How to Use a Derma Roller for Acne Scars

How to Use a Derma RollerEvery person, woman or man, has something they’d like to change about themselves. Most women crave healthy, glowing skin, free from acne scars and wrinkles. While you may have had great skin when you were young, time has a way of robbing that glow. A derma roller can help restore your youthful appearance. This article will give you some tips on how to use a derma roller for acne.

How It Works

A roller is a unique tool used by dermatologists, estheticians, and cosmetic surgeons to reduce acne scars, encourage the natural development of collagen, and minimize small lines and wrinkles. When the skin is damaged, it produces collagen to help repair the area. When you gently cause controlled damage to the top layer of skin, you trick the skin into releasing more collagen. The collagen will help your skin become healthier and stronger as it repairs damage and reduces the appearance of fine lines.

A roller has been shown to reduce blemishes, scarring, and the appearance of stretch marks. It can be used on other areas of the body besides the face. Check the manufacturer’s instructions or consult with a dermatologist before you begin treatment of stretch marks or scars on other areas of your body besides the face.


What you want to look for in needles is a .5 length. Anything longer and you’ll need a numbing cream to use before you start rolling. When you have your roller applied at a salon, they will use longer needles and numb you before they start. Because they are trained in how to use the longer needles without causing damage, you can feel secure in their treatments.

You’ll also want to look for a roller that has sharp needles. Dull needles will have to force their way through the skin while sharper needles provide the pricking sensation that gives you the desired results.

How to Use a Derma Roller - Before and After

Derma Roller Use – Before and After

How to Use a Derma Roller

It’s important that you wash and blot dry your face before you start using a roller. You also want to disinfect your roller each time you use it. Do this right before you start rolling.

Pick a small section of your face and roll up and down about 10 times. Then, pick up the roller and change directions so that you roll side to side about 10 times. Pick up the roller once again and roll diagonally across that same area about 10 times again. Once you have covered each direction, pick up the roller and move it to a new section. Because the needles will grab your skin if pulled across them, it’s important that you pick up the roller to change directions. Never drag the roller sideways or yank it up or down to change directions.

You may also want to avoid the eye area as the skin around the eyes is thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your face.

Once you have finished rolling, your skin may appear pink or red. You have irritated your skin in a positive way and the change in color is a representation of that process. About an hour after using a derma roller, apply a quality moisturizer.

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