The Real Deal: Can Dermarolling Be Dangerous?

So, what is a dermaroll? Well, a dermaroll is a small roller that contains a hundred or more micro needles. The roller is used to stimulate collagen production, reduce the appearance of stretch marks, sun damage and scars, rejuvenate your skin and reveal healthy, smooth skin. Dermarolling can give your skin a youthful “glow.” During this cosmetic procedure, micro-needles (i.e.100 or more tiny needles) are used to penetrate the surface layer of your skin (i.e. epidermis).

One of the best things about dermarolling is that it does not actually remove the surface of your skin, unlike chemical peels. However, it is important to note the multiple needle pricks can cause mild bleeding. This treatment is especially beneficial for those wanting to reduce lip lines, repair skin wounds and produce collagen. This treatment has received mixed reviews in the treatment of acne scar removal. If you are wondering if dermarolling is dangerous – you have come to the right place. This article will tell you “the real deal” when it comes to the safety level of dermarolling.


Dermarolling is effective for the treatment of:

  • Laugh Lines
  • Deep Wrinkles
  • Fine Lines
  • Frown Lines
  • Sun-Damaged Skin
  • Uneven Skin Tones
  • Superficial Scars
  • Acne
  • Acne Scarring (in some cases)

Warnings & Side-Effects


Although there are several side-effects associated with dermarolling, the most significant one is infection. To avoid skin infections and bacterial growth, it is imperative that the roller be properly disinfected after each use. If you have a darker skin tone – avoid sun exposure immediately following the treatment. Premature sun exposure can lead to temporary hyperpigmentation.

Redness, Irritation & Red Spots

You may experience mild side-effects such as: redness, irritation and red spots, following dermarolling. These side-effects are primarily a result of your skin’s response to the tiny needles. It is important to note that not everyone will experience these side-effects, your skin’s response depends on a variety of factors such as: your skin tone, skin condition, genetics, and the products used. Thankfully, in most cases, the side-effects dissipate with continuous usage. In addition, avoid this treatment if you have an inflammatory skin condition like Rosacea because it can trigger or worsen your condition.

Keloid Scars

Dermarolling has received positive results in most cases of keloid scar treatment; however it can increase the size of keloids, in some people. It is important to note that keloid scars can advance past their initial boundaries and grow in various directions. Dermarolling can trigger or worsen keloid scars by stimulating collagen production. If you are unsure if you are prone to keloids, the best thing to do is ask your dermatologist or esthetician to test a small portion of your skin with a needle prick. If a pinkish/purple raised scar forms, then more than likely you are prone to keloids. In that case, use caution when undertaking dermarolling.

Upper Eyelid and Lower Eyelash Bruising

Another possible side-effect associated with dermarolling is upper eyelid and lower eyelash bruising. It is important to note that this treatment should not be performed on this part of your face because the skin in these areas is thinner than in other areas of your body. In addition, needling in these areas, especially around your lower eyelashes can lead to serious eye injuries. The thickness of your skin depends on various factors like: genetics, age, ethnicity, health and location.

Dryness & Roughness

Dryness and roughness can occur after a dermarolling procedure. In other words, long, dense needles can lead to dry, rough skin. It is important to remember that the purpose of this treatment is to restore and rejuvenate your skin, which may be uncomfortable, although it is quite normal. There is a slight risk of permanent sensitivity to sunlight and creams, but those side-effects are rare. Moreover, some people have reported skin sensitivity, rashes, skin irritation and peeling, following dermarolling.


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