Derma Roller: Is Skin Peeling Normal After Microneedling?

Microneedling your skin is surely a tricky process but very easy once you know everything about it, which is why so many people are raving about microneedling’s benefits!

Since you already know about the mechanism of dermarolling and its advantages for your skin, let's skip those parts (or read this complete guide that’ll tell you everything, step by step). In this article, we'll discuss what happens after a peeling roller slides through the length of your face.

Many people get worried when the skin reddens or starts peeling after microneedling sessions. Is this normal? Should you be concerned? Let's answer all your questions.

What Happens After Dermarolling?

As you may already know, using a high-quality roller, like DermRollers, can reduce wrinkles, make your skin plumper, and remove acne scars. However, dermarolling has some undesirable parts too.

Before microneedling, you should be aware of what to expect as an aftermath of the process. Here are a few things that you may experience post microneedling.

Red Skin

If your skin gets red during or after dermarolling, don't freak out as it's pretty standard. The redness will subside over a day. For more aggressive treatments, like those for breaking surgery scars, the redness may take a few days to go away.

Along with redness, you'll also experience inflammation. Again, it's normal and should go away in one to two days.

Rough Skin

As your skin starts peeling after dermarolling, you'll notice that it's also rougher. Don't worry too much as this is an indication that the derma roller did its job well. Along with rough skin, you may experience swelling and bruising too.

Since dermarolling involves skin invasion your body reacts to it like any other injury. That's why there's inflammation, which is an immune response.


After microneedling, you might see some visible marks on your skin. They're quite faint but maybe bigger for some people. Don't fret, as they'll fade away within a few days.

Your skin needs some time to repair and recover after an invasive process. During this time, it may break out, retain marks, and get inflamed. However, all these effects are short-lived and will go away once the skin heals.


Yes, your skin will peel after microneedling, and it's completely normal. In fact, you should be worried if your skin doesn't peel because it means the derma roller was too gentle to have any significant effect.

Should You Pick Your Skin Before Peeling?

The short answer is No! You should wait for your skin to start peeling on its own rather than picking it. Doing so may lead to hyperpigmentation. In some cases, it may delay the healing process.

What to do When Your Skin is Peeling?

If your skin starts peeling after microneedling, you should take good care of it because it's a sign of healing. As a rule of thumb, do not use any skin care products containing harsh synthetic ingredients. These can irritate the skin, causing excessive inflammation and pain.

  • Limit your sun exposure. Even if you do need to go out, wear a hat, sunglasses, and a mild sunscreen to keep your skin safe from the UV rays.

  • Do not put on makeup for at least two weeks following dermarolling. You can ask a professional for advice about using natural or organic makeup products.

  • Do not use a face wash while your skin is peeling. Instead, moisturize your face using a serum or a mild cleanser. 

How to Minimize Peeling?

As mentioned earlier, peeling is a sign of recovery. Instead of wanting to minimize it, you should hope for it to start sooner.

However, it's essential to use a high-quality derma roller, such as the DermRollers with medical-grade titanium microneedles, for best results. If you use a dull peeling roller, it will leave scars that will take ages to heal.

In contrast, DermRollers has blunt needles that quickly enter your skin without damaging it. Since the pores close in a while, you shouldn't worry about infective agents entering your skin.

What if your Skin Doesn't Peel After Microneedling?

Although peeling is an expected effect of dermarolling, it's not typical for your skin to peel after the first session. Often, the skin may dry and become flaky rather than peeling.

Remember, every skin type is different. The way your skin reacts to a procedure might not be the same as everyone else's. In this case, there's no need to worry. Get in touch with your provider and resolve any queries you may have.

Another option is to add micro peeling or PRP to the equation. It's more expensive than microneedling alone, but will accelerate the healing process.

PRP, or Platelet-rich plasma therapy

PRP or Platelet-rich plasma therapy utilizes your platelets to quicken the healing process. Thus, the treatment uses your body's healing system to enhance the recovery process.

- Chemical Peel

If your skin isn't naturally peeling, your provider may apply a chemical peel to hasten the process. A professional will apply a glycol solution to your skin, which removes the top layers.

As a result, the new layer of skin that regrows is much smoother. Depending on the intensity of microneedling, you can opt for a deep or light chemical peel.

In most cases, your provider will decide the level of peel you need. However, in a rare event that you're given a choice, don't go for a deeper chemical peel. Although the results are more dramatic, your body takes longer to heal from deep chemical peeling.

Keep in mind that coupling the dermarolling session with a chemical peel will increase the procedures' final cost.


Now that you know that skin peeling is a sign of recovery, you should consider it a good thing rather than a worrisome symptom. When getting a microneedling session from a professional, you'll have an expert to deal with any unexpected effects.

However, if you're dermarolling at home, always use a reliable roller, like DermRollers, to minimize risk and ensure promising results. For quick recovery, stay out of the Sun, avoid wearing makeup, and use a gentle serum or cleanser.