Microneedling is an increasingly popular treatment to rejuvenate skin, using multiple tiny micropunctures. Its fame in recent years is due to YouTube and some dramatic photos of the Kardashians showing having microneedling treatments.
Originally this was done manually, using the rollers or stamps (Dermaroller, Dermastamp).
The dermaroller procedure uses tiny needles to prick the skin, and claims to create new collagen and skin cells for firmer, smoother skin.
The process has become so popular that you can now buy “dermarollers” online and carry out the procedure at home, but experts are warning that this could be incredibly dangerous.
Skincare specialists are warning against people dermarolling at home. They say microneedling could cause significant damage if it isn’t carried out by experts.
The worry is that the boom of seductively affordable at-home products are convincing more and more people to try microneedling on themselves, without taking any of the proper precautions.
‘Buying a cheap dermaroller online can really damage your skin, rather than improve it. Dermarollers and micro-needle treatments need to be done professionally by someone who has trained extensively in this area, and we strongly advise people to not be drawn in by the cheap price points and accessibility,’ says Farzila Allarakha, an aesthetic practitioner at Neo Elegance.
‘Microneedling is a form of controlled wounding that is designed to initiate healing within the skin,’ Farzila explains.
‘It is a long term, in clinic, treatment and it can take up to a year to see a difference. This is not a quick fix treatment at all.
‘It involves the insertion of tiny needles into the skin, they need to be sterile and technique is key. If there is a failure to administer the treatment effectively, it can result in many serious skin and health issues, including necrotising fasciitis.