Does derma rolling work? I wanted to tell you a little about my experience with a derma roller. A derma roller is essentially a bunch of little needles that you roll on to the skin which creates lots of tiny little holes that your body then naturally starts to repair. Basically, its purpose is to encourage your skin to build collagen and be a little plumper. It also helps to absorb skincare products deeper into the skin. It sounds scary but no do not worry, for I have done the testing for you.
Regularly I use two different sized Derma Roller’s the TinkSky Derma Roller 0.5mm and the Koi Beauty Derma Roller 1mm. The TinkSky is not my first choice, it was the best quality to least money ratio I could find and seems to be doing the job. The second Derma Roller I have used is the Koi beauty 1mm, this one is fabulous for the money it is and has great quality titanium needles.
I have basically been on the hunt for perfect skin since I learnt the word “beauty”. I have tried literally everything from chemical skin peels, microdermabrasion to skin-clearing diets. All to no avail. For every product I have ever tried I took to the internet for reviews. After a host of positive reviews, I decided that I would give derma rolling a try. Drawn in by the promises of younger, perfect skin I ordered a derma roller.
Now before I get too far into this I should tell you about my skin. I have some acne scarring. I also received a smidge of sun damage from living in Florida for a year so I was eager to combat these problems. One of the promises of derma rolling is the breakdown of scar tissue which allows collagen to grow in its place. Naturally, I was drawn in by the premise of beautiful blemish-free skin to grow through, and overtake the haggard, aged skin that currently resides on my face. I started with a 0.5mm derma roller because that’s the lowest roller that you need in order to build collagen. I wanted to take baby steps if I was going to be rolling needles on my skin! If you are looking for a roller that will only help absorb product then a 0.25mm will be just fine.
Put the derma roller in rubbing alcohol and let that sit for 30 minutes just to make sure that it is clean and disinfected. I also double cleansed my face, once with coconut oil to disintegrate any makeup or dirt and I take that off with cotton pads and warm water. The second cleanse is with the Cetaphil Gentle Facial Wash to ensure that I am working on a clean surface. I also gave my face a once over with the rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad. I know what you are thinking, alcohol on the skin is basically a sin but you have to work with a face that is as clean as possible.
Roll the derma roller 5 times in one direction and 5 times in the opposite direction to make sure I am covering my whole face. It will start to go red and feel a little tender, this is normal and with the 0.5mm it should not draw any blood it has never done with me anyway. I pay particular attention to my problem areas so that’s my forehead and my cheeks.
When I use the 1mm it is a lot more painful and I found myself wincing quite a lot. Some people use numbing cream for anything larger than a 0.75mm but I am impatient and could not find any. I found that there is slight bleeding but honestly just the speck here and there and it is not terrible.
I wait for about five minutes and then I use a serum. A serum is great at this stage because the skin has lots of tiny little holes in which absorb the product amazingly and make the ingredients a lot more effective. The product will reach the dermis which is deeper than it would normally. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been using a lot of products by the Ordinary lately and one serum I love to use following derma rolling is the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. I use three drops and gently pat it into my skin. Another fabulous (albeit expensive) serum is the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I have never found a serum that makes me look quite as refreshed by morning.
Does derma rolling work? My skin is a lot plumper and certainly look a lot healthier. I have also seen a noticeable difference in my scarring and I honestly think it is one of the only procedures that has worked for me. My skin gets pretty red and this usually lasts until the next morning. There is slight redness and sensitivity the next day, which is normal but only lasts about a day. Derma rolling has made products and make up sit on my skin a lot better. It has helped break down my acne scars whilst the skin serum gives my skin a little punch of life.
In terms of frequency, I would normally use it once a fortnight or once a week if my skin is feeling particularly resilient. I usually do this for about 2 months and then give my skin a little rest. It has been great for my acne scarring and also just springing a little bit of life into my skin. New York weather is not the most skin-friendly of climates and I often find my skin looking grey and lifeless.
Dermarolling helps with these 7 common skin problems
- Acne Scarring and Acne
- Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Hair Loss
- Age Spots
Derma Rolling Start Pack (contains affiliate links)
- Koi Beauty Derma Roller 1mm
- TinkSky Derma Roller 0.5mm
- Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
- 100% Plant-Derived Squalane oil
- Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
- Cetaphil Gentle Facial Wash
- Your skin will be quite sensitive and be prone to UVA and UVB rays for a while so be sure to use a sunscreen with a high SPF. A great one is the Neutrogena Clear Skin Sunscreen Lotion or my personal favourite the La Roche Posay Anthelios Invisible Balm
- When derma rolling, try to do it when you do not have much to do the next day. You should not put any makeup on for 24 hours, although, a tinted moisturiser should be fine if you wish to cover any redness
- Try not to sleep with your face on the pillow on the night of derma rolling, you don’t want to clog your skin with any impurities from your pillow whilst it is healing
If you are thinking of trying out derma rolling I really hope you found this helpful. If you have tried it then I would love to know what your holy grail products are. Check out my 2018 skincare favourites here.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and I can only tell you my personal experience with derma rolling so don’t hate if it does not work out for you.
Does derma rolling work? You betcha.