Learn About Derma Rolling Side Effects Before Treating Your Skin

While derma rollers are used in clinics, doctor's offices and even in the home, this skin treatment comes with some risks. When used properly you can expect to get smoother, tighter skin and a noticeable reduction in the appearance of your scars. As the original derma roller was designed by a leading scientist, it is recommended that you get the approval of your doctor before attempting to treat yourself.

There are no known permanent derma rolling side effects, however, you may notice some reactions to your skin. Some reactions are to be expected, but you should pay close attention to the way that your skin reacts so that you can take action if necessary. As long as you follow the instructions provided with your derma roller you should not experience any adverse results.


The most common side effect associated with derma rolling is pain. Because derma rollers are made up with dozens of rows of tiny metal needles, you may experience slight discomfort or even extreme pain during your treatments. There are topical solutions that can be used to numb the skin, but make sure that you do not apply them to any open wounds as this can cause complications.

Another way to treat the pain associated with derma rolling consists of showering directly after treatment. The use of warm water will help to increase circulation, thus helping your pores to close faster and speed up the healing process. Anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours after derma rolling you can expect the pain to cease.



You will likely experience inflammation in the areas that you derma roll. Most of the time, the treated areas will be red, raised and sensitive to the touch for at least a few hours, which is to be expected. Inflammation also indicates that you have derma rolled correctly.

While you should experience a moderate amount of inflammation in the hours following a derma rolling session, your skin should not be inflamed for more than 48 hours. If you notice that your skin is still red and puffy for more than 48 hours you should consult with your physician.



Hyperpigmentation is not a common side effect of derma rolling, but it does sometimes occur with people that have dark skin. Because derma rollers are used to treat virtually all types of skin related issues including scarring, the hyperpigmentation should clear up on its own. If you notice that your skin is still discolored and splotchy after a few weeks you can use your derma roller to expedite healing.

There are creams that can be used to treat skin discoloration, but you may not want to use them until you have completely finished your derma rolling treatments. In time, nearly all cases of hyperpigmentation clears up, but it can also be a sign that you are treating your skin too harshly. Try being more gentle the next time that you roll your skin and note the results.

Bleeding and scabbing

Many people that derma roll notice some slight bleeding, especially after rigorous treatments. As a result, small scabs can form. This is nothing to be alarmed by, in fact, it can be an indication that you are getting to through the epidermis. You can use topical creams such as neosporin to heal the scabs quickly.

Unless you are using your derma roller much too often you should not experience excessive bleeding. Derma rolling needles are very, very small, which means that you would have to make dozens of passes in order to cause an adverse effect to your skin. For the most part, the bleeding will be minimal to nonexistent and scabs will be barely noticeable.