As someone who is constantly interacting with make up artists and professional photographers, I am extremely mindful of my own appearance, in particular my skin. As someone who has had acne in my teenage years, I have been struggling with mild acne scars on my cheeks and forehead. Even though they have become less obvious with age, I’m still constantly trying to reduce their appearance. I recently came across a beauty product called the derma roller and I’m happy to report that my experience with it was quite positive. I detail my experience and my advice regarding this product in this post in case there are any of you out there who is thinking of trying this treatment.
Trying out a new beauty product can be quite confusing and daunting. Though making the decision to forge ahead is half the battle, that leaves the question of which product brand is best, both for its ease of use and budget-friendly price. To assist in making this decision regarding derma rolling, some tips and experiences have been detailed below.
At First Glance
At first glance, all derma rollers may appear to be the same; they all have a similar appearance, and are all created for the same purpose. Individuals who purchase an inexpensive roller ($15 or less) will quickly see that quality and quantity are closely related when it comes to derma rollers, as cheaper models may quickly lose needles or begin to rust.
Though this can be extremely discouraging, anyone finding themselves in this situation should give derma rolling a second chance and conduct some more in-depth research regarding different product brands and purposes. Because different models contain differently sized needles, with unique spacing and needle amounts, customers should always research the best brand and model for their needs.
A Peek into Microneedling’s Background
Upon closer inspection, potential customers will discover that the microneedling industry has a rather short, but interesting history. Although this technology was initially used exclusively by dermatologists in Germany, companies began to mass produce rollers to be offered to the public. Due to the high demand for derma rolling, however, the market became flooded with poorly-constructed imitation products, whose needles fall out and cause more harm than good.
Because there are so many poor examples of derma rolling companies, and so few great examples, consumers should do their homework before purchasing a roller. This includes identifying company origins and product materials to verify efficiency and quality.
A Quick Aside on Needle Length
Before beginning any research on brands, it is important to become familiar with needle length and what that means. Needle length should not exceed 1.5 mm for at-home microneedling application—both for safety purposes and to achieve the best possible results. Needles exceeding 1.5 mm are known to be far more painful during use, as they puncture the skin more deeply and are more apt to cause tearing. Longer needles are also capable of puncturing nerves or causing severe damage, and are best left to professionals or seasoned microneedle users.
Though it may be tempting to choose longer needles to speed results, longer needles may actually cause additional scarring. To avoid the potential drawbacks of microneedling, try to stick to using a roller containing needles of 1 to 1.5 mm.
On to Brands…
Two different derma needling brands are known for their quality and trustworthiness: Dr. Roller and New Spa. Each of these companies is regarded with respect among beauty production companies, and have an easily identifiable background and history.
Dr. Roller’s product is considered a high-quality derma roller, typically running customers approximately $40. This particular brand regularly receives high praise from users. Manufactured in South Korea, it is relatively inexpensive (as far as beauty treatments go), though it is well-constructed and extremely durable. Potential customers seeking a quality, less expensive derma roller, however, may want to keep looking.
New Spa’s brand derma roller possesses high customer satisfaction ratings, and boasts a price point that is almost half of Dr. Roller’s budget model. Most customers saw a very real reduction in acne scarring after using this model. One customer, in particular, found New Spa’s roller to be an excellent beauty tool. After twice-per-week use for three months, this customer found a marked difference in acne scarring, including deep pitting. After 1 year of use (and 3 separate rollers, as suggested by the manufacturer), the customer discovered a 50-70% difference in overall scarring, rendering deep scarring almost invisible under a thin layer of makeup.
Conclusion and Tips
Though derma rolling can be unsettling, the process is made far easier by utilizing the information listed above, as well as the following tips:
- Always choose quality over price; a low price tag frequently means an ineffective roller.
- Do not use needles exceeding 1-1.5 mm in length, as these can cause scarring and other damage.
- Read as many user reviews as possible before choosing a roller that is right for you and your needs.
- When researching brands, pay attention to the reliability of the brand, including its manufacturing location, history, and longevity.
- You can also read more derma roller reviews (e.g. at Aquilah.com) where best derma rollers are compared. This will give you more confidence when making your purchase.
Using these tips and tricks, you should be on your way to a safe, effective derma rolling experience.