Post Dermarolling Side Effects
While microneedling with a derma roller does produce great results for scars and wrinkles, there are also some side effects that we should consider. We need to be aware of its effects in order to understand what will happen after a treatment and what you need to do in order to achieve the most desirable results.
After a microneedling treatment is performed, there are some side effects from it. At first, you might experience a slight plumping effect of your skin after dermarolling. Approximately 48 to 72 hours after the treatment, you'll have an increase in collagen production. This leads to less appearance of both fine lines and wrinkles and increase in your skin's firmness. Your skin will look tighter and fresher after the first treatment.
There are also some things that you should do after dermarolling to avoid side effects. Make sure you don't use any skin products that aren't non-comedogenic or specifically designed to be used with microneedling like sunscreen, tanning lotion, makeup or any skincare products that may irritate your skin and contains toxic ingredients. After the treatment, do not use any alcohol-based products because they will make your skin feel dry. Another thing to remember is to avoid direct sunlight. If you used the 0.5 to 1.0mm roller, avoid direct sunlight for 2 to 7 days. Longer rollers 1.5 to 2.0mm will require over 1 week.
Here are some potential derma roller side effects.
1. The area will be red due to inflammation. This usually clears up within 24 hours when a 0.25mm roller is used but it could last for as long as 2 to 7 days with longer needles of 0.5 to 1.5mm.
2. Dry skin may occur due to lost of skin's moisture. Avoid using a skin toner after the treatment to avoid further irritation. Do not apply topical products with toxic ingredients such as hydroquinone.
3. You will feel that your skin becomes tender and tighter to touch. Do not pick your skin or use a facial scrub until your skin is fully recovered.
4. Your skin will take on a slightly reddish complexion.
5. After the treatment, you will be more sensitive to sunlight. This may last for several days which is why you should avoid direct sunlight.
6. The needles can spread bacteria to your face and may trigger an infection, that is why you need to disinfect your roller before using it.
7. In some cases, itchiness may occur, or skin rash with raised, itchy bumps (hives) that may occur due to hypersensitivity. If this happens, you'll need to see a doctor.