Derma Roller’s Side Effects
Derma roller is quite an amazing beauty tool, especially for skin regeneration. Derma roller treatments reduce fine lines, stretch marks, facial scars, hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles and sun damage. Also, they boost absorption of topical, skin-care products.
However, the question raised often by most individuals is whether or not derma roller treatments pose any side effects. Below, we’ve undertaken to explain what you should expect with using derma roller.
It’s always advisable that one looks into potential side effects of any therapy or treatment they’re interested in. Although most of those commonly used have already established their safety, it’s not uncommon to come across popular treatments carrying various potential side effects. Ultimately, using a derma roller device isn’t any different. However, as we’ll prove below, properly using a derma roller for microneedling has very minimal side effects, when properly used.
Derma Rollers Side Effects (And How to Avoid Them)
Potentially, the most serious derma roller micro-needling’s side effect is infection.
Dark-skinned persons can especially have temporary hyperpigmentation, commonly due to premature exposure to the sun immediately after derma rolling.
There’re several potential post-derma rolling effects which aren’t really that bad. They’re relatively common, and play part in most individuals’ natural skin response, depending on genetic factors and circumstances. Examples of such include irritation, redness and red spots appearing.
Most of these side effects are very individual, with some people being more prone to them than others. Among the few adverse effects of derma rolling is the rolling-over inflammatory skin conditions, such as Rosacea. Although such are easily avoidable, derma rolling may worsen such inflammation.
Most bad side effects of derma rolling aren’t solely the result of derma rolling itself, but also carelessness when applying certain products immediately after derma rolling. Some individuals barely realize that derma rolling greatly allow skin products to penetrate into the skin. Thus, in case the product had any side effects, derma rolling even increases them.
A common, harmless derma rolling’ side effect is the skin drying up and turning rough for some few days after micro-needling. The denser the needling and the longer the needles used are, the more severe the roughness and dryness will be. Basically, the skin is being renewed, and although it may turn out slightly uncomfortable, it’s perfectly normal.
Single-needling may lead to bruising, especially if your skin is very thin. (This can be avoid by starting with shortest micro needle heads like the 0.5mm derma roller) The thickness of one’s skin is dependent on age, gender, individual genetics, as well as skin location. You should ensure to adjust the penetration depth and/or needle length accordingly. Single-needling the ice-pick scars may temporarily enlarge them, as they start out narrow and deep, but micro-needling collapses their walls and make them relatively shallower and wider.
If using the derma roller accurately according to the provided instructions, then the only side effects you’d expect are some slight skin reddening after each treatment. This can be treated easily using quality sunscreen lotions or skin creams. The most you’d feel during treatment is a little tickling sensation.
It’s normal for the skin to redden after needling, especially with longer needles. You’ll, at times, notice some redness even the next day. On looking closely at your skin, you’ll notice small traces of needle punctures, without any visible wounds. Usually, the skin tone will normalize back in few hours, if not sooner.
Sometimes, you’ll experience some itchiness. Though rare, you can develop skin rashes with raised, itchy bumps/hives. That may occur especially due to hypersensitivity, and in such cases, it’s best to consult your doctor.
Make sure to maximize coverage and not irritate your skin by rolling back and forth, with moderate pressure. Don’t drag your face with any unnatural movement of the derma roller. Shouldn’t the roller roll properly, chances are that you’ll have scratching. Avoid rolling forcibly since it may lead to prolonged irritation, inflammation and recovery time.
Safety When Dermarolling
Dermarolling may be used on any kind of scars, except keloid scars. If you’re prone to keloids, though rare, you may develop huge scars a short time after vaccination or a bug bite. However, derma rolling may still make the scar better, but theoretically, it could trigger collagen growth which would in turn make the keloid grow. As a test, you may needle just a small part of the keloid if you wish to try out anyway.
It’s essentially important to clean and properly disinfect the derma roller after use, which will in turn, help avoid bacterial growth. Comparatively, it’s less important to disinfect your skin, as it’s to disinfect your derma roller after using it.
Derma rolling/micro-needling can’t be used on the upper eyelids, or even right below one’s lower eyelashes’s line. Failing to heed as advised leads to the risk of potential eyeball injury.
You’re highly advised to observe absolute care with products such as Hydroquinone (for skin lightening), Minoxidil (for hair growth) and acidic products (e.g. acid peels). Ascertain to start slowly, and gradually apply more in the following session only if need be and there’re strictly no problems.
And you need to buy your derma roller in a FDA Registered Facility to insure the quality of the materials and the manufacturing of the roller heads.
Skin Care After Micro-Needling
The redness noted after derma rolling can be covered with a tinted moisturizer or mineral make-up. This will allow you to immediately resume normal activities, if needed. It’d also be much wiser to apply good, reliable sunscreen before heading out. Recommendably, you should try avoiding direct sun-exposure, and tanning beds for some while.
When to Avoid Derma Rolling
There’re certain precautions one should ensure to take. For example, there’re some conditions that you shouldn’t do micro-needling with, unless you’ve profesional supervision. Such include:
– If you’ve abnormal skin conditions such as cold sores, bruised skin, eczema, contagious skin conditions, fungal infections, skin cancer, rashes or keloid scars.
– If you’re under medication. You shouldn’t treat your skin at home if taking medications such as accutane, antibiotics, herbs regulating your body functions, antidepressants, medications causing photo-sensitivity and high blood pressure’ drugs. Consulting the doctor before derma roller treatment is highly recommended.
– If you’re undergoing cosmetic treatments, including chemical peels, laser, cosmetic surgery, botox, filler injections and cosmetic surgery. It’s necessary that one waits till the skin recovers fully.
Proper derma rolling gives you all numerous wonderful benefits it has been specially designed to provide. Always ensure to read and comprehend all Derma Roller’s and Dermarolling instructions availed in order to have the ultimate experience. Remember, among the most safest things to do if having concerns about your skin’s health, is consult your doctor regarding your worries.
Should you use the derma roller improperly, for example, too regularly or applying too much pressure, then there’ll be risk of bleeding. Ensure to keep the roller suitably away from your mouth and eyes, where your skin is very sensitive and soft for the treatment.
Observe to take time and maintain light pressure whilst making use of the roller. You may use a numbing cream to help avoid discomfort, especially if you’re using the roller more firmly, but once a week.
Please, don’t use the derma roller if it poses any risk of damaging your skin or health, unless directed so or being treated by your doctor.