Micro Needling – best skin needling rollers on the market

The aging process can be cruel to our skin. Between sun damage and progressive collagen loss, the skin loses its plumpness and resiliency. Thus, we turn to modern medicine procedures and rejuvenating techniques that promise to boost collagen production and turn back the clock. Amongst them, what caught my attention is the controversial, yet highly effective Micro Needling procedure, which you may have encountered by various names in the skin and medical community including Dry Needling, Dermarolling or Skin Needling .

Thankfully, the most innovative discovery in modern medicine is not only a procedure that has to be done at a clinic, but can also be practiced in the comfort of your own home, thanks to the new skin needling rollers available on the market.

This non-ablative procedure promises results comparable to deep peels or laser treatments, only more affordable and with a faster recovery time. It involves puncturing the skin multiple times with small needles attached to a cylindrical roller to boost collagen production and improve skin texture, acne scars or surgical scars, restore skin tightness and firmness and reduce wrinkles and pigmentation.

Because this method is trending right now, due to the association with Kim Kardashian and other celebrities who swear by it, I reckoned you might want to find out more about Micro Needling and might even be interested in investing in a skin needling roller for yourself.

Because of this, I asked practitioners and dermatologists to explain how the Micro Needling procedure works and to recommend some derma rollers that can be used at home to offer the same results.

Here are my findings and some general advice to consider before referring to the acclaimed Micro Needling method:

Skin Needling – anti-aging method that works

Depending on the type of roller used, Skin Needling as an anti-aging method simply involves the use of manually applied skin rollers that have between 200 to 540 fine surgical steel needles attached to the roller mechanism. It’s applied directly to the skin in a crisscross motion and it promotes the natural wound healing process.

While the epidermis remains intact, the dermis perceives the trauma and our bodies immediately boost type III collagen production, which is our body’s natural healing agent when we are wounded. Since the epidermis remains intact, this procedure doesn’t have the scarring risks associated with laser treatments and can be used regardless of your skin type, even by those with sensitive skin. Moreover, the Derma Needling method doesn’t activate the melanocytes responsible for hyper pigmentation so there aren’t any risks of skin tone changes appearing.

Patients show significant improvement of skin tone by 40% and new deposits of collagen and elastin after only six months from treatment. You can get these results by undergoing the procedure in a clinic, or by choosing one of the derma rollers recommended below.

A roller with wide gauge, short length needles that are 0.25 – 0.5 mm in length is generally non-invasive and cannot cause trauma to the skin, but rather it stimulates and provides gentle exfoliation while increasing superficial circulation.

This may also enhance the penetration and absorption of active ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin and make anti-aging creams and serums more efficient.

Micro Needling for scars

Because the procedure was pioneered in 1997 by Dr. Andre Camirand as an evolutionary step from scar subcision, skin needling is still a remarkable tool in to stimulate collagen and elastin production, smooth skin and promote scar and stretch mark reduction, through the skins natural wound healing process.

It offer a cost effective alternative to fractional laser resurfacing and has shown to be quite effective in reducing the aspect of scars. The newly created collagen fills the skin tissue lost by those with atrophic scars and smooths out hypertrophic or keloid scars.

Micro Needling

Micro Needling

Micro Needling for acne scars

The most promising results for scar reduction can be seen, however, in the case of atrophic scars, which are basically the acne scars you are most probably traumatized by if you are researching this.

Keep in mind, however, that the effects of skin needling differ according to needle gauge, length and the manual pressure that’s used with the roller. The longer, thinner needles around 0.5 mm or 0.75 mm in length are more suitable for acne scar reduction, yet since the lenght of the rollers have the potential for breaking the skin, drawing fluids, causing injury and subsequent risk of infection, extreme caution must be used.

Micro Needling for stretch marks

As I mentioned earlier, the length of the needles will determine different results. Stretch marks (technically called striae) are also a form of scarring, which are caused when the skin is stretched rapidly – during pregnancy, significant weight gain, adolescent growth spurts or when skin is put under tension during the healing process

The 0.5mm/0.75mm-size needles can help build beautiful & healthy skin, and prevent hair loss and the 0.2mm/0.25mm/0.3mm-size needles are perfect for cosmetics application of body lotions and cellulite treatments.

Micro Needling Active Anti-aging Lotions and Creams

The active ingredients in natural and dedicated serums and sprays also play a key part in the rejuvenation process. What’s important to keep in mind is that in most cases, Skin Needling patients who acclaimed great results from the procedure also used a topical Retinoic Acid or Retinol based product in conjunction with the skin needling.

In my research I found that any brand moisturizer with vitamin C and E works wonderful and any moisturizers and serums with collagen building ingredients work well. More on this subject is available here.

Skin Needling Derma Roller

Skin Needling Derma Roller

Micro Needling Roller at home

Thanks to growing demand, more retailers are selling dermarollers. You may want to consider seeing a professional before trying out a roller yourself, and if doing do, make sure they sterilize the needles or use a new batch before.

