Do Derma Rollers Work for Cellulite? Truth Unlocked!

Do derma rollers really work for cellulite, or is it just another beauty fad?”

As a self-professed beauty junkie, I’ve tested my fair share of promising products, derma rollers included!

Let’s dive into the world of microneedling and see if we can’t puncture some truth into this beauty claim.

So, grab your cup of tea, get comfy, and let’s roll into this fun journey of skin transformation together, shall we?

Key Takeaways

  • Derma rolling stimulates collagen and elastin production, which repairs the skin and reduces the dimpled texture. But it doesn’t eliminate cellulite.
  • Observe your skin’s reaction in a small area and ensure suitable treatment and needle size.
  • Regularly clean the roller to maintain its longevity and sharpness.
  • Combining cellulite serum, particularly vitamin A-based serums like retinol, can enhance the results.

How Do Derma Rollers Help Reduce Cellulite?

As an aesthetician, I often perform micro-needling therapy or derma rolling in clinics and beauty parlors. But you can also do it yourself at home.

It helps skin repair by forming healthier skin cells, thus improving cellulite. But how does this roller work exactly?

This handheld device has a specific number of microneedles. These needles create micro-injuries when they penetrate your skin, stimulating elastin and collagen production.

These proteins are vital in repairing skin elasticity by generating fresh cells.

This technique works when the roller gets to the dermis and thickens your skin. It’s like building a protective shield!

As your dermis strengthens and extends beyond the fat cells, it prevents dimples from appearing on the skin.

As your skin cells generate slowly, it takes weeks for the wound to heal completely.

Think of derma rolling therapy as a journey that allows the wounds to heal and your skin to thrive. Your skin will thank you for the love and care!

lady in a dermarolling session

Derma Rolling Tactics For Cellulite Retrenchment

Before using this therapy, let me share some techniques you should know and follow.

Note: If you’re new to this type of therapy, it’s best to start by applying it to a small area to observe your skin’s reaction.

This way, you can ensure that the treatment and needle size won’t cause any harm.

First, don’t forget to clean your roller regularly in hot water. Not doing it can cause an infection on your skin.

The more care you give it, the longer the roller will last and remain sharper.

Watch this video that explains how to clean your derma roller:

You might feel a bit nervous when using it for the first time. But trust me; it’s a breeze! You can easily do it yourself by following a simple 4-direction technique.

First, roll it upward and downward four times on your skin, then shift to the left and right sides, rolling four times as well.

Then do the same diagonally four times on both “top right to bottom left” and “top left to bottom right.” Remember to apply consistent pressure throughout each step.

Cellulite doesn’t vanish overnight, so regular sessions are crucial in achieving your desired results.

This uneven fat declines slowly, so it may take several months to a year to remove or reduce it. For better results, doctors recommend micro-needling once a week. But avoid doing it beyond that point.

Skin needling works better when you combine hydrating serum with it. Vitamin A-based serums work particularly well for cellulite problems.

They stimulate an increase in collagen and contribute to reducing dimpling.

One potent form of Vitamin A is retinol, often found in cellulite creams like Yeouth Retinol Cream. It can deliver effective and fast results.

The acidic condition of this cream may cause irritation and a burning sensation in some people. Always do a patch test before using any cream.

Also, retinol is contraindicated for pregnant and lactating women.

NOTE: Before trying these methods, you should contact your doctor to determine if any of the above or below is appropriate for your skin.

Does Any Needle Size Work the Same For Cellulite?

Derma rollers come in different sizes ranging from 0.2mm-3.0mm. But not all sizes are suitable for every type of cellulite formation.

lady using a derma roller

Knowing the form of cellulite, you are experiencing is necessary to determine the appropriate needle.

When the skin texture is slightly saggy and has less than four depressions, it is called grade 1 cellulite, the early stage. You can treat it with smaller needles.

If you have a draped skin pattern with more depressions, you have grade 2 cellulite.

Grade 3 cellulite is when the skin has many visible depressions and is very draped and saggy. This situation is considered severe, and anyone can see it.

Treat the first grade with a needle size of 0.5 mm and gradually increase the size according to your condition.

If your cellulite condition is at Grade 3, you may increase the size up to 1 mm. Some people can tolerate up to 1.5 mm, but it’s essential to consult a professional before using larger sizes to avoid potential damage.

Larger sizes come with increased risks, so caution is advised.

For micro-needling on the buttocks or thighs, a derma roller with 1200 needles and a size of 0.5 mm can be a good choice.

Also, a 0.25 mm-sized roller like the BeautyBio GloPRO Derma Roller is good.

What Not To Do With a Derma Roller?

As an aesthetician, I’m here to share essential tips on what not to do when using a derma roller:

lady using a derma roller on her face

  1. Don’t share your derma roller to prevent the spread of bacteria and infections.
  2. Avoid using a derma roller on broken or irritated skin. Give your skin time to heal before rolling.
  3. Apply gentle pressure and avoid rolling too aggressively to prevent irritation or bruising.
  4. Maintain hygiene by cleaning your derma roller before and after each use.
  5. Avoid using a derma roller on active acne breakouts or inflamed skin areas.
  6. Be cautious when using a derma roller on sensitive areas like the eyelids or lips.
  7. Consulting with a dermatologist or healthcare professional is extra important if you have specific skin conditions or medical concerns.
  8. Avoid intense workouts or sweating for at least 24 hours after derma rolling.
  9. Give your skin time to recover by avoiding exfoliation or using acids for at least 3 days after derma rolling.
  10. If you’ve exfoliated your skin harshly the day before, it’s best to skip derma rolling to prevent sensitivity.

Based on my experience as an aesthetician, these tips will help you take care of your skin while using a derma roller effectively.

Does It Completely Eliminate Your Cellulite?

Cellulite isn’t easy to reduce. The possible reduction percentage depends on your skin type.

Researchers have to go a long way to determine the exact effectiveness of this procedure.

We all dream of waving goodbye to cellulite forever, but complete eradication may be impossible. Derma rollers work for cellulite, but they won’t magically vanish.

They are a natural part of your body.

But you can still minimize the fat deposits and marks by having several sessions of this non-invasive cellulite treatment.

Besides collagen formation, it will brighten up your uneven skin tone, and you’ll have healthier and smoother skin.

Again, I must stress that you should consult your doctor before trying this treatment.


1. Does cellulite go away on its own?

No, cellulite does not typically go away on its own. It may require targeted treatments or lifestyle changes for improvement, like derma rolling.

2. What does derma rolling help with?

Derma rolling helps with various skin conditions, such as acne scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks. It can also promote hair growth, improve skin tone, and enhance the absorption of skincare products.

3. How much pressure should I put on my derma roller?

I apply gentle pressure without pressing too hard to avoid causing unnecessary skin irritation or damage when using a derma roller.

Final Thoughts

Derma rollers do work for cellulite and are a gift to cellulite-bearing people. I love it because it is easy to use as well as affordable.

If you are unsure about trying this effective treatment, I highly recommend it for tighter skin. But please go to a doctor first.

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