5 Tips for Choosing a Good Microneedle Roller
Selecting a microneedle roller that works for you can be a daunting task, especially with so many choices out there. How do you know if microneedling will work for you? How do you know if microneedling will help with your particular skin condition? What are the good microneedle rollers out in the market?
Below are 5 tips to help you find the perfect microneedle roller:
- Understanding your own skin condition
- Make your purchase only from the reputable retailers
- Read microneedle roller reviews
- Make sure you purchase a roller with the right needle length
Understand Your Skin Condition and what is a dermaroller used for
The first step actually begins with understanding yourself. Contrary to myths and irresponsible sales pitches made regarding the microneedle roller (more commonly known as the dermaroller), it is not a miracle skin treatment device. There are skin issues that the roller can help with, and there are conditions that it will not help at all.
If your skin condition is superficial, in other words, it does not extend beyond the epidermis or the top layer of the skin, then there is a good chance that dermal rolling (the process of using the microneedle roller on your skin) can help. Examples of superficial skin blemishes are light acne scars, light stretch marks and rough or dull skin surface.
Do not choose a microneedle roller base on price alone
There are plenty of choices available online when it comes to the buying a dermaroller. Do not make the mistake of thinking all rollers are similar and buying the cheapest one. The original derma roller was an extremely high grade medical device made for the sole use of doctors. Subsequently, microneedle rollers were introduced to the consumer market, but were still of remarkable build quality and utilized high grade medical needles.
These days, low grade knock-off rollers have flooded the market (you can find one on eBay for less than $10). Using such low grade rollers carries a lot of risk, as the needles may rust quickly, and may even break and rupture your skin.
Purchase from reputable retailers online
Of course, in terms of reliability, nothing beats buying the roller directly from the manufacturer. However, you can actually get decent discounts from big online retailers like Amazon. These retailers also offer seller protection and consumer reviews so you can be sure that you are getting what you pay for.
If you are purchasing a roller from eBay, be sure to purchase one from a highly reputable seller, and make sure that the brand of the roller is also reputable. The brands we recommend are Dr Roller, New Spa and Scientia.
Read microneedle roller reviews online to find the best dermaroller for your needs
We have written a microneedle roller review article on some of the derma rollers we recommend. But do not take our word for it. You can also read customer feedback from the website of online retailers. Take your time to see what other consumers who have similar skin conditions are saying about the product, and whether it worked for them.
Get a needle of the right length
Buy dermarollers from the right retailers, and buy dermarollers produced by a reputable manufacturer. But that is not enough. You also need to make sure that the needle length of the dermroller you are purchasing is right for you.
Generally, the longer the needle length, the more penetrating and the deeper the microneedling treatment will be. For beginners, we recommend a needle length of either 1.0mm or 1.5mm. These lengths ensure a balance between safety and results. If you have delicate or sensitive skin, then start with a 0.5mm roller. Avoid using rollers with length greater than 2.0mm unless you are a trained beautician or have used microneedling for a substantial period of time. Last but not least, you should maintain a good skin cleaning regime, for example using a Clarisonic to unclog pores before carrying out dermarolling, and practice good post dermarolling skin care.