Beauty, Skin Care

The Derma Roller – Is It Another Fad Or Does It Actually Work?

I had heard about the Derma Roller around the blogosphere and what it claims to do for your skin, but I have to admit that I didn’t really know much else about it.  However, I am a little obsessed with trying new skin care products, so I can’t tell you how excited I was when Petunia Skincare asked me to review their new 1mm Derma Roller!

They supplied me with an eBook to read before I started using the Derma Roller, which was great, as I like to know exactly what I’m using on my face – especially when it involves needles!  I also checked out their website which has a wealth of information on how to use it and what it claims to do for your skin.  You can have a look for yourselves here.  They also sell some lovely serums, which go hand in hand with using the Derma Roller (more on that later…)

What does the Derma Roller Actually Do?

Ok, so according to Petunia Skincare….

“The derma roller functions as a minimally invasive micro-needle therapy that is used to reach the dermis layer of the skin to stimulate collagen and fibroblast proliferation. As new skin slowly grows within the surroundings, the overall look of the skin begins to even out. This multi-functional tool is great with those suffering from acne scars, sagging aging skin and even stretch marks. You will notice your skin slowly tighten within a month of rolling!”
So basically, the Derma Roller can benefit everyone.  Whether you want it for anti-aging, improving the texture of your skin, acne scars or just to simply get your skin looking its best.  Because, lets face it, who doesn’t want to have younger, plumper looking skin??!
As well as the above, you can also use it on cellulite, stretch marks and deep scars. They sell the Derma Roller in 3 different needle sizes (0.5mm, 1mm and 1.5mm). I have the 1mm roller which seems to me to be the best all-rounder, but they each have their specific uses.  Again, you can see this for yourselves on Petunia Skincare’s website.
Petunia Skin care Derma RollerDerma Roller and Serums

Using the Derma Roller

The Derma Roller comes packaged in a plastic case which is sealed in a foil bag.  I really liked this because when it comes to needles-hygiene is key.  I’m not going to lie, when I opened it and saw the little needles for the first time – it was a little scary to say the least!  I take such great care with my face, that it seemed crazy and a little ironic that I was just about to stab myself (multiple times) with a load of tiny needles! But once I got over the initial shock….I was ready to go!

Firstly you need to make sure your face is properly cleansed, and that you have run your Derma Roller under hot water.  It is so important to make sure it is always clean and as sterile as possible.  The instructions say to roll it across your face at least 10 times, vertically, horizontally and diagonally.

There is a small indentation at the top of the roller which fits your forefinger perfectly.  I found that it is important to have your finger here, because it gives you good control on the pressure you are applying.  I’m not going to lie, you can feel it.  But I wouldn’t say that it hurts as such, it’s almost like a really intense pins and needles feeling (no pun intended!!).  The first few rolls are the worst, and as you carry on, it’s as though your face becomes a bit numb to it.  What I would say is that it is important to make sure that you are applying enough pressure to your face.  Because as tempting as it is to go nice and lightly, if you don’t push hard enough you’re not going to see the results.

I didn’t bleed at all – apart from when I ran it down my nose (which I don’t suggest doing!)  My face just went a little bit red in certain areas.  By the time I was finished my face didn’t hurt – but the only way I can describe it was that I was “aware” of it.  Kind of like a tingly feeling I suppose.

Now this is my favourite part.  Once you have finished rolling, they suggest that you put on whatever serum you like to use.  The theory behind this is that the serums can penetrate the skin even more effectively through those tiny holes you have just made! I love this! It also feels really soothing when you apply the serums afterwards too.  I used The Body Shop’s Drops of Light serum (which I LOVE by the way) and The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid.  But as I said before, Petunia Skincare sell some serums that work brilliantly alongside the Derma Roller.  I especially like the sound of their Vitamin C serum, which also aids collagen production and helps with pigmentation and acne scarring.  So you’re getting a double whammy!

Derma Roller and Serums Derma Roller and Serum

Once you have applied the serum, leave it to soak in for 10-15 minutes and you can then apply your moisturizer.  Obviously I would suggest using the Derma Roller in the evening before you go to bed, as you can give your face time to calm down overnight.  It is advised to Derma Roll every 3-4 weeks for the best effect.
Something I will say is that if you are suffering from acne with active spots then this is not for you, for obvious reasons.  And obviously don’t be tempted to use the Derma Roller if you have a spot pop up, this would seriously aggravate it, not to mention spread germs all over your face! Just wait until they have completely cleared up.

So What Were The Results?

So what was I looking to get out of using the Derma Roller? Obviously I’m all up for anti aging and reducing fine lines – but I understand that this is going to be a work in progress.  My immediate concerns are the texture and tone of my skin, and reducing some marks left over from a few nasty spots that I had in the past.

Right, I have only used the Derma Roller twice so far, and as with any skin care product, you can’t expect to see results immediately.  These things take time and you have to be realistic about it.  Your skin only rejuvenates every 28 days, so any effects you want to see in terms of fine lines and scar reduction is going to take a little while.

However, I can 100% say that when I woke up the next morning my skin looked absolutely radiant! (If I do say so myself!) It was really glowing and definitely looked brighter.  My make up went on like a dream and I would say that my skin continued to look like that for about a week afterwards.  I do also think that the texture was slightly improved too.

After trialling the Derma Roller, I can now say that I will most certainly continue to use it.  I think the results will only get better over time, and I’m excited to see the continued improvements!  I think the fact that you only do this every 3-4 weeks means that it is not a huge burden (some skin care routines can become quite tedious when you have to do them every other day) so I feel that this is an easy one to keep up with.

Don’t forget to check out Petunia Skincare’s website, where you can buy the Derma Roller that is suitable for your needs, along with the serums too.  I 100% recommend that you use a serum alongside the Derma Roller to maximise your results.  For those of you in the UK, Petunia Skincare do ship internationally or you can buy the 1mm Derma Roller on Amazon here.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, and its given you a little bit of an insight into what it’s all about! Will you be trying it out?  Or have you used it already? What are your thoughts on it? I’d love to hear from you!  Thanks again to Petunia Skincare for sending me the Derma Roller!

See you all soon!


Petunia Skin Care Derma Roller and Serums







2 thoughts on “The Derma Roller – Is It Another Fad Or Does It Actually Work?

  1. I have seen the derma roller on Amazon multiple times and have been intrigued by this a lot. Want to try it but am scared at the same time. Reading your review has again motivated me to try it and I will. Thanks for sharing, really liked reading your thoughts. 🙂

    1. Ahh thank you so much! I’m so glad that it helped!😊 I’d love to hear your thoughts on it once you’ve given it a go!☺️

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