Microneedling & Dermaroller FAQBlogija
What is microneedling and how does it work?
Microneedling is a non invasive procedure that involves using a dermaroller that has many fine, very sharp medical quality needles. The rolling action over the skin causes fine holes punctured into the deep layers of the skin.
This promotes your skins own healing mechanisms to stimulate new collagen growth, improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of scarring and fine lines.
How long does the dermaroller last?
Our dermarollers are very high quality, with the proper care and continual use, it will last approximately six to eight months. The needles will not wear out as much (as they are medical grade,) but with continual use they will eventually become blunt, just as an expensive razor would.
Does microneedling hurt?
The needles on the dermaroller and dermastamp are long enough to assist in the penetration of your skin care product, but will not damage the skin or scalp in any way.
After dermarolling is normal for the skin or skin or scalp to be a little sensitive and appear reddish (similar to sunburn).
Using dermaroller up to needle size 0.5 mm will not be painful. However if you plan using dermaroller with needle size 0.75 mm or longer we recommend numbing your skin before microneedling.
Different body areas are not with same sensitivity – facial areas tend to need numbing with smaller dermaroller needle length, other body areas like thighs may not require numbing.
Does microneedling cause color changes or hyper-pigmentation of the skin?
Discoloration is rare and may be occurring usually if very long needle size (1.5 mm and longer) dermaroller is used too frequently by causing inflammation in skin (permanent irritation & inflammation in skin is one possible cause factor for hyper-pigmentation).
Old collagen fibers break down as you roll, and if the skin tone is uneven, this may also look like changes in color in patches, but this is temporary. New skin color also comes to the skin naturally as you roll, such as healthy glow, as pores are cleaned out and new collagen grows.
If the discoloration of the skin makes you worried you can use Vitamin C based skin care products to brighten your skin for more even & glowing skin tone.
Does the dermaroller damage the skin?
No, there have been no reports of side effects with the roller. The dermaroller penetrates the top skin layer, where tiny needles form infiltration channels for a short time.
This does not remove the protective barrier of your skin – these tiny channels are closed in hours after the microneedling.
There is no permanent damage caused to the skin during microneedling. The micro-injuries created by the dermaroller will trigger your skin to renew itself, making your skin more healthy & youthful.
How should I use the dermaroller?
With your free hand hold the skin, putting it under some slight tension. Place the dermaroller on the skin and roll with a constant movement to the end of the skin area. Roll two or three times over the same spot back and forth over the skin and in different directions.
Do I need to disinfect dermaroller after every use?
Yes. It’s essential to keep your roller in a clean and disinfected condition.
1st Rinse dermaroller under hot running water for 1 minute.
2nd Place it gently (!) into cup filled with disinfecting alcohol (let it soak for 15 minutes).
3rd Take dermaroller out and place it on paper towel & let air dry.
4th Once air-dried, place dermaroller to storing box until next use.
Never share your dermaroller with another person due to probable cross contamination.
What type of disinfectant should I use?
You can buy a bottle of disinfectant / atleast70% alcohol from the first-aid section of your local supermarket or pharmacy.
Can I treat my face and arms with the dermaroller?
All areas of the face, neck, and body can be treated.
You shouldn’t use dermaroller only on your lips and eyelids (the skin there is very thin & you risk damaging your eye with dermaroller needles).
Can I use the skin roller on my face if I have active acne breakouts?
No, don’t use dermaroller in active breakout areas, it will make the acne spread.
I have used the dermaroller for the first time and it was alright on the first day, but now few days later I have red bumpy patches on my cheeks and forehead. It looks like I’m having a breakout of acne. Is this normal?
It sounds as though you have released toxins/old collagen fibers from below the surface of your skin, which is good of course. Just keep the area clean and do not use the dermaroller again until your face is clear.
In the meantime, use moisturizer to support the skin renewal process in your skin. The renewing skin cycle/new collagen regrowth takes typically about 4-6 weeks.
Can the dermaroller be used on broken blood vessels or spider veins?
Yes, you can use the dermaroller on veins close to the surface of the face and body. Microneedling helps to break up larger blood vessels. Dermaroller is like a rolling pin to which many, tiny, thin, acupuncture-like needles are attached.
You can use dermaroller to crisscross the dilated blood vessels – disrupting them like this promotes their disappearance. Healing is usually complete in a few days and treatments may be repeated at monthly intervals as needed.
What skin care products should I use after microneedling?