Expect one session to cost anywhere from $300-$500 and take about 30 minutes, more than one session may be needed to achieve the desired effects you are looking for. The cost of a Skin Needling roller for home use is between $30 – $200.

The Lotus Roller Skin Needling Roller (1.5mm)

The Lotus Roller skin needling roller, a modern adaptation of a traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture tool, is ideal for treating scarring, cellulite and stretch marks on the body.

Our 1.5mm roller is best suited to the thickness and texture of the skin found on the body and at tackling the specific texture of scars, cellulite and stretch marks. Anything less than 1.5mm will have less of an effect because the needle length is too shallow.

MRS Derma Micro Needle Roller (0.5 mm)

This titanium micro needle skin massage will stimulate collagen production and help to infuse active ingredients and potent vitamins and anti-oxidants to rejuvenate and revitalize the skin. The MRS derma roller  system consists of 192 tiny needles coated with titanium vapor, that makes them extremely stong and hypo-allergic.

It’s effective for stretch mark removal, cellulite reduction, hair loss treatments, wrinkle reduction, it is a common anti-aging procedure that stimulates collagen and elastin production and it repairs acne scarring.

Derma Q Derma Roller Micro Needling Therapy System (0.5mm)

By creating micro-channels within the dermal layers, Derma Q Derma Roller has shown to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, thereby increasing production levels to thicken skin, erase wrinkles, and smooth scars.

DNS Biogenesis London Led + Vibrating Derma Roller (0.2 – 2 mm)

This needling derma roller kit includes 540 replaceable pin rollers and several sizes available for different treatments.  The 2.0mm-size needles can remove small injury scars, wrinkles around the eyes and acne scars, while the 1.00mm/1.5mm-size needles can remove wrinkles and pigmentations on the skin.

The 0.5mm/0.75mm-size needles can help build beautiful & healthy skin, and prevent hair loss and the 0.2mm/0.25mm/0.3mm-size needles are perfect for cosmetics application of body lotions and cellulite treatments.

Lotus Roller Transdermal Roller (0.75 mm)

The skin needling action of The Lotus Roller skin needling roller, research has shown, can boost the level of collagen in the skin by up to 1,000% in just a single treatment. By using 192, 0.75 mm long, microneedles made of stainless steel, this tool is recommended for photo aged skin as well as targeting pigmentation and facial scarring.

Use the Lotus Roller skin needling roller to treat a number of common skin problems, including visibly reducing wrinkles and other signs of aging, enlarged pores, sagging skin, hyper pigmentation and dull and uneven complexions.

LED Derma Roller Micro Needle (0.25 mm)

This titanium micro needling system works by treating many skin conditions by stimulating collagen and elastin production. It uses 540 needles of 0.25 mm length to repair acne scars and to reduce cellulite, wrinkles and stretch marks.

New Spa Microneedle Skin Care System (1.5 mm)

This micro needle skin care system aids in wrinkle reduction and face rejuvenation, will increase skin permeability without harming underlying capillary system. New Spa Microneedle roller consists of the round roller massager inlaid with tiny 192 needles 1,5 mm long.

Dr Roller Skin Roller (1.5 mm)

By using Dr. Roller Micro Needle System with 1.5 mm needles long up to three times a week, you will see improvements right away. This kit will smooth out your skin and even your skin tone, it will destroy stretch marks and eliminate wrinkles and pigmentation marks. Moreover, this type of skin roller will help skin care creams and serums sink in deep into the skin and provide it will anti-aging nutrients and plenty of vitamins.

Note: The Micro Needle should not be used on the eyes, lips, irritated or infected skin, open wounds or sores, fungal skin infections, eczema, psoriasis, keratosis, rosacea, warts and raised moles. If there are any questionable situations seek skin professional prior to use.

Topical Anesthetics that numb the skin under Micro Needling

Since most of you will consider micro needling a painful procedure regardless of the length of the needles of the derma roller, I recommend you use a product that numbs skin fast and allows you to thoroughly roll the derma roller on each section of the skin where you require the treatment.

Over the years the use of nanotechnology allowed to produce the best gel formulation with vehicles of absorption for rapid onset.

Lidocaine gels are effective, topical anesthetics that offer a calming, cooling effect on the skin by the actions of shea butter, aloe, jojoba oil and alpha-bisabolol. Formulated using the highest concentration of Lidocaine allowed without a prescription, 5%, these are typically used before cosmetic or medical procedures to reduce pain.

I researched the area quite a lot so should you need any help  in choosing a topical anesthetic that works, feel free to drop a line or read more on the subject here.

How do you feel about Skin Needling? Will you be trying a micro needling roller for yourself?


As a professional make-up artist and beauty enthusiast, Luiza's expertise has become highly prized over the years. As owner of this site, she set her mind to create a publication for those who are focused not just on beauty trends and popular brands, but also on the industry's most well-kept secrets.

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