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Choosing between a dermaroller and a dermastamp depends on what skin conditions you’re trying to treat and where. Rollers and stamps both have their advantages and disadvantages, and it’s best to choose with your own individual needs in mind rather than buying whatever comes up first!
Times when it’s better to have a dermaroller:
- You want to treat your whole face
- You want to treat large patches of stretch marks or loose skin on the body
- Your goals are anti-aging or preventative (rather than treating problem skin)
- You mostly want to increase absorption of a product
- You only want to buy one tool to use for everything
Times when it’s better to have a dermastamp:
- You want to improve pitted acne scarring but don’t want to treat the rest of your face
- You want to treat scars or stretch marks that aren’t close together
- You want to treat damage in a hard-to-reach area of the face (say, on your nose)
Dermarollers are more generally useful, but dermastamps really have their advantages for things like scarring around the nostrils or microneedling the nasolabial folds (those ‘marionette’ lines that run from your nose to the corners of your mouth). People who are motivated to treat those areas specifically may choose to buy a dermastamp as well in order to make sure that area’s being treated specifically, or select a set that includes rollers and a stamp* in order to have options.