Dr. Purvisha Patel, founder of Visha Skincare, is a board-certified dermatologist, MOHS and cosmetic surgeon, is also the owner of Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Associates. Dr. Patel shares her expertise on the usage of jade rollers.
It seems like everyone on Instagram is jade rolling without me. Everywhere I look, people are either talking about or showing themselves vigorously dragging what looks like a mini paint roller made of stone into the hollows of their cheeks and jawlines. “It’s de-puffing,” almost all of them justify. Others swear by jade rolling’s face-slimming and “natural” contouring benefits.
After passing by a crystal store the other day selling them for $29.99 and receiving countless DMs from people asking if face rolling really works, I sought to find some answers — or at least, some consensus. I talked to aestheticians, dermatologists, and face-rolling junkies to debunk or confirm some of the most frequently heard statements I’ve heard about jade-rolling.
Jade rolling also isn’t for all skin types. If you already have a lot of inflammation, or a skin condition such as eczema or rosacea, jade rolling probably isn’t for you. “You don’t want to increase more circulation than you already have,” says Rouleau. There also aren’t any scientific studies on jade rolling or the benefits of face massage. Studies — particularly the gold standard of scientific studies, double-blind studies — are expensive, and there’s no Face Massage Council that wants to sponsor them. But dermatologists agree that it’s not harmful, and even they do it in their private time. Dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare, Purvisha Patel says, “I only face roll when I have a lot of congestion or swelling in my face. After a late night out, a lot of salty food, if I have allergies or if I accidentally slept on my face.” So roll with the homies if you want to.