Aftercare Treatment for Dermarollers: 4 Helpful Tips That you Need to Follow

One of the most important aspects in dermarolling therapy is the aftercare treatment. In this period, you will be instructed on how to take care of your skin after having a microneedling or dermarolling therapy. Few of the patients who had this treatment experience some side-effects, so it is good to know what will you do, in case the same thing happens to you.

Aftercare treatment also gives you idea on what are the things that you should avoid to prevent any adverse effects. This post-treatment care involves:

  1. Dermatologic skin care advice
  2. Use of topical antibiotics, creams and other medications
  3. Use  of sun blocks lotion, creams and other products with SPF
  4. Other post-treatment care

Basically aftercare treatments are essential procedure that involves the use of various skin care products to improve the result of the treatment.

But First – What is Dermarolling Therapy?

Before proceeding, what is dermarolling therapy and why do you need to have an aftercare treatment?  Is it really needed?

Dermarolling therapy is a popular treatment that has been around for decades.  It is easy to perform procedure which is usually done in a doctor’s clinic or you can also buy a home care treatment kit.  It gained popularity because it is a cheap yet clinically proven effective in treating wide range of skin problems such as acne, scars, wrinkles, and other skin problems.

Microneedling or dermarolling therapy is also used for skin rejuvenation to keep your skin look younger and healthier. Clinical studies have shown that it is also effective for anti-aging therapy since it provide a more enhanced delivery of anti-aging products.  Dermarolling is used for transdermal delivery of topical drugs for a more efficient and faster result.

Recent studies have shown that it is now being used as anti-cellulite treatment to remove excess subcutaneous fat to help your skin look firmer, so you can flaunt your bikini beach body! There are also on-going studies that explore the possible use of dermarollers in other skin condition. As a matter of fact, it is also being used for hypertrophic scars, burn scars, and even in hair disorders.

During the procedure, a dermaroller is used to create micro-injury into the skin which is believed to induce the growth of new skin cells.  Dermaroller is a hand-held device with almost 192 fine microneedles embedded in the device. The microneedles have different lengths which serves a specific purpose.

The bottom line is dermarolling therapy uses microneedles to achieve a long-lasting therapeutic effect.

So are there any side effects? What is the role of aftercare treatment?


There are a few side effects noted in dermarolling therapy, these include:

  • Pain during the treatment procedure
  • Temporary erythema
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Regular patterned scarring for those who had acne scar treatment removal

So how does aftercare treatment, will reduce or prevent these side effects? Actually, the side effects of microneedling therapy are well tolerated by the patient. It doesn’t really cause that much serious effect; in fact, the patient can go back to work or perform their day to day functions, the next day following the treatment.

That is why it is very popular because in other skin procedure, it may take days or weeks before a patient recovers and go back to work.  More so, it is very cheap compared with the other procedure.

After the treatment, dermatologist may advice a routine use of:

  • Topical antibiotic creams
  • Sun protection cream or lotion with SPF

The products used for post-treatment care depends on the skin procedure done and the skin sensitivity of the patient. So, before you put anything on your skin, make sure that you consult first your dermatologist to prevent any adverse effects. This is because some skin care products may contain some harmful chemicals that may irritate the healing skin.

Instead of having a faster recovery, you may end up having longer treatment procedure because of allergic reactions, hyperpigmentation, or other adverse skin effects.

If you happen to use a home care treatment device, make sure that you follow the instructions very well. Some of the adverse effect is the result of wrong application of the drug or wrong use of the device.  It is also best if you clean the derma roller immediately after using it.

Make sure to read whether your dermaroller can still be used or it is for single used only which is the one use for medical procedures. But generally, dermarollers are cleaned using hot water and then let it dry for few minutes.  There are also cleaning formulas that you can buy on your local grocery or leading drugstores.


Other Practical Aftercare Treatment Tips


Aside from the use of medications and keeping you sun protected, other aftercare treatment tips includes:

  • Avoid wearing make-up at least 12 hours after the procedure
  • Don’t go for a hot bath since your skin is a bit reddish
  • Avoid applying any topical creams unless advice by your dermatologist
  • Use umbrella, caps and other things that can keep your skin away from direct exposure from sunlight

No pain, no gain!

Just like any other procedure, you will have to experience some side-effects. But when you look at it at the brighter side, it is only temporary and will be resolved afterwards.  That is why; aftercare treatment is instructed so that you won’t have to worry about these problems later on.

When you follow the instructions and your doctor’s advice, you are in good hands.

At first, there will be slight discomfort, but after the healing process, you will see the amazing results.  Your skin care problems like acne, wrinkles, scars, cellulites and so on will be removed and the symptoms will be lessened. More so, you will look younger than your actual age.

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