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Derma Roller | The At Home Beauty Tool That Will Make Your Skin Look Better

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I won’t lie, when I first received my derma roller I was anxious. The very principle of rolling 200 tiny needles over your face would be nerve-wracking for most of us. Nevertheless, I’ve taken extreme measures in the name of skincare before. I certainly wasn’t about to back down and miss out on using such a hyped product. 


I’ve already mentioned that a derma roller is a slightly scary, needled handheld device. But before you start visualising old age torture devices and scaring yourself, the needle sizes only range from 0.5mm to 2.5mm.

The microneedles are designed to trigger a natural healing process which encourages new, healthier tissue.


Gently rolling the handheld device over your face promotes smoother skin. The benefits vary depending on which size needle you opt for but generally they can help with reducing wrinkles, skin hyperpigmentation, scars, uneven skin, stretch marks, and even hair loss. If any of these needs are specific to you then you can find out which size you’d need using the Needle Size Guide.


For my first derma roller, I chose the 1.0mm as I wanted to start quite small to ease myself into the idea. Each needle size comes with its own set of recommendations for accompanying product and frequency of use. The following information is based solely on the 1.0mm needle and my experiences with it. If you’re using a different needle size then please see the appropriate Derma Roller System recommendations.

The 1.0mm is the only size that claims to offer both blemish reduction and pore refining treatment. It also boasts cell regeneration, anti-aging, and enhanced nutrient absorption benefits. In layman’s terms, enhanced nutrient absorption means that the derma rolling process increases the efficiency of skincare products. The needles create microchannels which allow skincare products to penetrate more deeply, increasing effectiveness by up to 40 times.


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As with any beauty product, needs and results vary between individuals. When I first began using the derma roller a few months ago I honestly had no idea what to expect. It’s been quite a controversial skincare tool, considerably dividing opinion between those who claim that the mild damage it actively promotes is bad for the skin and those who swear by its benefits.

I’ve joined the latter group without a doubt. I’ve been trialing the derma roller for review for quite a while because you can only use the 1.00mm safely once every 3-4 weeks. Despite seeing positive results after only one use, I continued to use it 3 more times over a good few months to ensure that I was confident in recommending it.

To say that derma rolling is as comfortable and relaxing as my normal skincare routine would be an exaggeration. Whilst the whole process is considerably more bearable than I thought it would be, naturally, a prickling sensation is part of the package. For a couple of hours after the process, my face is red, hot, and feels mildly irritated. It’s absolutely nothing I can’t handle though, and in my opinion, the results are definitely worth the level of discomfort.


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The biggest benefit that the derma roller has provided to my skin is simply an incredibly healthy look. I wanted to target the large pores on either side of my nose and for both that and enhanced nutrient absorption, the DermaC+ Serum and Hyaluronic Acid Serum are recommended. I’ve been using the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 by The Ordinary.

I’ve also noticed a small difference in the size of my pores. Although derma rolling hasn’t miraculously reduced them to nothing, it does seem to have reduced them. Since I started using the tool, they’ve become more manageable alongside the use of other pore refining products like my favourite NYX pore-filler primer.

If you’re like me in your never-ending quest for perfect skin then I’d highly recommend trying a derma roller. I’ve seen noticeable benefits and overall the appearance of my skin has improved.

*  This post is part of a paid collaboration with Derma Roller. As always, all words, images, and opinions are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information. 

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  • Reply Lucy

    I’ve tried derma rolling in the past and did notice a bit of a difference with scarring – definitely reduced! Maybe I’ll give it another go, I’m not sure why I stopped!

    Lucy | Forever September

    August 1, 2019 at 7:22 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad to hear that you noticed a difference too! I can see it as something easily skipped seeing how long you have to wait to do it again- I’m hoping to keep on top of it though considering what a difference its made!x

      August 2, 2019 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Sophie Naylor

    I need to try this out! I’ve had such good things. Seems kind of scary but got to try everything once haha. I doubt it even hurts, as you said, I’m just a wimp. Great post x

    August 1, 2019 at 7:45 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      You definitely do, it’s amazing! I was definitely apprehensive at first but I didn’t find it painful, just a bit uncomfortable x

      August 2, 2019 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Rachael Stray

    I haven’t used one before but it sounds like there are some benefits.

    August 1, 2019 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Geraldine

    That sounds wonderful! I didn’t realize that you didn’t have to use it that frequently, I really thought it was several times a week. It’s nice that you didn’t have any problems by it and it gives a much healthier look!

    Geraldine |

    August 2, 2019 at 3:58 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so impressed by it! I think it does depend on which needle size you go for, but yes for mine it’s not very regularly at all is it? x

      August 2, 2019 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Mykayla

    Wow! I’ve never heard of this before! I don’t think I could ever put needles on my face!

    August 2, 2019 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply Mai

    I’ve tried derma rolling in the past, but I never remembered to do it enough to see any results. It’s great that you noticed benefits pretty quickly!


    August 3, 2019 at 5:02 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I have to admit I’m usually terrible at remembering new things into a routine but I set an alarm to make sure I used it regularly considering I was reviewing it! x

      August 5, 2019 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    I’ve heard so many things about derma rollers! I am scared to use them because I might be too hard-handed with how I use it. Though, I am glad that it has worked out for you so far! I need to give it a try one of these days. Thanks for sharing your experience with them.

    Nancy ♥

    August 4, 2019 at 3:23 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I was definitely apprehensive and use it quite lightly, I only have good things to say about it though! x

      August 5, 2019 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Alice Hope

    I’ve been so interested in derma rollers for ages but scared to use them cos I don’t like needles😂 your skin looks amazing though so if those are the results I think I’m definitely going to have to try it !! 💓

    August 4, 2019 at 7:38 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I was definitely hesitant too but I’ll try almost anything for good skin! Aw thank you, you should definitely give it a go x

      August 6, 2019 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Samantha

    I was exactly the same when I first looked at my roller. However, it’s surprising how quickly we get confident at using it and seeing the benefits! I use mine at bedtime a couple of times a week and love waking to plumper skin. I haven’t noticed much change to my pores but I’ll take the plumping! x

    Samantha |

    August 8, 2019 at 8:53 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I agree- once you start using it, it’s not scary at all! I have quite large pores on the sides of my nose and was so happy to see a slight reduction! x

      August 9, 2019 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Katrina

    This sounds amazing! I’m really struggling with my skin at the moment – it’s awful.
    It’s great you’ve had such good results from it x

    August 10, 2019 at 9:47 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It is- I can’t believe the results actually, I’ll definitely be derma rolling for the long haul! x

      August 11, 2019 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Kyra |

    I’ve been wanting to try this a while but I was far too scared but I think I’ll definitely give it a go before the end of the year!

    September 9, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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