Dermapen vs Dermaroller

Microneedling is an effective and non-invasive way to achieve supple and younger-looking skin. So if you’re not familiar with microneedling yet, it’s about time that you should know about it and its benefits to your skin.

Microneedling is not quite a novel skin treatment approach, as dermatologists have used microneedling for many years to treat facial scars, wrinkles, and fine lines. However, it has become more popular especially due to the derma roller, a microneedling device that is available for home use and can be purchased by anyone.

Apart from the derma roller, the Dermapen is another popular device in the microneedling skin treatment technique. While both the Dermapen and the derma roller have the same purpose of rejuvenating the skin, they are otherwise different from one another.


skin needlingMicroneedling is known by various other terms such as “skin needling” or “collagen induction therapy.” It is a skin treatment procedure which involves the use of tiny, shallow needles, called “microneedles.” Now, before you shudder at the mention of the word “needles,” you should know that these microneedles are there for the purpose of rejuvenating your skin.

The microneedles make tiny punctures in the epidermis, which is the skin’s topmost layer. Basically, the tiny punctures that these microneedles make are only skin-deep, so expect reddened skin and some lesions depending the size of the needles used. If you have a low threshold to pain, you can use numbing creams before undergoing the microneedling procedure.

Microneedling tricks the skin into regenerating because the body thinks that it has been wounded or injured. As the microneedles prick the skin, this stimulates the formation of new natural collagen and elastin which helps in healing, repairing and rejuvenating the skin.

The tiny punctures also allow the skin to absorb active ingredients faster and more effectively. The microneedling procedure helps in minimizing wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, discoloration as well as acne scars.

The Dermapen and the derma roller are both popular in microneedling. As implied before, both have the same purpose, but their features, attributes, and other details are otherwise noticeably distinct.


Appearance – From the looks of it, there’s already a significant difference between the Dermapen and the derma roller.

The Dermapen resembles a pen, hence the name. It is held in a manner as you would with an ordinary pen, and in this way the needles puncture the skin vertically. The penetration of the microneedles into the skin’s epidermis is more precise, controlled and convenient. The lesions on the skin will be smaller, as a result.

The derma roller, on the other hand, has a rolling cylinder equipped with a needle system. Because the derma roller’s construction, the needles have a more difficult task of penetrating into the skin, particularly as it bends.

The depth of the puncture and needles – The most important difference appears to be the depth at which the puncture occurs.

Here the differences are significant. In the Dermapen, the needles can penetrate to a depth of 2.5 mm. The derma roller, on the other hand, has a maximum of 2.00 mm (and we are talking here about medical procedures). It is clear that the derma roller concerns only the “skin” part of the skin.

Skin Needling RollerThe use of the Dermapen as a skin treatment procedure is available in several dermatology clinics and beauty centers. A doctor typically does the selection of the appropriate depth (from 0.5 to 2.5 mm).

The derma roller, on the other hand, can be used alone at home. A needle length of 0.25 mm is typically chosen for domestic use. But for those people who want more remarkable and spectacular results, it is worth going to a specialist’s office where treatments with needles measuring 0.5 mm and 1.0 mm are offered. For medical procedures, the length of needles goes between 1.5 mm and 2.0 mm.

When using the derma roller, it is highly necessary that you should disinfect the roller before and after using it. Replace the roller or head every 3 to 6 months, or when you notice that the needles are bent or blunt – in this case, they have become ineffective in penetrating the skin.

In the case of the Dermapen, the needle tips should come sterile before use. Since the needles are meant for one-time use only, they are disposable and should be replaced after treatment.