What is Dermarolling and is it Right for You?

by Bella Martinez September 22, 2017

What is Dermarolling and is it Right for You?

The thought of rolling tiny needles over my face seemed, at first counterintuitive. However, the research and positive feedback of dermarolling regulars piqued my curiosity. I’ll try anything once, so I decided to give dermarolling a go.

Dermarolling, also known as micro needling, is a procedure in which you roll tiny needles over your skin, causing micro penetration. Once micro penetration is made, collagen and elastin circulate to the area of procedure reducing puffiness, wrinkles, bags, scarring and even stimulating hair growth when using on the head. There are different size needles for different concerns, but it’s recommended you start out with a small sized needle as using too large of a needle can cause damage. It’s also not recommended to use a dermaroller if you have acne.

Washing your face and sanitizing your roller prior to using it is a must. I sanitized mine by putting rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and dabbing the needles. Once sanitized, use the dermaroller on your face, avoiding the eyes and eyelids. Rolling over one area of skin up to five times should do the trick.

Dermarolling with essential oils

Contrary to my previous beliefs, using a dermaroller was not as painful as I had imagined it to be. I started out by timidly rolling the needles over the back of my hand, then moving on to my face. In one minute, I was done and I followed up with a few drops of Age Defy diluted in Camellia Seed.

Being in my twenties, I haven’t hit many signs of aging yet, but I love Age Defy because the oils in it are just plain good for the skin. Camellia Seed is also one of my favorite carriers because it absorbs super quick, and leaves skin feeling more like you’ve just used lotion rather than oil. However, following up dermarolling with anything was a bad idea because my skin got itchy and bumpy. I later found that dermatologists don’t condone using skincare products after dermarolling because it opens up pores in the skin and intensifies absorption and potential allergic reaction. My solution to this was to wait an hour after dermarolling to apply my Age Defy and Camellia Seed. Now my skin was soft and smooth.

After about a week of use, my conclusion is that dermarolling is worth it. The most noticeable difference to my skin after dermarolling was that my pores seemed smaller, and that to me was huge as this is one of my biggest skin issues! If a week of dermarolling has already helped my skin, I’m excited to continue with it and to keep seeing results. I also can’t wait to get dermarollers for friends and family (my mom’s expecting one in the mail any day now).

What about you? Have you tried dermarolling or have questions about it? Let us know in the comments section below!



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Edens Garden

June 27, 2022 at 11:43 am

Hi Serena! In general, dermarolling should be performed once a month.


June 27, 2022 at 11:36 am

How often should you derma roll?