If this is your first time purchasing a derma roller (also known as a microneedle roller or skin roller), I can understand exactly how difficult it is to decide on a particular brand and type of dermaroller. In fact, I was in the exact same shoes more than a year ago, as I was scouring the web for good dermaroller brands. I can’t claim to be an absolute expert, but I do have experience and tips that I’d like to share that can help you select the correct micro-needle roller.
My Initial Experience…
The first skin rollers I owned were bought off eBay for less than $15. I seriously didn’t see any difference between different brands, and I was happy that I got my rollers that looked the same as rollers three or four times more expensive. Well, the bad news was that after about two weeks of use, some of the needles actually started coming off and I could see some rust starting to form!
It was very disappointing to be honest, but I wasn’t about to give up on dermarolling just yet, as I knew that others have been getting good results on their skin blemishes using dermarollers. It was time to do more research and homework.
The Dirty Little Secret of Microneedle Manufacturers…
So this was what I found out after doing my research: the first dermarollers were produced in Germany and used almost exclusively by dermatologists. Gradually, mass market versions were introduced to consumers. The first consumer rollers were expensive, costing over $100, but were of very good quality. Gradually, knock-offs and me-too products (some of questionable quality like the ones I first bought) produced outside of Europe and America started to flood the market.
This was when I realized I couldn’t really take manufacturers’ claims at face value as I couldn’t be sure where the rollers were actually produced.
Then I found the roller I’m still using till today
The next time round, I got smart and decided to only purchase rollers that had numerous positive testimonials from consumers. The first brand that struck me was Dr. Roller. This particular brand is manufactured in South Korea, and many users on Amazon left very positive feedback on its quality. I purchased it and was very impressed with its quality and durability. However it is also rather pricey with prices generally $40 and upwards.
Then I encountered another brand, New Spa, which had more than 50 very positive feedback from Amazon customers. Looking at the feedback and the price point that was almost half of Dr. Roller, I decided to give this brand of roller a shot.
I used the 1.5mm New Spa Dermaroller on my face for about twice a week, and after about 3 months, I saw a good improvement to the pitted acne scars on my temple and cheek area. After about 1 year and 3 rollers (it is recommended to change a roller after 3 to 6 months of use), I am happy to say that I have seen an approximate 50-70% improvement to my scars. They are now much faded and hardly visible under a layer of foundation and make up.
A note on needle length
Needle length is extremely important – both in terms of safety, and also for you to get the best possible results. If you are starting out on derma rolling, and doing it yourself at home, it will be advisable to avoid using rollers with microneedle lengths greater than 1.5mm. There are several reasons for that: first, longer needles hurt more, especially when used on the face area and when your skin is still not used to derma rolling; second, you may accidentally injure your skin or even nerves if you are not careful with the longer needles. So, for beginners, get a roller with needle length of either 1.0mm or 1.5mm.
Finally, here are some quick shopping tips you should keep in mind when shopping for a dermaroller.
- Do not make low price your number 1 criteria when choosing a roller
- Select the right needle length
- Read user reviews carefully
- Select a good dermaroller brand
Where to find New Spa Micro-needle Rollers
The New Spa Roller is available on Amazon.com, and is rated over 4 stars out of 5 based on more than 60 reviews. Be sure to take note and select an appropriate microneedle length.