The derma roller is having a moment. It's not just because so many of us are stuck at home right now (thanks, COVID) but it's also because many of us simply realise that while a fancy spa facial is amazing, there are things we can do ourselves, on the reg, in the comfort of our own home to make sure our skin is healthy, happy and glowing.
Like the at-home derma roller. If you're unacquainted with this nifty little device, it's basically a cult-beauty tool that contains hundreds of teeny tiny needles which work to penetrate the skin's surface, encouraging cellular renewal and stimulating collagen production. They can help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve your skin's general texture and appearance. In short, they help you get your glow on. And we're huge fans.
Want to know more? Here are 10 derma rollers we absolutely love.
Boolavard Derma Roller, $14.99 at Amazon
The Activator 0.3MM Microneedle Rose Gold Dermal Roller, $59.95 at The Iconic
Skinstitut Skin-Inject MTS Derma Roller 0.25mm, $79.95 at Adore Beauty
Beauty ORA Facial Microneedle Roller System, $45 at Facial Co
Aesthetics Rx Derma Roller x1, $79 at Adore Beauty
Mukti Microneedle Dermal Roller .25mm, $59.95 at Nourished Life
Cosmedica Skincare Microneedling Derma Roller System, $18.53 at iHerb
Ssheli Derma Roller Kit for Face and Body, $24.99 at Amazon
Beauty ORA's Microneedle Face, Lips & Full Body Roller Kit, $135 at Facial Co
BeautyBio GloPRO Microneedling Tool, $295 at Current Body
Want us to break down why we think each of these is the bomb? Keep reading…
If you're after an inexpensive model that does the job – and then some – this is a fantastic buy. And with an average of 4.1/5 stars from over 3000 reviews, plenty of people agree. Available in several different needle lengths, it's lightweight and easy to hold and comes with a handy travel case to keep it nice and safe. One happy customer wrote, “I have suffered with hormonal acne for years and have tried so many products but nothing has ever worked. I purchased the 0.25 & 0.05 rollers and saw amazing results after just one use. My skin is so much clearer already and for the first time in years, SMOOTH!!!!!!! Will absolutely be recommending these.”
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This seriously sexy derma roller from The Iconic uses 0.3mm long needles and can also be used on the scalp to stimulate hair growth. “So nice!!” writes one reviewer, adding, “This is such a soothing/calming feel on your face and the best bit is, I haven’t broken out in any random pimples from blocked pores and it’s all-natural, so I’m really happy!”
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Adore Beauty's top-rated derma roller, this uses 0.25mm needles to rejuvenate and revitalise your skin. It uses ten independently rotating discs along with a silicone suspension system to gently glide 600 surgical-grade steel microneedles along your skin, helping to regenerate it, boost collagen and circulation. One of the many happy reviews labels it a “game-changer”, adding, “I have struggled with acne and pigmentation since I was 13… The derma roller has been a game-changer in my skin routine, I use it twice a week at the moment and it helps my products penetrate the skin after use. I wake up with smooth, fresh, and calm-looking skin.”
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Perfect for pretty much any beauty concern, this is a super popular model with skin specialists and beauty influencers, this is a great mid-range option that will sort out pretty much any skin concern. Good for scar reduction and hyperpigmentation as well as smoothing out fine lines and getting your fave serums deep down into your pores, this will do the job. “I love this roller,” writes one reviewer. “It just WORKS. I've tried others and they all feel nice, but this just seems to leave my skin looking extra glowy. Love it.”
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Another much-loved option from Adore Beauty, this derma roller is perfect for anyone with acne scarring or unbalanced skin along with those struggling with wrinkles and fine lines. A little bit more advanced than some entry-level derma rollers, this one can be used up to three times a week for maximum results. “I have been using this roller once a week and have instantly noticed my skin looking plumper and healthier,” one review said, and with an average rating of 4.7/5, she's not alone – plenty of others are big fans.
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This easy-to-use device from Mukti also comes in a 0.3mm option (which is considered intermediate, for those who are not just beginning on their derma roller journey) and is said to improve the effectiveness of moisturisers and serums by up to 40 percent! “I LOVE THIS PRODUCT,” writes just one of the 100+ people who liked it so much they took the time to review. “I try and use it at least twice a week before my serums. I’ve noticed that my fine lines are disappearing. Great way to prevent them too. Love that I can do a micro-needling treatment at home and not bear the cost of going into a clinic to get a similar thing done.”
