Guide How to Choose Correct Dermaroller Needle Size

Dermaroller needles are offered in different sizes. They can start from 0.2mm and go up to 3.0mm. Selecting the correct needle size depends on the skin problem you are suffering from. For example, smaller needles are ideal for treating wrinkles, hyperpigmentation whereas bigger sizes are required for reducing stretch marks. Given below is a valuable guide on different needle sizes and the skin conditions for which they should be employed:

0.2mm to 0.3mm:

Needles of this size are essentially used for transdermal absorption. In simple words, they can be used to enhance the effectiveness of skin care products. You might experience skin irritation or redness in the first few days. However, these are temporary symptoms which will vanish eventually.

Dermaroller with needle size of 0.2mm to 0.3mm can be employed every alternate day without worrying about side effects. Make sure you use it exactly as per the instructions given. This needle size is best-suited for delicate areas such as the skin around the eyes.


If you want to get rid of wrinkles, light blemishes or skin damage due to sunrays, then this needle size is the best. Moreover, this needle size can also be used for enhanced product absorption to gain better results. Using the dermaroller can lead to skin dryness, therefore the needles must be used with care.

Users may experience skin slight discomfort and skin redness. However, these side effects vary from person to person.  A numbing cream might not be required while using these needles. Dermarolling with 0.5mm needles can be done once a week or once every 15 days. Determining whether to use it weekly or fortnightly depends on how you feel after dermarolling. If you have severe skin inflammation, then it’s advised to use the 0.5mm needle every 15 days and not every week.


As compared to smaller size needles, this size is more effective in causing the creation of collagen. The 1.0mm needles are recommended for reducing scars, wrinkles and getting rid of stretch marks. Individuals who have used dermaroller with this size needles have also noticed an even skin complexion.

The 1.0mm size needles can be easily used on areas such as forehead, cheeks and lower neck. However, the dermaroller should be used carefully around sensitive regions such as behind the ears and eyes. Due to greater needle penetration, one might go through moderate pain. The recovery period when you use dermaroller with 1.0mm needles is 7 days.

A numbing cream is required, especially for individuals who cannot tolerate the pain, or have extremely sensitive skin.

1.5mm – 2.0mm:

This is a medium size needle which is best utilized on skin areas such as arms, thighs, hands and abdomen in order to treat scars, stretch marks and wrinkles. Just as the 1.0mm needle, these needles also have deeper penetration and therefore might cause moderate discomfort. Users must apply an anaesthetic prior to using the dermaroller to lessen the pain during treatment. The procedure can be repeated only after the individual has completely recovered. Dermaroller needles between 1.5mm to 2.0mm can be used every 6 weeks or every 2 months.


The 3.0mm needles are not suitable for using on the face since they are bigger in size. Dermarolling with 3.0mm needles is generally done on hard skin parts such as feet, buttocks, thighs, arms, upper and lower back. Owing to their ability to penetrate deeper in the skin, this needle size is ideal for individuals with stretch marks and severe burn scars.

It is mandatory to apply a numbing cream before using 3.0mm needle dermaroller. The user might experience skin inflammation, reddening and slight bleeding. No other skin procedure should be done during the recovery phase which can be 7-10 days. The next treatment should be repeated only after 2 months.

Choose dermaroller needle size correctly so that you don’t have to go through any unnecessary pain. For example, if you are not sure whether to use a 0.5mm or 1.0mm needle, pick 0.5mm to be on the safe side. Selecting the wrong size will only worsen the skin condition.

Shri Ravi

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