Which Derma Roller is the Best? The sheer number of dermarollers available these days can be confusing. This review takes you through the different categories of dermarollers, and helps you filter down to one that suits your objectives and budget
I created this article because of my personal experience using the derma roller for about 2 years now. It has been very effective in fading pitted scars on my face, as well as the stretch marks on my thighs. Currently I still use it on a regular basis as it smooths and maintains the texture of my skin, and helps with the absorption of creams I apply on my face.
Before we go into the actual reviews of rollers, lets take a look at one of the most important considerations when choosing a roller.
Quality Really is King!
My journey with dermarollers has not been all smooth sailing from the start. I got my first derma roller off eBay, and it was really cheap, under $15 if I remember correctly. The first sign something was amiss was when I noticed that the needles looked kind of flimsy, like the device was not well constructed.
True enough, after using it several times, some of the needles started to fall off, and some even started to get rusty!! I quickly went back to the internet to do some research, and realized I had probably bought one of the knock-off products which are massed produced in South-East Asia (mine was delivered from Hong Kong if I remembered correctly).
It was after much research, reading many reviews and after several rounds of trial and error that I finally purchased really good quality rollers online that worked for me. I really can’t stress enough how important the quality of the rollers, especially the needles, is for your safety and whether you will see any results at all.
New Spa Derma Roller is a Good Choice IF you are looking for best value and trustworthiness
The New Spa Derma Roller series is the one I have been using and getting good results on. Compared to the initial derma rollers I purchased, I found its construct to be very sturdy – even the plastic handles felt solid and gave a very good grip. Most importantly, I find the needles to be of high quality – I could wash it after every session without any problems with rusting, and I even dropped the roller from about waist height several times without the needles becoming bent!
I have used this roller on my face (mainly the cheeks, forehead and temple area) for over a year now (I bought two new rollers for hygiene reasons as the experts recommend not using a roller for more than 4 months). I used it about twice a week on the pitted scars on my cheeks and forehead, and have seen a 50% to 60% improvement on the appearance of the scars – they become less deep looking and seem more diffused. It was a little painful for me initially, so I started off with once per week, before graduating to twice per week.
I understand that every individual has their unique skin condition, so I wouldn’t say for sure it will work for everyone (but at least it has for me 🙂 If you are interested you could also read what other people have to say after using it on their particular condition.
A Tip on Choosing the Right Needle Length
Dermarollers for home use typically range from 0.5mm to 2.0mm in needle length. Generally, rollers with needle length over 2.0mm should only be used by qualified practitioners, and are not recommended for home/self use. On the other hand, the penetration and effectiveness of needles below 1.0mm may not be sufficient except for general smoothing of the skin. Therefore 1.0mm & 1.5mm are good needle lengths to start with if you have not done microneedling previously.
Dr. Roller is an Excellent Choice IF…you like premium quality and don’t mind paying a little more
Dr. Roller is one of the first brands that made the derma roller available for home use. Dr. Roller products are manufactured in South Korea, and its rollers are built with exceptionally high quality.
According to an independent test of dermarollers by Vaughter Wellness, Dr. Roller rollers trump all other brands in terms of build quality and sturdiness.
Dr. Roller derma rollers are also FDA approved according to its product specifications listed on Amazon.com.
A little derma roller history
The original derma roller was a patented Swiss technology, and the device was brought to the market by a German medical device manufacturer. This original device was initially made available only to dermatologists and doctors. Due to the good results people were getting microneedling treatments on scars and stretch marks, several companies started to manufacture these devices for the consumer market.
A Plain Vanilla Dermaroller may not be Suitable for You – when you should consider special types of rollers
Some people may have conditions or areas they want to treat that a regular dermaroller may not be able to perform a good job on. If you have ever used a regular roller to treat scars on the nose or close to the nose area, you would have realized how clumsy or even crude that piece of apparatus felt! The same goes for treating areas between the nose and mouth, and close to the eyes. Furthermore, if you are thinking of treating very fine lines, wrinkles or very small scars, you may have to look beyond regular rollers.
What microneedling actually does to the skin is it stimulates collagen growth, so new cells are pushed to the surface, and old cells are shed. This achieves the result of removing blemishes on the skin. Of course, how fast this happens depends on many factors. Here are some. 1. The length of needle used. 2. the frequency of rolling. 3. How hard the needles are pressed onto the skin
For beginners, you may not want to use needle lengths that are over 2mm, as they may cause discomfort, irritation, and sometimes even allergies. So the key is to start with shorter needles, and keep up with the process until you get accustomed to it.
‘Narrow’ Derma Rollers
3-line derma rollers would be a much more effective option for treating those hard-to-reach areas. These are basically narrow versions of the original rollers that those areas more accessible, and may even be used on other areas like a regular roller.
High Needle Density Rollers
The high needle density roller is a variation of regular rollers.
They may be better for blemishes that are too fine or too dense for regular rollers.
Before you make any purchase, be sure to read feedback from others who have used the product carefully, and take your time to pick a model that suits your needs and budget. Good luck!