WTF is Dermarolling? Microneedling 101

In this blog post, I received the featured product for free. All opinions in the post are 100% my own, of course.

When it comes to skincare, it can get complicated. There’s so many tools out there in the world that are either really cool and life-changing or really WTF, why would you ever? And today we’re gonna cover a tool that covers a bit of both!

Dermarolling definitely fits in both categories because why would anyone in the right mind want to stab their face with needles? As crazy as it is, its honestly one of the most life-changing skin tools I’ve ever used. Common terms are microneedling, derma roller,

What is dermarolling?

Essentially its what you’re thinking. Derma [skin] + roller [with micro needles attached].

So, why does it work? Dermarolling works because its forcing your skin to create collagen and increase elasticity. Collagen has been around for years and people usually apply it on the skin through skincare products like creams or oral supplements. This is for the purpose of one thing: increase skin strength and elasticity.

I think dermarolling is awesome because its more effective than these methods. As the micro-needles touch your skin, it triggers your skin to go into “protect” mode and start its natural healing process. Micro-needling penetrates the skin on a deeper level than creams and helps stimulate new skin cells while replacing the old skin cells.

It sounds scary and a bit scientific-y, but its a safe process that comes with a lot of benefits such as anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, scar and pore reduction, and much more (find more benefits at

How do I use it?

1. Disinfect

Before you use the dermaroller, make sure to disinfect your tool. The tool does come in a bin and inside packaging that avoid contamination, but I’m a bit OCD when it comes to sanitation. Since approximately 300 needles are opening up your pores, its best to make sure nothing but needles are going into the upper skin layer. Use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide and leave inside for up to 30 minutes. Completely dry before use.

2. Cleanse

Make sure to cleanse your face prior to using this tool. If you have any makeup, creams, gels, etc., make sure to remove before application.

3. Prep

Although you can go without, I like to use some sort of oil to act as a barrier during the dermaroller process. My favorite oil at-the-moment is Jojoba oil because it has great anti-inflammatory benefits, which is super helpful for my sensitive skin.

4. Roll with it (literally)

Now is the time you have been waiting for! Gently roll the micro-needling tool 4x vertically, 4x horizontally, 4x diagonally to the left and 4x diagonally to the right (look down below).

Credit to Derma Roller System

This will give your skin enough opportunity to become stimulated and ready for the healing process. Repeat this process around your forehead, cheek, and nose area. Also, focus on areas you need help with. For example, I had acne scars on my temples so I made extra sure to roll in those areas. After you are done rolling, you can apply collagen creams for extra elasticity boost.

5. Protect

After the last step, you should be good to go. However, since your skin will be in “protect” mode, its important to protect your skin after using this tool. I like to use this at night to avoid sun exposure and showing the world my red sensitive skin. BUT if you decide to use this during the day and are heading out, make sure to use sunscreen. This will create an optimal barrier to fight off the sun’s strong UV rays.

6. Repeat

Depending on which needle size you use, you can use this tool up to 2-3/week or once every 2-3 weeks. For more information about each needle size, its benefits, and which needle will be right for you, check out

Needle size

Needle size is important. You don’t want to use the wrong needle size for your skin as that could have reverse intended effects.

0.5 mm (I received the 0.5 based on my skincare needs)

Anti-aging, Light scar/blemish, Cell regeneration

1.0 mm

Anti-aging, Light scar/blemish, Cell regeneration + Cellulite, Deep scar/blemish

1.5 mm (A stronger version of 1.0 mm)

Anti-aging, Cell regeneration + Cellulite, Deep scar/blemish

2.0 mm (Meant for body application)

Cellulite and Deep scar/blemish

2.5 mm (Meant for body application, stronger version of 2.0 mm)

Cellulite and Deep scar/blemish

0.5mm Dermaroller


How many times should I sanitize the dermaroller?

Ideally, you should sanitize at least once a week. I like to sanitize every time I use the tool to ensure there is no opportunity for contamination.

Will it make me bleed?

Because of how fine the needles are in the dermaroller, it is not likely for you to bleed. From my personal experience with sensitive skin, I did not bleed. Rather I felt a tingly feeling on my skin and received redness that went away after a couple hours.

When will I see results?

Results vary from person to person and other factors such as the amount of usage, what needle size you used, etc. With this dermaroller tool, I saw results of diminishing acne scars and smaller pores within 5-7 days after using the tool once a week.

Important things to know

Depending on your skin needs, you can purchase different types of micro-needling needle sizes and tool sizes for your face, body and hairline. Make sure you purchase the right tool for your needs.

Do not share this tool with others. This tool is meant for your face and sharing may cause contamination.

Make sure to store tool in a safe place when not in use.

I am not a dermatologist, but this blog post is based on what I recommend from my own knowledge through research and personal experience. You may have a different experience than me.

Thank you so much for reading and for Derma Roller System for sponsoring this post. 100% of my opinions are my own, as always. Comment below if you’ve ever tried dermarolling and what your experience was like!


  • Rach July 25, 2017 at 12:28 am

    I’ve always been curious about dermarolling and you did an awesome job breaking it down! I usually you a cream with collagen but I might try this out!

    • poshpomi August 2, 2017 at 3:42 am

      Thank you so much!

  • MaryBeth July 25, 2017 at 1:04 am

    This was really interesting! I’ve always been too scared to try this, but you make it sound not scary at all.

    • poshpomi August 2, 2017 at 3:42 am

      Yes, it definitely isn’t too scary! I felt a slight tingly sensation and experienced redness after a couple hours, but that was it. I think the results of this method definitely pay off! Thank you for commenting 🙂

  • Charrise July 25, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I have trouble skin so this is definitely something I want to start looking into. Thanks for all the information.

    • poshpomi August 2, 2017 at 3:40 am

      If you have any acne scars or large pores, I would say give it a go. My teenage years acne scars are literally gone. Also, thank you for commenting!

  • Louisa July 27, 2017 at 4:50 am

    I’ve heard so much about dermarolling but your post provides the most information. To be honest, I thought it was counterintuitive to use it.

    • poshpomi August 2, 2017 at 3:39 am

      Yeah, dermarolling is definitely an odd tool. I definitely can see why you think that! I wanted to research as much as I can about it and give an honest review on what I thought of it. I’m glad this post was very informational for you!