An all-in-one miracle cream or serum that reduces wrinkles, prevents blemishes, boosts collagen, and removes under-eye bags might not exist, but there just might be a tool out that that can: Ladies, meet the derma roller.
Dermarolling has all but taken over the beauty industry, and for good reason: A study published in an August 2018 issue of the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology concluded that the best dermarollers have the power to “produce noticeable improvements in lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, and skin texture.” But what exactly are these little needle-like tools?
What is dermarolling?
Dermarolling, also known as microneedling, involves rolling a tool that’s studded with hundreds of tiny needles ranging anywhere from 0.1 millimeters to 1.5 millimeter in diameter across your face. In the process, these devices make hundreds of tiny micro-injuries on the surface of your skin, which in turn stimulates collagen production and allows your serums and skincare products, such as anti-aging oils, to penetrate deeper into your epidermis.
That’s good news, since collagen production naturally begins to slow with age — one of the main reasons wrinkles begin to appear. Using a dermaroller on mature skin will reboot your collagen production and help you maintain a youthful appearance.
If the thought of creating small wounds in your skin sounds painful, it’s worth noting that only a light amount of pressure is required, with most saying they feel no pain during the experience (If you find it does hurt, ease up on how hard you’re pressing). It is typical, however, to feel some tingling or possibly a slight stinging sensation if you use your roller directly after sanitizing the head with rubbing alcohol. Afterwards, your face might be red, but many users say they notice that their skin is more radiant when they wake up the next morning.
How to Dermaroll
If you’re on board and ready to get glowing skin, follow these steps for the best results. Start by running your device’s needles under hot water, then use rubbing alcohol to finish sanitizing your tools. Do this each time you use your roller, and once more after use.
Next, wash your face and apply a layer of serum, such as hyaluronic acid, to your skin. With light pressure, begin to roll the dermaroller horizontally across your skin, then switch to vertical strokes, as shown in the image above. Do this for about two minutes. Don’t roll over blemishes, and be very gentle near your undereye area.
It’s important to pick a high-quality microneedler for best results, and we have a great selection below, along with the best dermarolling serums for maximizing your benefits. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best derma rollers.
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Where to buy: $19.96 (originally $24), Amazon
This dermaroller has a needle size of .25mm for firm-yet-gentle pressure that will minimize any discomfort. Though consistent use is recommended for one to two months, reviewers say they've seen results as early as one week in.
"DON'T BE SCARED PEOPLE! It doesn't even hurt, it feels more like a massage," one happy shopper assured. "I'm loving the results only after using it a few times. My skin is noticeably smoother and my products are absorbing better."
YaFex 6-in-1 Dermaroller Kit
Where to buy: $18.99, Amazon
Details matter, especially when it comes to skincare. This 6-in-1 kit comes with four titanium roller heads in varying sizes, a face-cleaning head brush, and a storage bin with a built-in disinfecting tank. The 0.3 millimeter roller head is perfect for large areas on the scalp and body. There are two versions of the 0.25 millimeter head; the regular sized one is ideal for the face (think you cheeks and forehead), while the shorter one is best for tight areas, like those around your eyes, T-zone, crow's feet, and smile lines. There's also a mini 0.3 millimeter head for narrow areas.
STORFIN Derma Roller System
Where to buy: $8.45, Amazon
Get your blood circulating and kickstart collagen production with this sleek, black microneedler from STORFIN. It's equipped with 540 microneedles made from durable titanium, which is an ideal option for people with sensitive skin. Use it with a vitamin C serum, like Olehenrikson's Truth Serum ($24, Sephora) for skin that looks brighter and more supple.
ZustBeauty Dermaroller Kit
Where to buy: $19.97, Amazon
This three-step skincare bundle comes with all the essentials for a successful microneedling session, including a titanium dermaroller with .3mm microneedles, a blemish-soothing cream with beeswax, vitamin E, and flower extract, and a hyaluronic acid serum with vitamin C, all packaged together in the perfect zip-up travel bag. It's a convenient way for you to keep your skin glowing at home or on the road, and also makes for the perfect starter kit to gift your favorite woman, since it's got all the essentials for dermaroller newbies.
Solid Gold Tek Rose Gold Dermaroller
Where to buy: $17.99, Amazon
Target those wrinkles and pores with a dermaroller fit for a queen. This rose gold find with 540 medical-grade titanium needles will make your weekly routine feel that much more luxurious. The end of its handle is carved out like a spoon, and it can be used as a small massager on your shoulders, hands, and face. For best results, use it with a miracle-working peptide serum ($45, Amazon).
Lolysenta Derma Roller
Where to buy: $9.97, Amazon
There are enough environmental factors that can irritate your skin without having your go-to skin-care tool be one of them. This dermaroller uses a non-irritating titanium microneedle in .25mm and has a flat, ergonomic handle that feels incredibly comfortable in your palm when rolling. It also comes with a convenient carrying case.
