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.
Ahead, find everything to know when shopping for an at-home derma roller, plus our picks for the best on the market.
What To Look For in a Derma Roller
When it comes to choosing a derma roller, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sandy Skotnicki suggests reaching for a tool made from either stainless steel or titanium. “Titanium is the best, as it is stronger and therefore will be more effective over time,” she says. Surgical steel is another great option.
It’s crucial to look into the needle length of a derma roller not only to ensure it’s effective enough for your specific skin concerns, but also to make sure your skin can tolerate it. Generally, at-home models with a needle length between .2mm and 1mm are best for beginners; however, Dr. Skotnicki says .5mm is best. “I think for at-home derma rolling, this length makes the procedure safer,” she says. Of course, it’s always best to speak with your own dermatologist, who can help determine the best length based on your individual needs.
This depends on your preference, but for those who strive to make their beauty routine as eco-conscious as possible, opt for a product with a replaceable head. This way, you won’t need to discard or recycle the entire handle and roller once the needles become dull. Not to mention, it’ll help you save a few bucks along the way.