Beard Rollers: Can They Help With Facial Hair Growth?
Beard Rollers: Can They Help With Facial Hair Growth?

Derma rollers have been used to address various skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation and scarring. A beard roller is a tool consisting of a cylinder-shaped head spiked with tiny needles attached to a handle that you roll across parts of your face. This results in very small punctures to the skin layer, which have been found to stimulate the skin’s natural formation of collagen. Use of this tool has evolved from being used exclusively as an in-office procedure with your dermatologist or aesthetician, to an at-home treatment available from retailers like Amazon.

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A more recent development in the realm of derma rolling is the beard roller. Some claim has the effect of stimulating beard growth and with a seemingly ever-growing trend among men of having lush, full beards—role modeled by professional athletes like Brian Wilson of the LA Dodgers, or actors like Brad Pitt or Chris Hemsworth—it’s no wonder why the tool has gotten a lot of attention lately. But does the science back up the claim? We tapped three experts for their thoughts.


  • Dr. Dennis Gross is a board-certified cosmetic and medical dermatologist at Dr. Dennis Gross Dermatology.
  • Dr. Ryan Turner is a board-certified dermatologist at Turner Dermatology.
  • Dr. Rachel Maiman is a board-certified dermatologist at Marmur Medical.

What Are Beard Rollers?

Dr. Dennis Gross, a Board Certified Dermatologist in New York explains that beard rollers are just another name for an at-home microneedling devices. It is essentially a hand-held device that has a roller with a lot of small needles on its surface—similar to the average derma roller, but with a larger head. According to Dr. Rachel Maiman, a board-certified dermatologist practicing at Marmur Medical in New York, “Beard rollers are simply a derma-planing device. They implement the same mechanics but are intended to stimulate hair growth.”


How Do They Work?

“When [a beard roller] is rolled over the skin, it creates tiny puncture wounds,” says Dr. Gross. “The objective of these puncture wounds is to signal an injury response in skin, which increases collagen production—key to healthy hair growth. It can be used to deliver active ingredients that plump, hydrate or stimulate collagen.”

Dr. Maiman adds that the idea of using beard rollers to stimulate hair growth is based on evidence that suggests microneedling promotes growth of hair on the scalp.

Can They Help With Beard Growth?

Dr. Ryan Turner, a board-certified dermatologist practicing in New York tells us that “There is some data suggesting the benefits of microneedling in scalp hair loss, but it has not been studied in beard growth.” He goes on to say that anecdotal reports suggest that derma rolling may positively effect beard growth.

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