Is it Safe to Use Derma rollers on the Genital Areas?

Is it Safe to Use Derma rollers on the Genital Areas?

Genital areas such as vulva and penis are not exempted from having skin lesions. There are some, who may observe some bumps or lumps in the area. Unfortunately, some may have genital warts
and other skin lesions like herpes and so on. While others have concerns about wrinkling of the skin or hypopigmentation in the genital area, hence they are wondering whether dermarolling could help.

Probably, you may be one of them who have heard a lot of good things about derma rolling. How effective it is in treating various skin disorders at a low cost. It can treat common skin disorders such as acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines, and various types of scars. It is also used for skin rejuvenation and transdermal drug delivery of topical agents.

Even if you are just an average income earner, you can afford to have this treatment because it is cheap yet very effective. One of the interesting questions asked in the forums is – if it is safe to use derma rollers on the genital area like in the labia majora or in the penile area?

Derma rolling is not advisable to use in genital areas because of the sensitivity of the skin tissues and the anatomical location of the glands such as oil glands in labia majora which is called sebaceous glands and Bartholins and Skene’s gland in labia minora. In fact, health experts strongly advice not to use dermarollers on the following areas:

  • Nipples
  • Genitals
  • Eyelids
  • Lips
  • Any area inside the body
  • Never be used by women who are pregnant or nursing

Why it is not safe to use derma rollers on the vulvar area?

Before proceeding, it is first important to clarify some terms. When one used the term vulva, it means the external genitalia. When vagina is used it is referring to both the internal organ, which is the vagina and the external genitalia which is the vulva. The vulva or external genitalia include several organs such as the:

  • Labia majora or the larger lips of the vulva. It is the outer side where the pubic hair is
    found. The inner fold is smoother and hairless. It contains oil glands known as sebaceous
  • When you pull the labia majora apart, you will see the smaller lips of thin skin that
    surrounds the opening of the vagina this is what you called labia minora.
  • The Bartholin’s and Skene’s glands produce mucus and other lubricants are found on the labia minora. The labia minora is also dotted with oil glands.


The vagina on the other hand is a muscular tube that leads to the cervix, which is the opening of the uterus. The top layer of the vaginal tissue is a mucous membrane which is similar to the tissue found in your nose and mouth. The vagina has ridges and bumps on the surface which is called rugae. It is similar with pleats or folds of extra tissue which is used when the vagina is
relaxed. During childbirth or sex, rugae enable the vagina to expand.

Thus, it is not advisable to use derma rollers on the internal part of the genitalia or on the vulvar area, as well. If you are not very familiar with anatomy of the genital area, you may hit the small opening of the glandular areas. Using it inside is dangerous since it is lined with mucous membrane which may induce further bleeding.

More so, if you are not careful, there are bigger vessels near the genital area which is the femoral area. Women in their middle ages are at risk of having femoral hernia. If you are unaware of this condition, you may further aggravate the condition.

Having bumps and lumps in the vulvar area can be caused by various skin conditions like varicosities. These are swollen veins that may occur around the vulva. It occurs in about 10 percent of pregnancies and with aging. It appears as round swollen veins or bluish raised bumps around the labia majora and minora.

You may not have any pain episodes but it can cause itching, or you may feel heavy or it may bleed. There is no treatment necessary for pregnant women as varicosities resolves after six weeks of giving birth. But it can reoccur with the next pregnancy.

It is estimated that four percent of women will have varicosities during pregnancy. For a non pregnant woman, having varicosities can be embarrassing during intercourse. It can also cause discomfort when standing for longer periods. The recommended treatment for this is vein surgery.

This is why; it is not advisable to use derma rollers when you see any bumps or lumps in the vulvar area. Bluish raised bumps can be a varicose, which can induce further bleeding if you use dermarollers on the area.

It’s a No to use Derma rollers on the penis!

Genital warts are common lesions found in the penis and vulva particularly if the patient is engaging in unsafe or unprotected sex. Genital warts are caused by Human Papilloma Virus or
HPV. It is also known as Condyloma or penile or venereal warts.

It looks like skin-colored growth which is commonly located in the genital and anal areas. Genital warts tend to appear in cluster and it is also painless. If one is suffering from genital warts, they should be treated immediately before having sex because it is highly contagious.

One of the common questions asked in the forum is if it is safe to use dermarolling treatment in removing genital wart in the penile area. Dermarolling treatment is not used for removing genital warts. The treatment for genital warts include surgical removal of the skin lesion, or using cryosurgery or freezing off the warts with liquid nitrogen or with the use of laser treatment.

Dermarollers is Safe to Use Except on the Sensitive Skin areas like the Genitals

Dermarollers is a very good alternative treatment option in treating various skin conditions. It is generally safe, effective and very affordable. But there are certain limitations of the treatment. It is not advisable for the genital area simply because of the anatomical considerations. There are several glands that may get obstructed and or damaged, if you used derma rollers in the area.

More so, there are other recommended treatment options for skin lesions found in the genital area. Keep in mind that if you are not sure whether it is safe to use dermaroller on a particular area; don’t hesitate to call for professional help.

It is better to be safe than sorry!

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