Derma Roller Review: Dr.Roller

When I look back at when I first started reading about derma roller and looking for a review, I remember that for some reason, it was very clear to me, right from the start, that my first roller would be a Dr. Roller. There just seemed to be a wide consensus that this is as good as rollers can get.


But is it really the best derma roller out there for home use? And is its price really justified? I have read a couple of derma roller review in the past, and here’s my own review of this roller after actually using them for some time.


In this review, I will try to answer these questions.


Dr.Roller: Derma Roller Review


Packaging: When you open the outer package you find a sturdy rounded white plastic box made of two units. I can easily close the box by placing inside the narrower box within the unit.


Within the box, the roller is sealed in another protective plastic box, the kind you need to peel a carton off of to open (that’s good because it assures you that the roller is new and unused). The drum itself is tightly fixed in a uniquely-shaped transparent plastic cover that keeps the micro needles from touching anything but thin air. It’s a very elegant solution because it allows you to place the roller however you want without worrying that the needles might be damaged.


Handle: The ergonomically sculptured handle is the best I’ve seen in any roller. You can hold it without your hands getting tired, and I find it convenient to be able to place my index finger on the piece of plastic just near the drum as I roll for better aim and to better control the amount of pressure I wish to apply.



Needles: Medical-grade stainless steel is used to create the needles, and while Dr. Roller is not the only brand with this type of needles, I find that they are a lot finer than in all other models I’ve tried.


Now, this may sound negligible, but in my opinion, it’s really not, and I’ll explain why: One major benefit of skin needling is that it enables you to keep the external layer of your skin intact. In fact, if there were a way to somehow reach the deeper layers of the skin without first going through the epidermis, this would be ideal.


But since such magic does not (yet?) exist, and we are forced to make our way through the skin, it makes sense that we should aim for the tiniest needles possible, creating punctures as microscopic as we possibly can. Last but not least, smaller needles mean LESS PAIN, and in my experience, Dr. Roller is definitely less painful than all other rollers I’ve used!


The needles are uniquely arranged in a cross-line formation – I guess this is supposed (at least in theory) to better ‘spread’ the tiny punctures the needles make as you roll (I personally don’t see how it should matter much if the needles are parallel or not…but I’m no expert).


Needless to say, the needles come gamma sterilized (Moohan, the company that makes these rollers, claim that they use the sterilization method available). Also, Dr. Roller is possibly one of the few rollers that are genuinely FDA certified.


Bottom Line: I have nothing bad to say about Dr. Roller. I now own 4 Dr. Rollers in different lengths (0.5 – 1.5mm) and I am very happy with them. Even the first one I bought is still good to use and I don’t feel that I need to replace it yet.


Especially if you have never used a roller before and keen on giving it a try, I suggest that you start with a Dr. Roller. Otherwise, you are not really giving skin needling a fair chance and might be a little disappointed.


They say quality comes with a price, but in this case, this price is not even that high. You can easily find an authentic Dr. Roller for less than $60.

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20 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Are the prices on the Dr. Roller Shop in USD? If not, how is the currency converted to USD? Thanks!

  2. homeroller says:

    Yes they are USD.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi I really like your blog, it’s very informative. I’d like to use the dermaroller on my face, but do I still need to wait for my pimples to dry before rolling?

  4. homeroller says:

    As far as I know, a derma roller shouldn’t be used on active acne. If it’s scarce, though, then I guess you could roll just the clear areas.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Nice blog! Just curious, is the 10% discount available to other countries?

  6. homeroller says:

    Yes, as long as you type the coupon ‘homeroller’ on checkout you will get the 10% discount 🙂

  7. Anonymous says:

    Do you mean keying “homeroller” under the Coupon section in the checkout which prompts us to “Apply Coupon”?
    I’ve tried but there’s an error saying the coupon could be invalid.
    Any idea if the coupon is still working?

  8. homeroller says:


    I’ve contacted the website and they said there had been a problem with the coupon but that it has now been fixed, so I suggest you try again.

    Thank you for notifying me about this!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for resolving the problem!
    I’d bought the rollers with the 10% discount, anxiously waiting for the rollers to be delivered.
    Thank you so much

  10. Anonymous says:

    The link to the shop isn’t working. Can you please post the web address? Thanks

  11. Anonymous says:

    thanks for the coupon, looking forward to trying this for general anti-aging!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much for the above information and coupon, I’m looking forward to using my new roller. This treatment looks fantastic, I’m delighted I don’t have to shell out €300-400 to get it done professionally!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Are you supposed to sterilize it?

  14. homeroller says:

    @Anonymous: The roller comes pre-sterilized, but occasionally you need to soak it in 70%+ alcohol for a few minutes. I also put mine under hot water before and after every use, and spray it with 95% alcohol and let it dry before storing it.

  15. Anonymous says:

    i was on the Dr-roller-shop website ready to purchase a DR Roller, but noticed there was a ZGTS stretch mark treatment kit. Would you recommend using the kit as a first timer for stretch marks or am I better off purchasing just the DR Roller dermaroller? I’m going to be using this all over my stomach! =/

  16. homeroller says:

    From the products in this kit I only personally tried the ZGTS roller and numbing solution, but the other products also make sense.

    I always recommend Dr.Roller but for stretch marks ZGTS is a good alternative and is cheaper.

    Let me know how it goes ! 🙂

    • Anonymous says:

      hello, i just wanna ask. what are the steps and treatment that are needed on removing the scar?? I also have a simple dark scar in my legs and i want to use derma-roller so that my scar will disappear but the problem is i don’t know how to use it step by step and the medicine or treatment that i’m going to apply on my scar. will you plz help me on how to use it??

      • homeroller says:

        Hi, I used my serum on the scar, but I’m sure there are other solutions and serums. You need to use a 1.0mm or 1.5mm on the scar every week or so, and in between treatments apply vitamin C whenever possible (to peel & lighten the color). Try to not expose the area to sunlight.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hi, Im thinking of buying the 0.5mm dr.roller to get rid of some acne scars on my cheek that are rather annoying and am worried about one main thing…sterilization! I have read stories where people have gotten severe skin damage due to improper sterilization and am scared about that the most. Can you buy the 70% and 95% alcohol at local drug stores? if not where do you find them…also does it work if I boil the roller? I have heard of some people boiling the roller to kill the bacteria but others have said that it can damage the roller and possibly cause an infection…w

    would like to hear your wisdom…

    ;3 Thanks!

  18. homeroller says:

    Hi, I never heard of anyone getting skin damage from dermarolling, especially not due to improper sterilization… I personally never had this problem. You can buy 70% and 95% alcohol at any drug store. The procedure is this: Run the roller under hot water, then soak in alcohol for a few minutes, let dry completely, put back in container. The next time you wanna use it just run the roller again under hot water before rolling, and after that repeat the cleaning procedure. Remember that bacteria doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. Keep your environment clean, don’t let the roller come into contact with any dirty surfaces, these are basic things. If you do that you don’t need to worry.