Derma Pen vs Derma Roller – Which one will do the job you want?

Derma Roller
Last Updated January 26, 2023

How to choose between a Derma Pen and a Derma Roller?

If you're looking for a more advanced skincare device than a basic facial cleansing brush, you may be wondering whether to buy a Derma Pen (also known as a Micro Needing Pen) or a Derma Roller. Both devices can help improve the appearance of your skin, but they work in different ways.

In this article, we will have a look at their key differences.

What are the benefits of using either a Derma Pen or Dermal Roller?

Collagen is a structural protein that is found in our skin, tendons, and bones. It plays an important role in giving our skin its elasticity and strength. 

As we age, our collagen production declines, which can lead to wrinkles and other signs of aging. There are several ways to stimulate collagen production, including using a Dermal Pen or Dermal Roller. 

Collagen Production by Age
Collagen Production as we Age

As bad as it sounds, Derma Pens and Derma Rollers help to create micro-injuries in our skin. This triggers our body's natural healing response. It gives us a natural a boost in collagen production, leading to firmer, smoother skin. 

Derma roller vs derma pen

If you're looking for a way to improve the appearance of your skin, then you should consider trying a Dermal Pen or Roller. There is minimal discomfort with either a Dermal Pen or a Dermal Roller, and both are relatively quick and easy to use. 

What are the key differences between a derma pen and a derma roller?

Derma Pen

Derma Pen - Micro Needling
  • A Derma Pen uses multiple needles to create microscopic punctures in the skin. This triggers the skin's natural healing process, which can lead to an increase in collagen and elastin production.
  • A Derma Pen can be used on all areas of the body, 
  • The needles depth on a Derma Pen is usually adjustable and can puncture just the top layer of the skin, or into the dermis, depending on the setting. 
  • Although a Derma Pen penetrates deeper layers of the skin, it is less likely to cause bruising and irritation than a Derma Roller.
  • Because they can penetrate into the dermis, Derma Pen treatments never be done more than once every 4 weeks.

Derma Roller

Dermal Roller
  • Derma Rollers use single, larger needles to roll over the skin. This helps to exfoliate the surface of the skin and promote cell turnover.
  • A derma roller is best suited for use on the face.

    Its needles can be too thick for many people and can cause sunburn like redness if used on areas of the body other than the face. 
  • Dermal Rollers can be used to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, as well as scars.
  • Derma Rollers offer no adjustment in the depth of the skin they puncture. 
  • For best results, it is recommended to use the Derma Roller 2-3 times per week.

What is the expected downtime with a derma roller versus a derma pen?

There is minimal downtime with both derma roller and derma pen treatments. However, Derma Roller treatments may cause temporary redness and swelling, while Derma Pen treatments usually only result in redness.

Conclusion - So, which device is right for you?

I could say here that Derma Pens cost more than a Dermal Roller, plus you have the on-going cost of replacement pin cartridges, but I don't think that's a fair comparison. These are 2 different tools that are suited to different jobs. Both tools have their place. 

If you're primarily concerned with boosting collagen production, and the reduction of then a derma pen may be a better choice. However, if you're looking for a more all-around skincare solution, then a derma roller may be the better option.

Please remember:  If you are considering Derma Pen or Dermal Roller treatments, it's important to consult with a health professional or your GP, or dermatologist beforehand to make sure that either of these devices area safe for your particular skin type.


About the Author

Sharon McKenzie

Sharon McKenzie is a 57-year-old woman who exudes the radiance of someone much younger. Despite dealing with chronic illness for nearly 20 years and facing additional skin issues in recent years, Sharon has managed to maintain a youthful glow. Her Celtic heritage may have presented challenges in the past, but she has found ways to take care of her skin and it shows.

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