How to use a derma roller and what are the benefits

Derma rolling is the process of rolling small needles on the skin that create small holes to force the wound healing process on the skin. The goal of using a derma roller is to enable faster blood circulation and collagen production. So, derma rolling is similar, in theory, to micro-needling.

How to use a derma roller

Before you start using a derma roller, you need to know the different types that are available and understand their uses. You can choose a derma roller depending on the number of needles, the broader the derma roller the more the number of needles and the broader the surface it can cover. Derma rollers also vary depending on the length of the needle, most of them are usually from 0.25mm to 1.0mm. Use those with smaller lengths for sensitive areas or those with thin skin. Also, you can choose your derma roller depending on the length and size of the handle.

After you choose your derma roller, here are steps on how to use it.

  • Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face and let it air dry.
  • Apply a numbing cream if you are using a derma roller with needles longer than 1.0mm.
  • Use 70% isopropyl alcohol to disinfect your derma roller.
  • Roll it.
  • Rinse your face then disinfect your derma roller before putting it away.


Derma rolling has a handful of benefits to the skin, most of which are visible. Here are some of the most common benefits of using a derma roller.

Scar reduction 

Derma rollers are great for reducing scars. The needling process helps in the production of collagen.

Wrinkles and fine lines

As you age, the ability of your skin to produce collagen reduces, resulting in wrinkling and the creation of fine lines. Derma rolling helps to increase blood flow and the production of collagen which in turn helps tighten the skin. When the skin tightens fine lines and wrinkles start to disappear.

Product absorption 

Derma rolling also helps in product absorption since it punctures the skin creating small pores. Such that, when you apply products on the skin derma rolling helps push the product into the skin.

Shrinking pores

Collagen plays a huge role in creating a young appearance on the skin. When more collagen is produced during derma rolling it blocks pores on the skin and smoothens the surface.

Sun damage

While derma rolling helps rejuvenate the skin from inside out, it also helps to repair damage from the sun. What’s more, using a derma roller will boost the absorption of topical treatment products which goes a long way to speeding up the healing process.

Hair loss

If you have a hair loss problem, derma rolling can also help alleviate it. The increased blood flow caused by derma rolling can help stimulate the scalp. This also helps in the production of hormones that aid the growth of hair size and follicles. In addition, it will help boost the absorption of topical products used as a treatment for hair regrowth.