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How Often Should You Replace Your Dermaroller?

How Often Should You Replace Your Dermaroller?

If you're over 30 and using a dermaroller at home for anti-aging, scar reduction, or general skin rejuvenation, one of the most crucial things to understand is that you cannot keep re-using the same dermaroller for months on end. Those tiny needles get dull, bent, and accumulate buildup much faster than you may realize, even if it's tough to see with the naked eye.

I get asked constantly - "How often should I really be replacing my dermaroller?" The honest answer is - replace it way more frequently than you might expect. Any reputable dermatologist or skincare expert will give you the same advice.

Here's why you absolutely must replace your dermaroller on a regular basis: With every single use, the tiny needle tips start degrading. They become dull and bend out of shape. Dead skin cells and debris build up on the needle tops.

While this wear-and-tear is difficult to see with the naked eye, under a microscope the damage is stunningly visible even after just a few uses. I've included some up-close images showing the dramatic difference between a brand new, razor-sharp dermaroller needle and one that has been used 6 times. The once fine, perfectly pointed tip is now clearly dull, bent sideways, and coated in gunky buildup.

Using a dermaroller with needles in this degraded condition can do way more harm than good to your skin. Instead of helping renew and rejuvenate, you could be causing unnecessary trauma, irritation, potential scarring, longer healing and recovery time, and zero actual benefits. Precisely sharp, undamaged needles are absolutely essential for microneedling to be safe and effective.


While dermarollers may be designed as single-use, disposable items just like needles at a medical office, I understand cost can be a factor for at-home use. However, trying to cheap out and stretch the life ridiculously long is a critical mistake that puts your skin at serious risk. It is not worth the permanent damage trying to save a few bucks.

From years of personal experience and conversations with skincare professionals, I'd recommend replacing your dermaroller after using it for no more than 10 times.

I know there is misinformation online from unqualified sources claiming you can use the same dermaroller for 3-4 months or even longer. This is incredibly reckless and unacceptable advice that can really mess up your skin's health and appearance as you get older. Don't risk it!


In addition to frequent replacements, you must also take proper care of your dermarollers between uses:

  • Never let the needles touch any hard surfaces that could instantly bend, dull or damage them
  • If you accidentally drop your dermaroller, even if it looks okay, stop using it and replace it. Microscopic bends are invisible but can still tear skin.
  • Always thoroughly disinfect your dermaroller before and after each use.

Your facial skin and appearance is something you cannot replace as you age. Don't take any risks by trying to over-use or improperly maintain dermarollers in an attempt to save a few dollars. Proper dermaroller replacement is absolutely essential for safe, effective microneedling results in your 30s, 40s, and beyond.

Thank you for reading, till next time my Amber Babies! Please don't forget to subscribe and follow me on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok 🥳

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