Does dermarolling really work?

Welcome back to The Monica Way!

For the next couple of months I’ve made it my blogging mission to explore the weird and wonderful world of beauty trends.

With the endless supply of self-proclaimed ‘life changing’ products on the market, it’s becoming progressively difficult to know what actually works and what doesn’t.

The aim of my beauty trends series is to give a direct and truthful account of whether these trends are truly worth the money or whether you should spend your hard-earned cash elsewhere.


The first beauty trend I’m uncovering is a treatment known as dermarolling.



Using the 0.2mm Skin Roller from Swiss Clinic

Dermarolling or micro needling is the use of tiny needles to create a controlled micro injury on the skin surface.

While it sounds rather awful, the process is said to stimulate collagen and elastin production for plumper, more radiant skin.

 “By creating small areas of injury, it jumpstarts the skin’s repair cycle, inducing collagen and elastin synthesis,” Dr Maryam Zamani, Oculoplastic Surgeon and Aesthetic Doctor.

Why dermarolling?

After seeing endless social media posts raving about dermarolling, I just had to try it for myself.

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Kim Kardashian swears by dermarolling (also referred to as a vampire facial or micro needling).
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When asked about her beauty regime Jennifer replied ‘The closest I’ll ever go is a derma-roller. Google it – it’s great. It’s like a little wheel that has little pins, like acupuncture needles in a way, and you roll it and it stimulates your collagen and it also allows for your products to seep into your skin”.



I’ve always been a cynic when it comes to skin care, I’ve tried countless creams/medications in the bid to rectify my ever sporadic skin, but to no avail. As someone who’s struggled with acne scarring and blemished skin since a teen, I’m open to ideas and beauty hacks to try to improve its condition.

When looking into dermarolling options, I chose to go with a home dermarolling kit instead of going into a dermarolling clinic.


Personally, I’d recommend that you start off with a home kit in the process of deciding whether dermarolling works for you; it’s certainly a more affordable option. Home kits also mean that you can treat yourself regularly without a financial investment.

If you later decide that you want a deeper needle you can then try a clinical treatment.

The kit I started with came complete with the skin roller, storage box, Swiss Clinic rejuvenating serum and importantly, a sanitising spray for the roller.


There are hundreds of skin rollers on the market ranging from around £20 – £150. I chose the Swiss Clinic skin roller as a midrange price option at £42. The Skin Roller from Swiss Clinic is made from 100% Japanese surgical steel and comes in either 0.2mm or 0.5mm needle lengths. I would only use a product of this nature from a reputable skin care brand and I would advise researching the company before buying your skin roller.

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How do you use it?

Before I start my dermarolling routine, I ensure to completely cleanse my skin of any makeup or residue skin products. It’s really important that the skin is totally clean, to prevent spreading bacteria across the face. I ensure to antiseptic wash my roller with the sanitising spray after each use and I keep it contained and clean in its case between treatments.

Hygiene case for the roller

I roll the roller back and forth in various directions for a couple of minutes. The Swiss Clinic website states ‘Do not rush your treatment. Roll the Skin Roller back and forth with straight and firm strokes to achieve optimal results. Be sure to roll in multiple directions: vertically, horizontally and diagonally both back and forth for 2-3 minutes‘.

Immediately after rolling I apply the Rejuvenating Serum into the skin so that the active ingredients penetrate deeply into the skin. I let the products settle for an hour or so before I sleep.

Does it hurt?

As I’m only using the 0.2mm roller it doesn’t hurt, it just feels tingly and a little strange at first.

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How often do you do it?

The instructions given by Swiss Clinic are to roll for 5-7 days consecutively and then to take a 5-7 day rest before starting another cycle. Of course, everyone has different skin and therefore may experience a different reaction to the treatment. If you’re new to skin rolling it may be best to start off by rolling only once or twice a week and then gradually build up your frequency.

Now for the important part…does it actually work?

In a short answer: yes!

Although I’m still in the early stages of my dermarolling journey, I can 100% see a difference in my skin already…and so can others. The morning after using my roller, my skin always has a noticeable glow to it and I can actively see a difference in my complexion.

Its worth noting that collagen takes a good two months to grow, so within a month you should start to see really nice results however its one of those beauty treatments that you need commit to and pursue over time.

I also feel that my spot creams are more effective after I’ve used my roller as I’ve been experiencing fewer breakouts since starting dermarolling.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Based on my experience so far, 100% yes! As I’m only a month into using it, the changes in my skin aren’t drastic but they’re definitely noticable.

I’ve been taking progress pictures of my skin along the way and I’ll be putting them together for a follow-up blog to show my dermarolling results across a 3 month period (the first picture I took is rather shocking).


Stay tuned for my dermarolling updates and let me know in the comments about your own dermarolling journey!

Ps. If you’re thinking of trying it out for yourself, The Swiss Clinic  have kindly provided me with a 20% off code for their site (this is not an affiliate code, I will not receive any commission on this).

20% off code: themonicaway20

I really hope you found this useful and informative, let me know of any other beauty trends you’d like me to review in the comments below!







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