How to Remove Acne Scars with DermaRoller

If you have been thinking about using dermarollers for your acne scar treatments, this article hopefully will clear some doubts and give you the information you need to make educated buying decisions!

Here are the reasons why you should be using a derma roller (MICRO NEEDLING)

  • Convenient and easy to use at home.
  • Can be carried out up to 5 days a week on all areas of the face, scalp, neck and body.
  • Can increase serum absorption by as much as 1,000 times. This greatly increases the effectiveness of your hair and skin products through increased penetration.
  • Removes old collagen fibres and rapidly stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.
  • Clears pores and follicles by gently exfoliating to stimulate blood flow.
  • Reduces lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, cellulite, hyper-pigmentation, large pores and pitted skin.
  • Reduces hair loss, hair thinning, greying, alopecia and more (when used with Minoxidil 5%).
  • No permanent damage to the skin, not painful (only a tickling sensation – but no blood drawn) or risk of hypo- or hyper- pigmentation (complete preservation of the epidermis during the procedure). No known side effects.
  • Very cost effective compared to the thousands of dollars you would be spending on commercial treatments or clinics.

How Dermarollers Work

Derma Rollers are a skin needling device that assist in producing new collagen, in a method known as Micro Needling Therapy or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) or as Percutaneous Collagen Induction (PCI); which involves minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure by rolling hundreds of small surgical needles across your face and or body in a grid-like pattern to stimulate collagen growth.

The needles, when gently pressed against your skin with even pressure, create tiny punctures to the depth from 1mm to 2 mm. This, in turn, activates your self-healing mechanisms and rejuvenates the rolled skin.

By triggering the body’s natural healing process to produce collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycans & create new, healthier tissue.

Renewing your skin cells regularly, you treat common problems such as wrinkles, skin hyperpigmentation, scars (including acne scars), uneven skin, stretch marks (usually developed after pregnancy), hair loss; or it can simply be used to create smoother skin.

The benefit to using the small hand-held roller is that it creates micro-channels throughout the inner surface of your skin. Many well-established skin rejuvenation treatments and procedures work on that same principle, including laser resurfacing, plasma resurfacing, deep chemical peels, and dermabrasion.

Micro-needling or Derma Rolling also works to enhance absorption of the essential ingredients in your skincare and beauty products, such as products with Vitamin C or Hyaluronic acid. Read more here!

There could be approximately 180-1000 micro-needles on the derma rollers but the most common size has around 540 needles on them.

Do the sizes of the needles matter?

The answer is the length of the needles that is what matters.

Different size of the needles of the rollers can solve different skin problems you have. The 0.50 mm needles will be enough to create punctures that encourage collagen production in skin.

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For beginners, it might be best to start with .50-.75mm roller. This one is most suitable for those who want to get more benefits or see more visible results from current skincare. The small punctures will allow better absorption of the ingredients.

This type of derma roller (.50-.75mm roller) can be used as often as every other day.

The bigger needles are designed to help solve the more permanent or deeper scars such as those from cystic acne or wounds.

Also you will likely need smaller needles for facial treatment than on other parts of your body. The skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive than other parts therefore; the smaller needles will definitely do the job more safely and effectively.

In order to see more noticeable improvements, many sessions might be required depending on how deep the scars. Sometimes it can take up to 10 sessions. But each session also takes a few minutes. And for the bigger longer needles, you will need to take some time off between sessions.

How often you can derma roll your skin also depends on the needle size

  • You guessed it; the smaller the needles the more often you can use them. The smallest one you can use every other day, while the ones that target that bigger scars should be used no more than once a week.
  • Patience is your friend when it comes to seeing the results from the derma roller.
  • Just like many other procedures, many sessions and going through downtime may be required.
  • But the reward you get from doing this is worthwhile.


  • To ensure no scratch marks or uncomfortable like razor burn sensations; Roll only one direction, then pick up the dermaroller after each pass. Go slower than necessary if need be. It’s tedious, but your skin will appreciate the newly produced collagen!
  • The proper way to micro-needle is to run the Derma Roller in every direction over the skin you’re treating. That means running the roller a few times from right to left, top to bottom and then diagonally over your lips or skin. If you’re sensitive to pain, you can purchase a numbing cream like lidocaine first and leave on for 20 minutes before rolling.
  • After rolling don’t forget to add a moisturizing product that can penetrate deep into the skin and leave the area nourished.
  • Since you’re creating small punctures in your skin, it’s vital that you sanitize your Derma Roller between uses and do not share it with anyone.
  • Since you also want your skin to be completely makeup-free and clean before rolling. Your skin may look slightly red and swollen so rolling before night allows your irritated skin time to calm down before going out.
  • Too much rolling or too much pressure can cause real harm and or trauma (even bleeding) and not produce the results you desire. If you have active breakouts, you shouldn’t roll. If you currently have sunburn, you should skip this treatment until your skin is completely healed.

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You should never roll with a .50 mm roller or larger more than once a week or so. Just like a Clarisonic (or any other facial cleansing devices), it’s best to do one micro needling session and see how your skin reacts.

Using a Derma Roller is no different than peeling your dead skin off, but instead you’re puncturing through the dead skin creating space where you can take a collagen serum and help your skin absorb the nutrients and increase production of collagen.

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