DermaShine Dermaroller 6-Piece Set
Where to buy: $16.98, Amazon
Prick and roll those wrinkles and eye bags away with DermaShine's dermaroller set. It comes with four removable heads, an acrylic carrying case, and three sanitizing cups. Each head contains 600 high-quality titanium tips measuring .25mm, meaning it can cover a larger area of your skin effectively — and safely.
Angel Kiss 4-in-1 Dermaroller Kit
Where to buy: $19.99, Amazon
If you're a self-proclaimed skin-care connoisseur, then this kit is a must-have in your product arsenal. It comes with three dermarolling heads — a 1,200 needle (.3mm) that's perfect for the body and scalp, a 720 needle (.25mm) for areas of the face, like the cheeks and forehead, and a 300 needle (.25mm) for your regular dermarolling session. A storage case with a disinfecting tank is also included, making it easier to move and sterilize your tools.
Jasclair Dermaroller Kit
Where to buy: $19.87, Amazon
This kit is packed with a silver dermaroller featuring 540 titanium alloy-tipped pins, a proprietary vitamin C serum with hyaluronic acid, and a bonus e-book that goes over all the basics of dermarolling. It has .25mm needles and a 30-day money back guarantee, though based on customer reviews, you probably won't need to use it.
Wrote one buyer, who called it her "favorite product on Amazon," "I had sun spots or age spots. ... They are nearly gone now. The wrinkles I had on my forehead are faint as well. This is very easy to use. I clean my roller with alcohol after every use. And I go over my face with a tiny bit of argan oil to make sure it doesn't dry out. I have to say this is a very good product and I would recommend it to anyone that asks."
Love & Pebble Microneedle Kit
Where to buy: $22.90 (originally $29.99), Amazon
Another fabulous option for an all-inclusive kit is this four-piece set from Love & Pebble. You'll get a roller plus four titanium roller heads (each equipped with 600 sterilized titanium needles), a storage case, three sanitary cups, and an e-book with your purchase. Better yet, the roller's handle is ergonomic and features a no-slip grip.
Province Apothecary Studded Jade Roller
Where to buy: $44, Amazon
Interested in trying a dermaroller but can't get behind the needles? Then try this unique jade roller from Province Apothecary. Unlike most models, which feature a completely smooth stone, this one has one smooth side and one studded end you're sure to love. Much like a dermaroller, it massages and stimulates collagen production from beneath the skin without piercing it. (Read our in-depth review here.)
The Best Products To Use With Dermarollers
Now that you've found your perfect dermaroller, it's time to shop for the treatments you'll use them with! Check out five fabulous options below.
OLE HENRIKSEN Vitamin C Truth Serum
Where to buy: $50, Sephora
There aren't many vitamins, ingredients, or chemicals that can brighten and firm as well as vitamin C can. There are a few studies that have shown that vitamin C may even reverse and heal sun damage in addition to preventing dry skin. Using this serum from OLE HENRIKSEN in conjunction with a dermaroller ensures that the molecules will penetrate deeply into your skin for full benefits. A consumer study by the brand also found that 97 percent of women who used it saw smoother skin, with 85 percent reporting improved radiance.
Biossance Squalane Oil
Where to buy: $72, Sephora
Two of the best things about squalane (apart from its anti-aging properties, of course) are its ability to mimic natural oils in our skin and the fact its composition works well for all skin types, whether you're oily and acne-prone or dry with fine lines. Apart from the squalane our skin naturally produces, this moisturizing molecule is mostly sourced from shark liver oil or olive oil. Biossance has found a cruelty-free way to produce it from sugarcane, creating a formula that's even more potent than the oil derived from olives and also includes rose oil and vitamin C — two skincare product goldmines. Rub it on your face and roll away for the smoothest skin you've ever touched!
Julep Restorative Facial Milk
Where to buy: $28, Target
Julep's Restorative Facial Milk should be a derma rolling staple. Its coconut oil helps to reduce inflammation, which is good news for those with skin that's recovering from microneedling. The argan oil found within, meanwhile, repairs your skin and provides it with essential fatty acids as olive oil keeps it soft and supple. Use it with your dermaroller to get its nourishing ingredients seeping into your pores in no time.
Mario Badescu Herbal Hydrating Serum
Where to buy: $30, Amazon
Ceramides, ginseng, and gingko, oh my! This powerful, triple-threat serum is packed with these revitalizing, rejuvenating ingredients to give your skin a radiant boost, plus plenty of antioxidants. It's also highly effective for blemish-prone skin, and won't irritate or dry it out.
Vichy Mineral 89 Serum
Where to buy: $23.60, Amazon
Packed with hyaluronic acid, aka the skincare ingredient for hydration, this gel-based serum not only soaks your skin with moisture, it plumps it, too, making it look full and young. Hyaluronic acid also acts as a barrier against pollution and other harmful external factors that can hurt your complexion. Eight out of 10 women saw immediate improvement in the health and smoothness of their skin in a clinical study by the brand.