal absorption). If you want to address issues like wrinkles, stretch marks, and fine lines, this size of the roller is not for you. This roller doesn’t cause pain or discomfort on the skin.

How Often To Use: You can use this dermaroller every day, if you want.


If you are looking to treat acne scars, fine lines, shallow wrinkles, mild stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and large pores, the 0.5mm needle size is just for you. Along with the added benefit of boosting skincare product absorption, this dermaroller is popular among people for anyone looking to have multiple treatments on a weekly basis. It can also thicken the skin’s epidermis, so when you apply your favorite products it will absorb quickly. By using this, your skin may bleed a little.

How Often To Use:  You can use this dermaroller once in a week.


This dermaroller is used to treat for superficial scars, like from acne, chickenpox, any surgical operation, light stretch marks, and deep wrinkles, etc. In addition, it can also induce collagen growth more effective than 0.5mm. When used along with serums containing hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, vitamin C, etc, to get more absorption of these products and more benefits to your skin. These needles are definitely painful for most users. You can use a numbing cream if you have a low tolerance to pain or have sensitive skin.

How Often To Use:  You can use this dermaroller twice in a month (having a gap of 2 weeks after each microneedling session).


If you want fast results, you can use 1.5 mm derma roller. It is designed to treat deep scarring and stretch marks. But you need to be fully aware of the risk if you are planning to use the 1.5mm roller. It can damage your skin if you are using it correctly and can be painful also. Use a numbing cream to reduce the pain. Your skin will definitely feel red and dry for 5-6 days. Applying and re-applying moisturizer throughout the day should be a must.  

How Often To Use: You should wait for a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks for a full recovery before attempting a new treatment.


We do not recommend using needles longer than 1.5mm at home. It can cause more harm to your skin than treating it, if not used properly. These procedures should only be performed by a licensed professional.

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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