How Does Derma Roller Work?

Skincare practices that were once reserved for the rich and famous visiting a beauty specialist or a dermatologist are now possible in the comfort of home.

Derma rolling is one such practice, once only done by dermatologists but now possible as a DIY at home(maybe with a longer time needed to see desired results but the savings make the wait worth it).
But, does it work and if so, how does derma roller work?

The personal care products market is flooded with a wide range of skin care products, addressing various problems such as acne, scars, sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, dullness.

There are so many products it`s easy to get lost around trying to find the best product, one such product is the derma roller, but how does the derma roller work? But how do some of the products work?

Have you heard of the derma roller or have you used it? this post will answer your number one question before you use this product, how does derma roller work? when to use it and most importantly, should you use a derma roller at all. Almost all products claim to have some positive effect on all skin conditions. But many fail to deliver or fall short of expectations.

The more effective of them such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion seem to take time before you can see real results( immediate results can be seen from day one, but you have to repeat the treatments to see long-term results).

Read more on microdermabrasion here if you missed it.

Laser and surgical treatments are expensive.  It is natural under the circumstances to wonder does derma roller work or is it just another product on which you are expected to spend some money and regret.

What Is Derma Roller?Using Dermaroller on the face

It is a product that offers to address many of the aging signs such as fine lines, wrinkles, cellulite, sagging skin, and stretch marks

The concept is to trigger a healing process that will increase collagen production, and consequently, make the skin firmer.

But for the healing process, there has to be some injury, to begin with. All skincare products that are effective work on that principle.

Therefore, peels have chemicals especially acids that burn the skin and trigger the healing process.

Microdermabrasion causes some abrasion on the epidermis which triggers healing(check an earlier in-depth post here). So you would wonder now, how does derma roller work?

Basically, the derma roller consists of extremely small needles. These microneedles are loaded on a cylindrical part of the device, which can be rolled on the skin. The needles prick the skin imperceptibly, and the healing process begins.

Benefits Of Derma Roller 

The product is primarily designed to reduce aging-related skin problems. Therefore, it is more effective for

  • Collagen And Cells Production

Skin tissue is formed of cells, and these cells need to be held together in a sequential manner. Collagen forms that scaffolding, because of which the skin does not sag or become loose.

When the microneedles on the cylinder of the derma roller poke the skin, the nerves convey the message of the skin’s need for repair to the brain, and the brain, in turn, initiates the process for repair of the skin.

Any skin repair process is accompanied by some removal of dead cells and the regeneration of new cells apart from an increase in the production of collagen.

Such production of collagen firms up the skin. Collagen being fibrillar protein also increases the suppleness of the skin, which helps in making the skin seem younger.

  • Wrinkle Reduction

Injuries on the skin trigger the production of proteins essential for healing, which include elastin and collagen. Elastin is, as the name indicates, responsible for skin’s resilience and in turn decreases in fine lines as well as wrinkles.

  • Reduction In Hair Loss

Derma roller can also be used on the head for stimulating the growth of new hair. The extent of hair loss and propensity to tolerate pain determines the suitable size of the derma roller.

Normally, a 0.5 mm derma roller is used once a week, but higher specifications such as .75 mm to 1.5 mm are likely to hurt a bit, so they are used less frequently.

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  • Stretch Marks And Cellulite Removal

Stretch marks are not essentially related to age and neither are cellulite. They arise because of a shortage of collagen. These can be reduced considerably in about a month and a half or slightly more using derma roller.

  • Removal of  Acne Scars 

The increase in collagen has many cascading effects. Removal of acne, and scars is one of the benefits of the derma rolling process.

  • Skin Texture Improvement

Because derma roller triggers the healing process, which in turn, increases the production of new cells, the skin’s texture also seems much smoother after a few sessions.

How Does Derma Roller Work ?, Better Than Other Skin Care Products?

Anti-aging treatment creams often have collagen obtained from other animals, and that may cause allergic reactions.

Mild peels made from extracts of plants or animals only give temporary relief from those fine lines.

Stronger peels have caustic chemicals that can cause adverse reactions. Even the salts used in microdermabrasion can cause reactions on sensitive skin.

Does Derma Roller Hurt?

Let’s say, it’s uncomfortable especially on places like the forehead, but on places like your cheeks, you`ll almost not feel it.

Having said that, it’s not a bad discomfort, it’s just something not very pleasant but I`d not describe it as painful.

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Diamond tip microdermabrasion

is one of the few treatment methods that come close to derma roller treatment. Check an earlier review of Diamond tip microdermabrasion here.

Anti-aging creams have to be used regularly. Moreover, some are for the night, and others are for the day.  There is a specific procedure as well, which many may not follow.

Peels can be costly and lead to other complications in people with sensitive skin.  Microdermabrasion requires many sessions at the beauty parlor, and the procedure can be time-consuming as well. All such anti-aging remedies are expensive as well.

In contrast, derma roller is more effective than most of these skin treatments and processes available as of date. It is also simple, so people can’t go wrong in using it. It does cause tiny almost imperceptible

pricking, especially when .25mm or .30 mm needles derma rollers are used. But such pricking causes little or no pain. There is no need for many visits to beauty salons.

The best part is, such derma rollers are available for as little as $30 and do not require to be used as frequently. The effects are visible within a day.

The pricks from needles that are .50mm or more may be felt, but those that are under .50mm do not feel more than a little bit of tickling on the skin.


Derma rollers are one of the simplest and most affordable methods available right now for rejuvenating the skin. The device can be used on the entire body including the balding head.

The process is also quite effective so it can be repeated after a couple of weeks or months after using it more frequently in the initial stages, i.e., the derma roller may be used for four days in 10 days or so.

Needles with more thickness are best avoided as they can cause problems. They are, however, needed for decreasing hair loss.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and can now understand how does derma roller work and when to use it, wrote this after a reader asked me some questions about using Derma Roller. The best place to make a purchase online will be Amazon.

Now look for another post that I will go more into details and explain more on Dermaroller for stretch marks and explain how it works and if you should get it.

If you have any questions, please do leave me a message.

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