Skin needling otherwise known as derma rolling is carried out by rolling a tool with about a hundred micro needles over the surface of the skin. This action results in thousands of small puncture wounds in the skin which triggers it to go into healing mode. In an attempt to heal the puncture wounds the skin will generate new elastin and collagen which are used to improve skin conditions such as sun damage, wrinkling, stretch marks and cellulite. Collagen and elastin are also great for improving the skin’s elasticity and overall texture.

For people with sensitive skin, it is advisable that before commencing the treatment you put some cosmetic grade anesthetic cream on the area. Once the treatment is completed, the area will feel slightly tender and look as though you’ve been out in the sun for too long. For the first forty-eight hours after treatment you want to ensure that you only use the gentlest cleansers and creams on the affected area. Five days after your derma rolling session you will hardly notice any signs of the treatment. If five days seem a bit too long for you, there are some serums on the market that are used to help quicken the skin’s recovery period while enhancing the results.

When to Expect Results

New collagen takes weeks to be produced, so you may start noticing your first signs of improvement between weeks six and eight after the treatment. In order to achieve the very best results, it is recommended that skin needling treatment be done every 6-8 weeks.

Are there any Side Effects?

Yes, there are some potential side effects that are associated with derma rolling. Some of these side effects include:

  1. Skin redness which can last about a week after the treatment and be severe enough to cause you to stay home from work.
  2. The skin may become and remain swollen for several days after the treatment.
  3. For the first twenty-four hours after the skin needling session you may experience oozing from the skin and a dressing may need to be applied during this time to assist with this issue.
  4. You may experience a temporary breakout of acne after the treatment.
  5. If you get a cold sore break out during the healing period, this may result in the needled area becoming infected.
  6. There is a slight chance of a bacterial infection developing but this is extremely rare
  7. Scarring is also very rare since no skin is removed but some people do get small white spots on the area that was needled. This is however easily removed.

A Few Other Things You Should Know

  • Derma rolling is ideal for improving skin conditions like, acne, surgical scars and wrinkles especially on olive or darker skin tones with less risk of causing changes to the skin’s pigment like laser treatment does.
  • You can use a home derma roller kit for a gentler daily treatment option.


If you are trying to get pregnant, pregnant or breast-feeding you should not be doing skin needling. Other people who should not do derma rolling include people who have active acne and other similar skin conditions, those with autoimmune diseases and those who in the last six months have used prescription strength retinoid orally or topically.

See also the related skin treatment called microdermabrasion