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10 Side Effects Associated With Dermarolling And What To Do

Posted by Ann V. On 2016 Sep 5th

10 Side Effects Associated With Dermarolling And What To Do

While dermarolling is an effective way to improve skin appearance, it can pose side effects if performed in a wrong way or without precautions. Here we have rounded up such side effects trigger by dermarolling.

Dermarolling is a promising treatment for facial scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, sun damages and facial scars. It is done by applying a handheld roller studded with titanium needles to be rolled over the skin.

These needles puncture the skin which in turns activates the body’s healing process. It promotes the blood flow to the surface and gives skin a massage. In addition to that, it cleans out the pores and stimulates collagen production.

However, dermarolling is reported to cause side effects like hyperpigmentation, bleeding, pain, redness, dryness and rashes. The reason is pretty simple—dermarolling creates tiny wounds over your skin which are prone to bacteria, infection and other complication.

Most side effects aren’t caused solely by derma rolling itself, but also carelessness when applying certain skincare products immediately after the process. This is because dermarolling helps skin absorb the skin products. Therefore, if the products carry any side effects, dermarolling even maximizes the risk. Sometimes, you end up with bleeding and pain after using larger needles that should be used by the professionals.

If derma rolling is used according to the instructions, then the only side effect is slight skin reddening which heals on its own.

Here we have rounded up some common side effects associated with the dermarolling along with the ways to prevent them.

Skin redness:

Well, this is the most common and obvious thing you experience after dermarolling. The redness may last for the next days if you use large needle or roll the equipment aggressively. It should go away within a few hours.

You can reduce the redness by dermarolling just before going to the bed. This is because the skin is likely to restore its normal state following morning. Mineral makeup and redness can help you conceal the redness.

Roughness and Dryness:

Experiencing rough and dry skin is also normal, especially when you use longer needle length or put more pressure on the roller. Such symptoms may persist for a few days. Make sure to use a good moisturizer to avoid dry or rough skin.


Dermarolling makes skin vulnerable to inflammation, particularly with larger needles or firm pressure while rolling. It lasts a few hours. But avoid dermarolling if you have eczema or rosacea.

Sun Sensitivity:

Sun sensitivity is another concern most people have after undergoing dermarolling. Luckily, it is also a normal sign and goes away after some days. But you should avoid direct sun exposure or sun beds for a few days after dermarolling. You can use sunscreen in between treatments.


Pain is inevitable in dermarolling, given that it is done by penetrating your skin. How much you hurt is determined by the amount of needle length, skin sensitivity and your pain threshold. To minimize pain and discomfort, you can use a topical numbing cream like Dr.Numb®. A numbing cream desensitizes the pain receptors so that you don’t feel anything done to your skin. Make sure to read instructions related to the use of a numbing cream. Also consult your physician if you have any health condition.


Bleeding is also likely to occur as dermarolling is all about puncturing the skin. But it occurs with the larger needle lengths. Luckily, bleeding will stop after the process while blood stains are washed away with water. To avoid excessive bleeding, you should apply less pressure.

Skin Irritation:

You may end up with raised bumps or hives after having dermarolling over hypersensitive skin. It is better to see a physician in such scenario.

Worsening Acne Condition:

Dermarolling over acne and pimple is a big no.

Firstly, it may make your skin prone to blemishes as it damages acne. Then, it can spread the bacteria around your skin, making your acne condition even worse. If you still want to try dermarolling on your acne skin, avoid the areas with active acne.

Temporary Hyperpigmentation:

Dark skinned people are prone to temporary hyperpigmentation due to excessive sun exposure right after the process. Therefore, people with dark skin should avoid direct sun exposure and sunbeds after a dermarolling session.


This is the most serious side effect of dermarolling which is generally caused by unhygienic dermaroller. Make sure to clean and disinfect your derma roller after each use. Here’s how…

Lay the derma roller upside down in the plastic food container filled with warm water and washing liquid. Leave it for 10-20 minutes. Afterward, rinse the derma roller with hot water. This will remove blood stains and other debris over the roller. However, you also need to sterilize it. Therefore, use surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol. Transfer the surgical spirit into a spray bottle. Spray it over the dermaroller making sure that all the needles are covered. Or you can soak the dermaroller in a container filled with surgical spirit mixed water for up to one hour.

When Should You Avoid Using Dermaroller?

  • If you have abnormal skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, raised moles, warts, poor skin healing, skin infections, open cuts and wounds or scars.
  • Consult your doctor if you have health conditions associated with blood pressure, or you are taking medicines causing photosensitivity.
  • If you are undergoing processes like laser therapy, chemical peels, cosmetic surgery or Botox, you should wait until your skin achieves complete healing.
  • Don’t use derma roller on the upper eyelids or above the cheekbones as this may reach damage to the eyes.