Derma Roller For Acne Scars: Benefits, Process And Cost

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What Is A Derma Roller And How Does It Help In Skin Regeneration?

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We all love to flaunt glowing and blemish-free skin. But most of the times, we fall short of achieving our dream of flawless skin and rather spend time looking at ways to overcome the existing skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, etc. Many of these often involve expensive treatment methods which are definitely a cause of concern. However, there are some treatments which are not as expensive or as risky as other cosmetic treatments. One such treatment method is derma roller for the face.

What Is A Derma Roller?

A derma roller is a beauty device which is used for skin regeneration. It is effective in treating a number of skin conditions. It is made of a heavy-duty plastic roller head which has about thousands of tiny needles on its surface. These needles are either made of stainless steel or titanium. Different rollers have a different number of needles. Ideally, there would be about 90 to 450 needles and the size of the needles would be between 0.25mm to 3mm.

Before you go ahead and pick up a derma roller, you should know how to use it and what this treatment is all about. This treatment basically entails the needle-covered device which is gently rolled on your skin so that it can cover all the areas of the skin. It is a cosmetic procedure which is less invasive and has hardly any downtime. When the needles gently penetrate your skin, it stimulates the flow of blood and acts as an exfoliator. You can think of it as a device used for massaging your skin.

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Benefits Of Derma Roller On Face

  • Skin problems such as scars can be treated by using a derma roller, as it helps in stimulating the elastin and collagen present in the skin
  • The increase in the production of collagen and elastin is stimulated by derma roller which helps in smoothening out the wrinkles in a natural way. The time is taken to see the positive results will depend upon the severity of your wrinkles
  • The harsh UV rays of the sun can damage our skin constantly. Derma roller can help in repairing our sun-damaged skin by stimulating collagen which rejuvenates the skin from within. This device also helps in quick absorption of any topical treatment
  • Hyperpigmentation, mostly on the skin’s surface, can be treated by using derma roller for the face. It helps by normalizing the melanocyte cells, skin peeling, as well as easy absorption of any skin lightening product, used topically
  • Stretch marks can also be made less visible with this device
  • Acne is another skin condition which can benefit from using a derma roller. However, you need to take a lot of care and precaution, so that the bacteria are not spread on other areas of the skin
  • Some of the other derma roller for skin benefits include treating inflammation, dry or rough skin, and redness of the skin.

Derma Roller Face Treatment

The size of the needles would be determined by the area to be used and individual skin condition, whether you are using derma roller for face scars or for any other skin condition. Based on individual requirements the needle would be chosen. For example, for light acne scars, you should use needles which are 0.5mm in size while for enlarged pores only a dermatologist must administer the procedure with needles which are 2.0 mm to 2.5 mm in size.

Below is a step-by-step instruction on how to use the derma roller face treatment

  • The first step is to disinfect the needles and wash your own face with a mild cleanser
  • Next, depending upon your tolerance level for pain and the size of the needle, you can apply a numbing cream on the areas on which you will be using the device
  • Gently start rolling the device over your skin by first rolling it in the same directions (example, vertically) for about 6-8 times. Keep doing this until the whole face is covered
  • Once done, go back to the starting point and start rolling the tool in a perpendicular direction. Make sure you use the tool on all the areas of the skin
  • After you have covered the entire face, you can use plain water to wash your face. Make sure that your derma roller is also cleaned and disinfected.

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When Will You See Results After Using A Derma Roller?

Since each of us has a different skin type, skin tone, and skin condition, there is no exact time which can be set for you to see the results. However, you can see minute results on a weekly basis and you will definitely notice changes after about one to three months of using the derma tool.

Derma Roller Cost In India

The cost of a single session of derma roller treatment ranges between Rs 1,500 and Rs 5,000. The procedure usually requires 3-6 sessions based on the skin’s needs. The cost of treatment varies from one person to another based on the skin condition, underlying cause, the number of sessions required. Primarily, packages are available to remove acne scars, wrinkles, sun damage, and other signs of ageing. The prices mentioned are indicative only and may vary from one clinic to another based on its location, reputation, the type of equipment used and the experience of the dermatologist. It is advisable to visit a skin clinic to know the exact cost of derma roller treatment.