Another budget-friendly option, this is iHerb's #1 best-selling product when it comes to cleansing tools. With 540 stainless steel microneedles, this will increase collagen production, plump up your skin tone and help your skin better absorb your skincare and serums. It has over 4000 ratings and an average of 4.4/5 stars, so if you're looking for an entry-level derma roller that absolutely won't break the bank, this is a good buy. “Wow! I see results,” writes one, “The deep crease between my eyebrows has reduced. The scar tissue on my nose has softened in appearance and now blends in with surrounding skin. The acne scarring is softening, too, and with the use of azelaic acid, also purchased from iHerb, the adult acne is gone. My skin is drinking up moisturiser and looking brighter and more youthful.”
If you're not sure what kind of derma roller you are after, this kit is a great price and a great way to figure it out. It includes four different replaceable micro needle heads with different sizes to target different areas including your eyes, face and body. There's also one silicone face cleaning brush head and a disinfecting basin to clean all your supplies. Finally, the storage case keeps everything neat and tidy. “This kit does everything I need,” says one happy reviewer. “It's amazing value for the price and I love that it's easy to store and keep everything clean.”
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At the other end of the price spectrum, this kit is probably not for the derma-curious, but if you're already a roller convert and you want to maximise your beauty routine, this is the bee's knees. It has one handle to fit all the various roller heads and each one can be used on various parts of the body. It also comes with its' own sterilisation tray and a stamp head with just 12 microneedles, perfect for the tiniest of areas like the eyelids. “I had an inexpensive derma roller and I knew how good they were,” writes one happy reviewer, “so I was keen to up my game and really cover all my bases with this kit. I use it on my stomach, my arms, and my face and I have noticed such amazing results in not a very long space of time. Highly recommend.”
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Look, this one is definitely an investment. But it's also a high-end, premium, multi-purpose device that works in several different ways to give you glowing skin. This 3-in-1 device uses microneedling, VibroTactile Stimulation, and LED Therapy to rejuvenate and boost skin's firmness. This combo is thought to see results up to 200 times faster than using each method individually – so you know, that's a pretty good incentive! This pack comes with one standard head and a sanitising spray, but you can purchase additional heads if you want to amp up your routine and target specific areas. It has an average of 4.4/5 star reviews with people agreeing it's worth the extra money. “I have been using common manual micro-needling tool for awhile, however, as I am constantly looking for upgrades, I am very much into the red light. After a few weeks I can see and feel the difference. Highly recommended tool!”
Most dermatologists and skin specialists agree that derma rollers are good for treating a range of skin complaints, and even smaller, less-invasive models to use at home can be extremely effective. If you suffer from acne or scarring or have lingering stretch marks, they can be helpful at reducing them. They can also be used to treat and reduce fine lines and wrinkles and even stimulate hair growth. If you have perfect skin (lucky you!) there are still some benefits to using a derma roller, as they can help the skin renew and replenish, as well as aid in the production of collagen to make your perfect skin look EVEN MORE plump and youthful.
You should definitely proceed with caution if you suffer from any serious skin complaints like psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea, or if you use any medication that might compromise your immune system. It's also suuuper important that you keep your derma roller clean and disinfect it after every use, as you increase your risk of infection. If you have any concerns at all, it's best to talk. to a dermatologist before starting to use one.
The main difference is simply the power of the device. A dermatologist will usually use a battery-operated or electric device while most at-home devices are manual. They also use smaller needles, where as a specialist can use longer needles that delve deeper into the skin to treat more serious or severe skin complaints. You can buy at-home derma rollers which have clinician-level needles, but it's not advised to use those without proper supervision. If you're after something more than just general skin maintenance and repair or you need to see super fast results, it's best to see a professional, but for most of us, the at-home rollers will do an amazing job.
If you're looking for a derma roller specifically for using on on your face, you should look for one that is 0.2, 0.25 or 0.3mm thick. You shouldn't go over 0.3mm, unless you have been specifically given the OK by a trusted dermatologist. Thicker needles can be used on other parts of the body, but use with caution and use sparingly, and stop if you see any skin irritation or discomfort.
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