What you need to know before using a micro-needle derma roller

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For the longest time, the word “needle” in micro-needle stood out to me and was really in the way of me trying the roller out. But I’ve actually heard and read so many great things about it, so I recently finally decided to give it a try as part of my at-home facial. Although my skin isn’t exactly acne-prone, I do have acne scars from the mask acne I got over the summer, and an uneven skin tone.

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The micro-needle derma roller I have is made with 540 0.25mm fine needles. It's designed to visibly enhance our skins’ health, targeting and minimizing the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks. I naturally associated “needles” with “pain,” but honestly speaking, my experience with this roller has been pain-free.

Before I start using the beauty tool, I had a ton of questions about it. So I talked to the experts at Grace and Stella Co., and got some answers for myself. In case you are a beginner like me, read on to find some important information and useful tips!

What do first-time micro-needle derma roller users need to know about this beauty tool?

Know that it's more intimidating than it looks! We have lots of resources available to anyone who needs a beginner's guide to micro-needling, such as our blog post and YouTube video. Just be sure to do a test patch first, to be on the safe side, and roll lightly - not with a heavy hand!

What can a micro-needle derma roller do which other rollers (like a jade roller, for instance) cannot do?

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Both rollers can increase blood circulation, diminish fine lines and help your other skincare products penetrate more deeply into your skin, which is amazing! However, jade rollers are best for brightening your complexion and giving you a bit of a boost where micro-needle derma rollers are mostly used for healing acne scars, plumping your skin through increased collagen production, improving skin texture, and reducing the appearance of stretch marks!

What would be the best skincare routine to prep the skin before and care for the skin after using a micro-needle derma roller?

To prepare your skin before using the roller, make sure you've removed ALL traces of makeup and your face has been cleansed! Do not apply moisturizer or serum on your face until after you've finished with the roller. Your skincare products will penetrate deeper into your skin after you complete your treatment so be careful with the products you use - make sure not to use anything too harsh in your skin's vulnerable state!

How often should one use a micro-needle derma roller?

We would recommend starting off using your roller once a week. After a few uses, you can start to use it more frequently but we wouldn't recommend it more than three times a week!

Are there skin types that don't suit using the roller?

If you have rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, or any other skin issue that may make your skin super irritable, we wouldn't recommend using the derma roller. Also, do not use the roller if you have active or cystic acne or anything along these lines, as you would be spreading bacteria across your face.

What's the benefit of having this derma roller at home and doing it by yourself, versus having it done by a professional?

Professional treatments can be very intense so a lot of people prefer to have more control and do it themselves! Also, micro-needling treatments cost upward of $300 on average per session.

Note: Before using a micro-needle, I recommend you consult with your dermatologist first.

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