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Sticking small needles into your face to make holes in your skin may sound painful but some people swear by this beauty routine to help improve the appearance of skin.

There are always beauty trends coming and going. Some last the test of time while others are out the door in a hot minute. A new beauty trend that has been growing in popularity is the use of microneedling using a dermaroller.

What is Microneedling and a Dermaroller?

Microneedling is done using a tool called a dermaroller. This tool contains small needles on a roller. The dermaroller is rolled across the skin to make small holes. This is the process of performing microneedling. It is also commonly referred to as dermarolling.

What is the Point of Microneedling / Dermarolling?

Microneedling is used to improve the appearance of the skin. It may help with reducing wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scarring, and discoloration. Skin products absorb better after doing microneedling.

How Big are the Needles?

Most dermarollers have needles that are 0.25 mm to 1 mm in length. Skincare professionals performing microneedling may use needles up to 2 mm but these are not for home use. People who want to try microneedling at home should start with the 0.25 mm dermaroller.

How Often Should You Use a Dermaroller?

The frequency of dermaroller use is going to depend on several factors such as how long the needles are, if you have ever done dermarolling before, and how sensitive your skin is. When beginning microneedling, proceed with caution and do it less frequently until you know how your skin is going to react.

Risks of Microneedling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved microneedling devices but warns that there are risks such as:

  • Dryness
  • Rough Skin
  • Tightness
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Peeling
  • Discomfort
  • Burning
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Crusting
  • Pigmentation changes
  • Lines on the face
  • Reactivation of herpes cold sores
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Infection
  • Stinging

If you want to try microneedling make sure to do your research first. Dermarollers must be carefully and thoroughly disinfected before and after each use. Microneedling is not recommended if you have certain medical conditions or are on certain medications. Talk with your healthcare or skincare provider before starting microneedling to make sure it is safe for you.


  1. Center for Devices and Radiological Health. (2020, November 9). Microneedling devices. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved October 14, 2022