Derma rollers: how to use and where to buy one

What on earth is a derma roller and how can it help your skin?

woman using derma roller

by Emily Gilbert |

We know that there are a lot of beauty tools out there and sometimes it can be confusing what exactly they all do and whether or not you actually need them.

One that you might have heard of is a derma roller. But what is it? And how do you use it?

What is a derma roller?

A derma roller is a small handheld roller device that is covered in rows of tiny needles. They have a number of different uses but are mainly used for improving pigmentation problems as well as improving your skin's surface.

Many people claim to find that derma rollers help with fine lines, hyperpigmentation and acne scars although realistically, you'll need to go to a professional to see results for this.

What needle length should I go for?

"Medical microneedling uses needles with a length of 0.5mm – 1.5mm on the face, neck and chest, or 1.5mm – 2.5mm on the body," says consultant dermatologist and founder of Dermasurge, Dr Hiba. "Therefore, microneedling with needles of greater than 0.5mm length should not be used at home."

How to use a derma roller

"Take your derma roller and gently roll it over your skin vertically, horizontally, and diagonally, rolling twice over your cheeks, forehead, chin, lips, and neck," explains Dr Hiba.

"To achieve a maximum result, make sure that you prepare your skin for the derma rolling session. Wash the specific area with soap and water. Then, you may cleanse and exfoliate the area using a mild over the counter chemical peel for a better result. Cleansing and exfoliating increases the faster absorption of the skin."

Do derma rollers work?

Derma rollers have several uses, but the main ones are for improving pigmentation issues and improving the surface of the skin.

"Fine lines, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation are all said to be diminished with regular derma rolling – however, there can be much faster and more effective results when professional micro-needling is done by a professional," says Dr Hiba.

Can I use a derma roller on stretch marks?

"Derma rolling or skin needling also improves the skin’s ability to absorb nourishing moisturisers and serums, to plump up the skin. Derma rolling can be used on other areas of the body such as to target stretch marks, yes," confirms Dr Hiba.

Can I use a derma roller on my hair?

You can, yes! According to Naturally Curly, "when rolled over the scalp or hairline, it creates tiny punctures that can make it easier for the medicinal qualities of topicals and oils to reach the hair follicles."

This is said to help your hair grow as it "helps nutrients, hydration, and sunlight reach the root."

Where to buy a derma roller

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