What Is A Derma Or Beard Roller? Do They Work?

A flowing mane is the dream of most men. For many men and women, men that have a great beard are regarded as healthy, masculine, and virile.

Therefore, it is a mystery as yet unsolved as to why some men are blessed with an abundance of facial hair while others lack facial hair or they have uneven growth.

beard roller

If you have been fantasizing about having a great beard but feel let down by lady luck and genetics, we have some good news for you.

A beard roller could come to your rescue.

In this article, we’ll tell you all that is there to know about the beard roller and how it can help you to grow the beard of your dreams. Without further ado, let us jump right into it.

What is a Beard Roller?

what is a beard roller

A beard roller is a micro-needling device that is used on the face to increase the growth rate of facial hair and help men grow a natural beard. The beard roller is also known as a derma roller which is also used by women to lift wrinkles off their face, remove rosacea, and scarring from acne.

Why do beard rollers exist? What is the problem?

Well, the problem is simple to understand but tough to solve. More and more men nowadays want to grow a beard or even grow a yeard.

However, some of us are not able to do grow a nice beard because we have some patchy areas or our beards grow more on one side or because we have a scraggly beard, etc.

Here the beard rollers come in handy.

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The first beard roller came into existence in 1995. The purpose was for the treatment of facial scars.

Soon, it was discovered and studies prove that these rollers were beneficial for removing wrinkles as well as increase hair growth and decrease hair loss on the head and on the face.

Since derma rollers were already in use for women and it was thought of as a feminine product, marketers renamed it to beard roller to appeal to men.

While derma or beard rollers might be a relatively modern invention, the concept of micro-needling is nothing new and has been in use for thousands of years in Asian countries.

How does a beard roller work?

The mechanism of a beard roller works in the following manner. 

There are small (micro) needles on the beard roller that puncture the skin when it is rolled over the area.

The body sees this as injury and immediately rushes to repair the area.

This means an improvement in blood circulation and fresh blood with hormones and nutrients reach the area.

The final result is that collagen and keratin, along with androgenic hormones, fuel the growth of the new facial hair in the area.

While there are no scientific studies available to provide conclusive evidence about the effectiveness of this approach, many men have reported effective growth of hair on the scalp and the face with derma rolling and beard rolling.

How long does it take to see results?

This is not some wonder medicine that will give you immediate results, so you need to be patient. You can expect to see some real results within 3 to 6 months. 

Many people report seeing results within 6 months.

Bear in mind that since every human body is not the same, some people might see results very quickly (2 weeks) while others might require many months. Be patient and persistent.

The result that you have in mind or are looking for should be compared against the measure of what your beard looks typically like without the use of a beard roller.

This means that you should ideally take the photo of what the beard looks like before the usage of the roller and then another photo after 12 weeks of use.

How to use a beard roller?

You have purchased your first beard roller, but that is only half the battle won. You have your weapon; now you must learn how to use it.

If you have some semblance of a beard now, brush it.  Make sure that the hairs are not entangled in each other. There should be no tugging because of entangled hair.

Take your beard roller and run it through the hair on your face. Make sure that you do this process uniformly and thoroughly.

Repeat this process 2-3 times every week.

Make sure to use the roller on your facial hair in all directions. Move the roller up and down, left and right. Repeat this process over your entire beard multiple times.

This process ensures that your skin gets punctured evenly and thus giving the opportunity for consistent beard growth.

Best Beard Rollers

 Just like for any other products, you’re looking for value for money. You want a work that does what it promises to do.

You need to know the factors to consider when purchasing a beard roller. They are

1. Blade Composition

The beard roller needs to be made out of stainless steel or titanium. Stainless steel is preferred more because it is cheaper.   

Titanium is more durable, light-weight, does not decay and is less likely to break because of a fall.

2. Size of the needle

The size of a needle can go a long way to influence the results. Too big a size and you’ll risk bleeding, and too small a size might mean an inefficient way of going about things.

Let us tell you about the most suitable sizes of needles for a beard roller.

The ideal needle sizes are 0.25 mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm, and 0.7mm.

0.25 mm size means no pain or bleeding

0.3 to 0.5 mm size can cause minimal bleeding and slightly painful

0.75mm -1mm can cause excess bleeding and immense pain

A size of 0.25mm will be enough to induce blood circulation, but for collagen secretion and greater reach to the follicles area, needles of 0.5mm to 0.75mm will be more effective.

Rollers with needles of over 1mm are designed for professional use only and should be used by professionals only.

3. The Number on the Needle

Previously, there were rollers with only 200 needles that were spread out which resulted in the need for more rolling and lead to increasingly painful experience with each role.

The number of thin needles on your beard roller needs to 540. These 540 needles which are closely placed to each other are responsible for the production of extra collagen.

Because of their strategic placement, they enter the skin without causing much pain. This makes the process more fruitful minus the pain from previous models.

Which Are The Best Derma Rolers To Buy?


Is a beard roller safe to use?

Yes, a beard roller is safe to use as long as you’re using it according to the recommended instructions that come along with it.

How to clean a beard roller?

It is crucial to sanitize a beard roller after and before every use. The needles on the beard roller penetrate your skin and reach inside your face every time you use them. This means that there is a chance for bacteria to also go inside your body.

The easiest way to sanitize your beard roller is to use alcohol or sanitizer spray before and after every use. You can also use ultraviolet sterilization if you have the means for it.

Remember, there is no alternative to cleaning the beard roller. If you don’t want harmful bacteria to go inside your body, religiously cleaning your beard roller is a must.

How often should I use a beard roller?

It depends on the size of the needle that you’re using. The 0.25 mm needle can be used daily. The beard rollers with 0.5 mm needles can be used only once per week. While the beard rollers with 0.75mm pins should be used only once per week.

Can derma rollers be used on head?

Good question.

Yes, Derma rollers can be used on the head to stimulate growth in the hair follicles, cell turnover, and scalp circulation.

However, it is best to keep in mind that needle lengths of 0.25mm and 0.5 m are the best for the job.

Needles above 0.75mm can cause discomfort and lot of redness on the scalp. The punctures also take more time to heal.

In case of 0.25 to 0.5mm derma rollers, the punctures are superficial, and they heal overnight.

How much pressure should I apply?

You should apply gentle pressure on your face when using your beard roller.

You should remember that micro-needling is not supposed to be a painful process. If you feel excessive pain, please stop immediately and proceed further only after taking medical advice. 

What are the risks of using a beard roller?

There are no such risks associated with the use of a beard roller other than the hygiene aspect.

Keeping the roller sanitized and sterilized will protect you from falling ill.

How To Clean A Derma/Beard Roller?

Use a dedicated toothbrush to remove the dead skin and then dip it in isopropyl alcohol. Then let it dry.


So, at the end of the day, do beard rollers really work? The answer is yes but only for those people who are willing to put in the time and be patient. 

Also, please understand that genetics will have a say in whether you can grow a beard, or the length of your beard will be.

If you are expecting some miracle cure or sudden bushy beard growth, that is not going to happen. Remember, we told you so.

Temper your expectations and be patient. You’ll see positive results.

Beard rollers are one of the many things you can do to increase your beard growth rate. Other things have to do with exercise, eating the right foods to keep testosterone levels as high as naturally possible, daily beard care and more.

The final step before you try the transplant is trying Minoxidil but only after you visit your doctor. I cant stress this enough.

And that’s it for today’s article. I really hope you found it really useful cause we tried our best to help you.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to let us know in the comment section below and we will be more than happy to help.

Until next time,

Stay safe and….Let it grow!


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