Everything You Need To Know About Dermarolling


The idea of puncturing your skin with sharp 0.5mm long needles for three minutes, twice a week, might be enough to make some people squirm, but dermarolling, or microneedling, has received a lot of press in recent months. The technique isn’t necessarily new, but more experts are rallying behind it as a way of rejuvenating your skin quickly. So, what are the benefits?

First and foremost, what is a dermaroller?

It look like a medieval torture device, but the spiky, roller gadget can be hugely beneficial to your skin. Dermarollers have lots of small, sharp needles that you roll across your skin to create micro punctures. Needle length varies from 0.2mm to 1mm for both in-clinic and at-home dermarollers. Nannette de Gaspé’s Roller Noir has 0.5mm length needles to ensure it’s safe to use at home yet still offers collagen-boosting results.

What are the skincare benefits?

Microneedling creates thousands of tiny punctures to your skin, which not only help to slough away dry skin, but also turbocharges your collagen and elastin production. Essentially, microneedling makes your skin think it’s been injured and forces it into repair mode.

While you will notice your complexion looks fresher, don’t expect overnight success in terms of skin firmness as it can take around eight weeks for your skin to produce collagen.

How do you use it?

Experts recommend rolling upwards in a diagonal direction across your face at least twice, if not three times for the best results. Always roll on freshly cleansed skin and wash/spritz your roller with alcohol afterwards to avoid any bacteria build-up. Expect your skin to be a shade of pink for at least 15 minutes after you’ve rolled.

What’s the best skincare to use alongside your dermaroller?

If you usually apply your vitamin C or retinol serum in the evening, alternate these with your dermaroller. Reactive ingredients, especially exfoliating acids can be too harsh on skin after microneedling. Instead, opt for a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum or a soothing, nourishing formula to help replenish your skin. Remember you’ve just caused micro-injuries across your face, so be gentle.

How long will your dermaroller last for?

Similar to razor blades, over time the needles on your dermaroller will become blunt. However, this should take around six months if you’re using it a couple of times a week.

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  • Emma

    WARNING Dermarolling :

    I tried it for the first time with a very small (possibly the smallest) .25mm size. The device arrived in the mail. I exfoliated and cleansed my face beforehand then only targeted my forehead. Result: Instant needle punctures in skin resemble pitted scars/ skin indentations, mimic the appearance of extra large open pores, where the skin has been damaged. 24 hours later not much improvement. No skin improvements but certain damage. Minimal damage, because I was careful, very careful, but still noticeable damage, and actually quite large an amount considering the product was reviewed and considered safe beforehand. The injuries will improve overtime I think, so I haven’t ruined my face, however this product is so dangerous it should be immediately banned. Women will experiment and become scarred for life. I am still quite shocked this has happened, but I am glad I tried this product first before undergoing fine needling treatment at a salon, because it is such invasive a procedure and because my skin doesn’t agree with the treatment, it probably would have ruined my face. It is not suitable for all skin types and truth is, you won’t know whether it will work for you or do you irreparable damage until you try it for yourself! Maybe there is no truth to the product, but instead ppl are just so desperate for a miracle anti aging treatment they are all conned! I tried the demaroller on my wrists first and no symptoms were present. I then used it on my forehead. It was a mistake. Still, I am not disfigured so I will get over it. No one will ever notice the damage it has caused my skin unless I point it out.
    My recommendation: Stay clear of the product and pass the word around for all woman’s sake please!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Emma, thank you for sharing and I am sorry to learn of your bad experience with dermarolling. Like any procedure, microneedling can cause complications of bruising, bleeding and there are many factors which need to be taken into account such as tanning and sun exposure prior to this at-home procedure making matters worse, sensitivity of skin and so on. And of course there are the different types of grades of materials used in the product. What remains clear is that microneedling does work for many provided it is carried out correctly.

  • Jay Moffitt

    I think you might have been pressing too hard. I got a .5mm Dermaroller, and no dramas what so ever…