A dermaroller has hundreds of tiny micro-needles that create tiny punctures in the skin, pushing the pores open for a short period of time.
Right after microneedling you should apply the skin care products – now the active ingredients will be able to absorb deeper to skin.
If the active ingredients reach the lower layers of the skin, they’ll be able to be more effective when influencing your skin functions.
Select skin care products like facial mask, serum & moisturizing cream. These should enhance your skin functions whether they are sebum reducing, cell renewal, anti-aging, brightening or with any other purpose you have for microneedling.
How long does it take to see results with the dermaroller?
Microneedling results & skin healing results are very individual. It’s impossible to give a definite time frame for results. However, after microneedling, you will notice changes in your skin in first weeks after the treatment as the skin renews itself and collagen regrows.
Skin renewal triggered by dermaroller usually takes about 28 days to occur, in this time you should start seeing improvement in the appearance of your skin.
Visible skin improvement can continue for up to twelve months following a treatment series. Skin will appear firmer, more refined, smoother and more rejuvenated, and the luminosity of the complexion will improve.
What can I expect immediately following the microneedling?
The skin will be red and even a bit swollen, as it would in the case of severe sunburn. The redness begins to subside after a few hours. You can cover the reddened area with make-up 24 hours after treatment.
Can I use a dermaroller when breastfeeding or pregnant?
We don’t recommend using dermaroller in this special time of your life. When pregnant, lactating and breastfeeding, your body needs all of its vitamins to feed the baby. However, the production of new collagen uses some of these vitamins. Therefore, it’s best not to use the dermaroller at this time.
Do you need to be careful in the sun after microneedling?
Use minimum SPF15 sunscreen for atleast first weeks after every dermaroller use. We recommend using sunscreen at all times when leaving indoors to protect skin from harmful UV damage. Using sunscreen every day helps to keep your skin youthful & prevent aging.
Sunscreen is not just a beauty product, but it is a necessity for healthy and young-looking skin.
What skin conditions can be treated with dermaroller?
- Acne Scarring (especially depressed acne scars)
- Surgical Scars
- Wrinkles (especially around the mouth and crows feet)
- Improving skin texture and tightness
- Loss of skin pigment (hypo-pigmentation) as a result of scarring
Needling can be used on all skin types from light to dark skins.
What are dermaroller benefits?
Dermaroller doesn’t burn your skin (like IPL/laser), dissolve it (like chemical peels), or abrade and scrape it (like dermabrasion). Dermarollers gently stimulate your skin with very fine needles that encourages natural collagen production. Collagen is what your body produces to keep your skin healthy.
The skin needling also greatly increases penetration of skin serums and other applications that contain active ingredients to support your skin normal functions. Clinical studies from Europe, U.S. and South Korea have proven that dermarollers increases skin care products absorption by as much as 1,000 times.
Are there any clinical studies to back up the claims of microneedling?
Yes. Comparison clinical studies conducted by leading dermatological universities in South Korea have also shown that dermarollers are more effective in increasing the thickness of the skin than IPL and just as effective as ablative treatments (chemical peel, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing) and non-ablative machine-based treatments like CO2 laser, Fraxel, and Thermage.
Can dermaroller reduce hyper-pigmentation?
Dermarollers can help to inhibit hyper-pigmentation. This is where collagen induction can easily aid the skin without removing or damaging the epidermis. Several treatments however are required to even out skin tone and get rid of hyper-pigmentation.
Can dermaroller reduce open pores size?
Dermaroller help to reduce open pores size by inducing the skin to produce collagen which thickens the skin and tightens the surface & skin in enlarger pores area.
Can I use dermaroller if I have had fillers injected already in my skin?
Yes, but ask your injectionist when it’s okay to begin your microneedling treatments.
Who is not suitable for microneedling?
Contraindications and precautions include:
- Keloid or severely raised scars;
- Eczema, Psoriasis, active Acne, Rosacea, or other chronic skin conditions;
- Actinic (Solar) Keratosis;
- Diabetes (delayed wound healing);
- Presence of raised moles, warts, or lesions within treatment area;
- Herpes Simplex or Zoster infections (treatment can trigger breakouts).
Absolute contraindications include:
Scleroderma; Blood clotting problems; Collagen vascular diseases; Cardiac abnormalities; Immunosuppression; Active bacterial or fungal infections; Scars less than 6 months old;Facial Botox or fillers injected within the last 6 weeks.