Derma Roller & Beard: Microneedling Boosts Circulation

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The derma roller is an interesting little device. It’s a handle with hundreds of tiny little needles that you use to roll on your skin to boost the production of collagen and keratin.

Many men are curious whether this kind of micro-needling device such as the patented derma roller can be used for natural facial hair growth stimulation.

The answer is, theoretically yes. Derma roller can be safely used for the beard area and it should result in increased facial hair growth, especially when you also apply minoxidil to the beard.

How Derma Roller Increases Beard Growth Rate?

vellus hair to terminal hair transitionDerma rollers and other microneedle devices are most commonly used by women to soothe out wrinkles in the face to prevent and remove rosacea and acne scarring.

The mechanism of action is simple:

  1. The small needles of the derma roller puncture the skin.
  2. The body recognizes this damage and begins the healing process.
  3. Circulation improves, nutrient & hormone-rich blood rushes to the beard area.

Now, since collagen and keratin are both necessary components of the actual facial hair that stems from the follicles, and the androgenic hormones (testosterone and DHT) fuel the growth, it would make logical sense that this could result in increased rate of natural beard growth; making your beard thicker over time.

I would go as far as saying that micro-needling combined with few other beard growth hacks, belongs to the top 10 methods of fixing patchy beards.

Many men have anecdotally reported great improvements with derma rolling on facial hair as well as scalp-hair, and according to many, it seems to work even better with the application of minoxidil solution.

There’s also been a study concluded on derma rolling the scalp1, in which the researchers write;

“Microneedling works by stimulation of stem cells and inducing activation of growth factors.” – Int J Trichology. 2013

What Type of Derma Roller is Best for Face?

derma rollerSince the skin of the face is not very thick, a derma roller with a needle length of 0,25-1mm should do the trick.

That depth should be well enough to puncture through to the area of the hair follicle and stimulate circulation, keratin, and collagen production.

We at Beard Resource recommend this cheap but sturdy 0,25mm derma roller. It’s perfect needle length for facial hair growth and solid enough to last for a lifetime.

If you want to get all professional and needle with extreme precision, you can invest a bit more and get rollers with different size heads, etc.

How to Use Derma Roller for Facial Hair?

how to use derma roller for beard growth stimulation

Microneedling is very easy. 

1-2 times a week, go through your entire face area in multiple directions with the roller. If you’re using minoxidil in conjunction with the needling, wait for 12-hours before applying the Minox solution to prevent systemic absorption to the rest of the body via increased blood flow.

To grow more beard on the cheeks, make sure you microneedle that area most.

The reason most men can grow a beard on cheeks and upper lip – but not on their cheeks – has to do with them having much weaker circulation than the area around your mouth.

How to Supercharge the Results of Micro-Needling

opened supplement capsuleThere are three things you can do to absolutely skyrocket your beard growth rate when combined with micro needling.

First thing is consuming possibly one of the most potent of the beard growing foods out there; gelatin (collagen).

And the easiest way to do this is simply to dissolve some gelatin powder into water and gulp down.

Collagen is one of the key proteins that gets shuttled into your beard follicles after using the Derma Roller, you want to make sure you actually have it available in your body.

The second thing is minoxidil (Rogaine). It’s an FDA-approved prescription-free hair loss drug with minimal side effects.

As to be expected, minoxidil works for beard growth; as demonstrated by hundreds of anecdotal before-after images and one clinical study where it was specifically used on facial hair.

The third thing is using a carnitine supplement. It has been shown in two human studies that carnitine can directly activate the human androgen receptors in the skin and muscle tissue; making carnitine one of the most powerful beard growth-boosting supplements available (and also one of the least well-known).

Why is that important? Well, the androgenic hormones (testosterone and DHT) need to bind with the receptors before they can trigger facial hair growth in the body, in most men who can’t naturally grow facial hair, the receptors may not be sensitive enough to respond to these hormones.

(Asians and Native Americans have weak androgen receptors genetically, which is why those populations tend to struggle with facial hair growth).

Conclusion on Derma Roller and Facial Hair

Derma rolling is a cheap and easy method of stimulating beard growth by boosting circulation, keratin, and collagen production.

It has been scientifically proven to work on scalp hair1 and should work in a similar manner to the hair of the facial area. Anecdotal reports from many forums support this too.

The Derma roller we recommend for facial hair growth is a sturdy 0,25mm device and for best results, micro needling should be combined with minoxidil.

Dhurat R, Sukesh M, Avhad G, Dandale A, Pal A, Pund P. A Randomized Evaluator Blinded Study of Effect of Microneedling in Androgenetic Alopecia: A Pilot Study. Int J Trichology. 2013;5(1):6-11.


  1. I have heard of this device being used for beard growth but never had the chance o know how it works, this has just elaborated it all for me. Thanks