Shopping for a derma roller may seem easy at first. However, there are a few specifications about derma rollers that you should be aware. A little knowledge about derma rollers will help you in buying the best product that suits your needs.
You should keep in mind the following simple tips that will ensure you will get the product that has the best value for your money.
1. Know your skin condition.
As implied in another article, the derma roller doesn’t work like magic – it’s not some “miracle” tool for making your skin smooth, flawless, renewed and young again in an instant. Understanding your skin condition first is one of the key decisions to buying the ideal product.
If you have superficial skin problems such as light acne scars, stretch marks, or very fine wrinkles, chances are good that the derma roller will make these marks to appear less visible. But if skin conditions extend beyond the epidermis (the skin’s outermost layer), do not expect that mere dermarolling will solve the problem. It is better to consult your dermatologist right away.
2. Do not buy a derma roller based on their price.
There is the original Dermaroller that is sold only to clinics and practitioners. Obviously, the authentic Dermarollers have a very high quality, are quite expensive and therefore are made purely for professional use.
But as demand for derma rollers increase, it has led to the proliferation of other derma rollers in the market. Some of them are almost as good as the original Dermaroller, while others are cheap and low-grade imitations. Please avoid these fake derma rollers – some of them cannot stand up to even just a few uses, cannot give the results that you’re expecting, or even make your skin worse. For one, if they’re ridiculously cheap, avoid them! Please check out the link “How to Avoid Fake Derma Rollers” so that you won’t end up buying cheap and inferior imitations.
3. Read genuine customer reviews before buying a derma roller.
Brands and manufacturers will only say positive things about their own product as part of their marketing strategy. It’s better to rely on genuine customer reviews who can tell whether this certain derma roller brand meets their expectations. It’s a more reliable way to verify a product’s quality, durability, functionality and effectiveness.
4. Buy only from reputable retailers.
To get the best value for your money, buy only from reputable sellers. It’s also better to buy a derma roller straight from the manufacturer – this ensures that you’ll get nothing but the best product.
There are other advantages of buying straight from the manufacturer. You will be able to get a better information about the product and enjoy good discounts too.
Make sure that the retailer provides warranties on their products, offers a money-back guarantee and genuine customer reviews on their websites.
5. Choose the correct needle size.
One of the key factors to buying the ideal derma roller is the needle size. We also recall tip #1 – know your skin condition – choose the right needle size that can treat whatever skin problems you have.
The following is a general guide on choosing the right needle size based on your skin condition and intended procedures:
- 0.2 mm and 0.3 mm – needle lengths that reach just the epidermis. They enable and enhance the penetration of certain cosmetic creams. They are completely pain-free so they’re highly recommended for daily use. You can use it even twice a day.
- 0.5 mm – ideal for anti-aging and light acne scar treatments. This needle length may be a bit painful, but most people can manage it without applying a topical anesthetic. Use it two to three times a week, at least in the first three months.
- 1.0 mm – the maximum needle length to use for the face, at least for women whose skin is naturally thinner than men’s. It can also be used to treat light stretch marks on the body. It can be painful (and can make your skin reddish within a few days), so applying a topical anesthetic is highly recommended. It should be used once every week (for light application) or once every two weeks (for vigorous application).
- 1.5 mm – ideal for treating body scars and deeper, more visible stretch marks. It’s usually too painful to use so applying a topical anesthetic is absolutely recommended. It should be used every three weeks, but some suggest four to six weeks. Expect your skin to become reddened and painful to the touch. It is not recommended to use on the face.
- 2.0 mm and up – Yes, there are shops that sell derma rollers whose needles measure 2.0 mm and above. While it is not necessary to use needles that are longer than 1.5 mm, you should only use them if you are confident enough to do such. Males who suffer from deep stretch marks or severe scars on thicker and fleshier parts (like thighs, buttocks or back) can use this needle length. These needles are strictly for body use.