Remember, there are several derma rollers available in the market. Based on the make, brand and needle size, they may come at a price range between Rs 300 and Rs 1200 in stores or online market place. While they look mostly the same, a subpar quality derma roller can worsen your skin condition rather than improving it.

Post Care Tips For Derma Roller

  • Always use a mild cleanser and plain water to cleanse your face for the next 48 hours. Also, be gentle while drying your skin and ensure that before all of this your hands are clean as well
  • Use a mineral-based moisturizer which will keep your skin hydrated and avoid any dryness on the skin
  • You can also use hyaluronic acid (HA) to hydrate the skin and bring the skin’s pH balance back to normal. You can use serums which contain HA in them
  • Try and avoid using any makeup for at least 12 hours after the treatment. Do not let any makeup brush come near the treated skin as it can cause further skin problems
  • Make sure that once you are done with the treatment, you need to apply a layer of sunscreen which is at least SPF 30.

Also Read: 4 Effective Treatments To Remove Old Scars Permanently

Derma Roller Treatment Side Effects

  • Redness of the skin is one of the most common side effect seen. It might appear like a sunburn but it will generally fade away after some time
  • While using longer needles, there are chances that your skin would become drier and rougher than usual. This side effect also fades away after few days and with the help of a good moisturizer
  • If you have sensitive skin, you might observe inflammation after the treatment. But it will subside after a couple of hours
  • Your skin would be super sensitive to the sun which is why it is ideal to avoid any kind of direct exposure to the sun
  • Pain and bleeding are also common side effects which occur during the procedure, so do not panic.
  • Some of the other common side effects include scratched skin, irritation of the skin, bruises, trigger new acne outbreaks, scars might appear which may make you look worse.
  • The most serious side effect is the occurrence of infection if you do not use a clean and disinfected derma roller. The bacteria remaining on the device from its previous use can lead to various skin infections, which in turn, will only worsen your condition.


  1. How often do you use a derma roller?
    The size of the needle used determines the number of times you can use the derma roller. For example, needles of 0.5 mm can be used once in every 3 weeks while a 1.5 mm needle should be used once in 6 weeks. For daily or once in two days, you can use needles which are 0.2-0.25 mm in size.
  2. How does the derma roller compare with other acne scar removal therapies?
    Unlike the other acne scar removal therapies, derma rollers do not have any long downtime period of 2-8 weeks, no harm is caused to the epidermis, the side effects are lesser which are easily overcome and the pain involved is comparatively lesser.
  3. Can a derma roller remove deep acne scars?
    Derma rollers might not be able to completely remove the deep acne scars; however, it can help in making them less noticeable.
  4. On whom does derma roller work best?
    This device can be used by anyone who wants to fix various skin conditions. Check with your dermatologist for more detailed insights.
  5. Can you use a derma roller every day?
    Yes, a 0.2-0.25 mm needle size of derma roller can be used every day. But, it is best to first use it on alternate days to see how your skin is reacting and then start using it daily. Check with your dermatologist for more.
  6. How long do derma rollers last?
    A good-quality derma roller can last for about six to eight months.
  7. Does the Derma Roller hurt?
    Yes, it may hurt a little and the level of pain depends upon the size of the needles being used.

Any skin condition on the surface can be easily treated by using derma rollers which are less expensive than the other cosmetic treatments. But do remember to consult your dermatologist and seek help for conditions which go deeper into the skin.

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Kushneet Kukreja

Kushneet Kukreja

A postgraduate in Biotechnology from Kingston University and an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition, Kushneet Kukreja is a passionate writer who works in close association with the dermatologists at our head office to generate valuable and scientifically accurate content for our blog.

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