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Few treatments in the skincare world are lauded for delivering as many benefits as microneedling. As a quick reminder, microneedling is a procedure in which teeny-tiny needles are rolled across the skin, creating microscopic holes. This in turn triggers the body’s natural wound healing response to kick in, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. The result? Fewer fine lines and wrinkles, firmer skin, a more even tone and texture, you name it. (Microneedling is even used to treat stretch marks and acne scars, and also has the added benefit of increasing the penetration and efficacy of any products you use afterward.)
Rolling needles all over the skin, no matter how small, is intimidating, but you'd be happy to know that the procedure is hardly painful when conducted at home; at-home derma rollers don’t penetrate the skin as deeply as those used by the professionals in an office setting by a dermatologist or aesthetician. The recovery time with at-home derma rollers is shorter too, and there's something to be said about achieving healthier-looking skin directly from the couch.
Check out the best at-home derma rollers for complexion perfection, ahead.
This is a favorite of the Byrdie team, not surprising given that it was created by the inventor and patent-holder of microneedling technology. (File under why didn’t we think of that?) Rolling the 540 needles over your skin improves the absorption of topical products a whopping 200 times, but the benefits don’t stop there. It also delivers red LED light therapy, great for fighting inflammation and further helping with collagen production, plus a unique Vibrotactile Stimulation to up these effects even further. You can even purchase separate tips for body, eyes, and lips so that you can use this topnotch tool from head to toe.
This derma roller is U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Certified, which should provide some ease to first-timers. While it's beneficial and safe to use on all skin types, it's especially great at targeting the appearance of fine lines to support younger-looking skin. In fact, in a consumer study conducted over 12 weeks, 72% of participants saw a decrease in visible lines when used as directed, and 82% saw an increase in skin plumpness.
Note: You may notice some slight tingle when using this derma roller, but that's just par for the course.
If you have an active acne breakout, steer clear of derma rolling until it clears.
This is the number one best-selling derma roller on Amazon, no easy feat. Reviewers rave about the results, particularly how well it helps address acne scarring and sun damage. It’s also super affordable and boasts the dermatologist-recommended .25mm needle size.
Newbies curious to try microneedling should consider this aesthetician-created roller. Simple and straightforward, the tool delivers the basic microneedling benefits you want (firmer skin, less noticeable pores, you know the drill) using .2mm needles. The size and shape make it easy-to-use, rolling smoothly even on the awkward and hard-to-reach parts of the face.
It’s totally understandable that you may not want to shell out big bucks on a tool you’ve never tried before and aren’t certain if you’ll like. That’s where this very wallet-friendly option comes in. It boasts 540, .25mm needles, and can be used on both the face and body.
For the best results (and this goes for any derma-roller), roll it horizontally, vertically, then diagonally across each section of your face, doing eight to 10 passes each time. Repeat two to three times per week, making sure to clean the head with rubbing alcohol after each use.
We love all the products this makeup artist/beauty entrepreneur comes out with and her latest, this derma roller, is no exception. A newly-discovered favorite for Byrdie Commerce Editorial Director Jessica Mahgerefteh, the tool uses hypoallergenic, stainless steel needles and has the benefit of coming with an extra head, a feature that many other rollers don’t offer. (You’ll want to replace it after about 20 uses.)
Microneedle first, then flip the tool over—the other side has a rose quartz bulb that’s perfect for reducing inflammation and releasing tension in spots like under your eyes or at your temples. And can we talk about how freaking pretty it is for a second?
Microneedling isn’t just for your face. It can be a great option for combating scars, stretch marks, and even reducing the appearance of cellulite, not to mention generally improving the overall tone and texture of the skin below your chin. What makes this particular option choice for this purpose is the double-sized head, which allows you to target larger areas on the body in less time.
Being diligent about cleaning and maintenance is paramount when it comes to derma rolling. That means cleaning the roller head after each use, but also replacing it. That can be a little annoying and start to get pricey, given that for many rollers you have to purchase extra or replacement heads separately.
That’s why we love that you get four total heads in this kit, giving you some serious bang for your buck. Each one contains 600, durable titanium needles, and there’s also a convenient storage case included.
Looking to plump up your pout? Yep, microneedling can help you do just that. The caveat: You’ll want to use a derma roller and/or special head that’s specifically made for lips, like this one. The super-narrow size and ultra-fine needles are choice for targeting this sensitive area.
Just like you would with your face, make sure your lips and clean and exfoliated first, and use a serum (or, for even more plumping benefits, a lip plumper) afterward. It can be a little painful initially, but results can last up to two weeks.
This derma roller will set you back the same amount as lunch, but you'll likely enjoy it far more (and far longer) than you would a chopped salad. It boasts .25mm stainless steel needles that glide over the skin gently to boost collagen production and smooth the skin's surface. It can also help improve hair growth and reduce hair loss by stimulating scalp circulation.
If the idea of rolling needles across your face freaks you out, we get it. (It’s a weird concept and one that takes some time to get used to.) Consider trying this guy instead, which features non-invasive peaks rather than needles. They don’t actually pierce your skin—so no, you won’t get quite the same effects as you would with other derma rollers—but it still can help boost your glow and deliver somewhat of an exfoliating effect. Plus, it’s also a much safer option for those with super sensitive skin.
As far as team Byrdie favorites, we can’t go past StackedSkincare’s Micro Roller. It’s one of the originals and the best, thanks to its well-rounded size, stainless steel needles and comfortable handle. Otherwise, the Jenny Patinkin Rose on Rose Derma Roller is pure luxury. With a stainless steel roller on one end and a rose quartz massage tool on the other, this is like a one-and-done for a healthy, glowing, sculpted complexion.
What to look for when buying a derma roller
The materials used and the size of the needles are probably the most important features to consider when purchasing a derma roller. As for the needles themselves, stainless or surgical grade steel is best.
The needles size depends on skin concerns and the user specifically, but 0.2mm to 1mm are best for beginners and at-home use. When in doubt, go smaller. Also, speak to your dermatologist or a trusted esthetician if you’re confused.
How do you use a derma roller?
According to Kerry Benjamin, esthetician and founder of StackedSkincare, derma rolling is designed to trigger the skin’s own rejuvenation response and prevent signs of ageing. She suggests splitting your face into four quadrants, and taking the device over each quadrant horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Take it over the neck and lips to finish. Don’t feel like you have to apply serious pressure either—just as much as feels comfortable.
Be sure to clean your device after each use, and swap out your roller monthly to ensure the needles don’t dull. Always roll on a clean, dry face, and follow up with a hydrating or nourishing skincare product.
How do you clean a dermaroller?
After each use, clean your roller with rubbing alcohol and keep it in its case. This is important to avoid infection.
How often should you use a derma roller?
For beginners, once a fortnight is plenty. Once you’re used to it, once or twice a week is completely fine.
StackedSkincare Micro-Roller (with editor’s comments)
Newbies curious to try microneedling should consider this aesthetician-created roller. Simple and straightforward, the tool delivers the basic microneedling benefits you want (firmer skin, less noticeable pores, you know the drill) using 0.2mm needles. The size and shape make it easy-to-use, rolling smoothly even on the awkward and hard-to-reach parts of the face. For Byrdie’s Editorial Director Faith Xue, it’s the perfect way to amp up glow and refine skin texture.
According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find any derma rollers from a Black-owned and/or Black-founded business. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at email@example.com and we will evaluate the product ASAP.