How to avoid fake derma roller
I get asked this a lot (how to avoid fake derma roller), so I figured I’d dedicate a short post to it:
When you get a new roller, how can you tell if it’s indeed safe, high quality, and not a fake derma roller?
The bad news is that it’s sometimes very hard or even impossible to know. For example, you cannot easily check if the roller has been gamma-sterilized or not. It is difficult to decide even if the length of the needles on your roller is accurate.
How to avoid fake derma roller & spot the good ones
I have been pissed-off by fake, low-quality rollers, but luckily had found & been using good rollers, with that said, I am able to provide you with the following tips/guidelines:
Before you order
- Never order a roller if it’s priced really cheap. Be careful with these $1 rollers on eBay a reader asked me about once.
- Buy from a reputable company, not some desolate online shop.
Never take what a shop says about its roller for granted. It may be true, it may be a lie.
Google the site/company name and try to find the opinions and experience of other people with that shop but not just the shop but also the specific roller model you’re considering ordering.
- Be extra careful with unbranded rollers. If a site claims that they make their own rollers or “at the same factory that makes…” – it is something suspicious.
After Ordering & Receiving
OK, so these were tips about how to avoid buying a bad roller in the first place, but what if you ALREADY BOUGHT one and want to determine if it’s a good, safe one?
It’s hard to tell the difference between a fake and an original, but few signs can quickly hint a low quality/fake roller:
- Examine the needles. Are they completely aligned with each other? Are they all the same size/length? If not, or if you see a bent needle, dispose the roller immediately.
- Examine the box. If the cover has no logo, or if the logo doesn’t match the roller inside, be very suspicious. Who is the manufacturer? Ask whoever sold it to you and go to #3.
- Look up the manufacturer. For example, if your roller’s package says ‘clinical resolution USA’, google their name and get to their site, then look for things to look for in the roller to confirm its authenticity.
(for this specific example, visit http://www.hikari.co.il/roller/roller.html, click the second tab from the left and you will see pictures of how an AUTHENTIC roller must look like).
Have you received a fake roller? Share your experience with me and warn other people!
Found an honest shop that sells good rollers for a fair price? I’d like to hear about that too!