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10 Devastating Side Effects of Micro Needle (Update 2022)

10 Real-life Reasons to Avoid Micro-needling

Previously, we have put together a few articles on micro-needle treatment.

In the hope of raising awareness of some of the side effects that some seem to be experiencing.

We have been inundated with emails regarding adverse skin reactions after the micro-needle procedure.

Many have commented on the article, “Microneedling: Beware“, and we want to raise awareness of the possible side effects of this treatment, as it can have a devastating impact.

In the two years since this article was first written, you’d hope that technological advances have fewer side effects; sadly, that is not the case!

Below we have updated our real-life accounts of our reader’s problems to raise awareness; each case study is very different, and rarely is each treatment outcome the same.

Case Study #1: Orange peel texture

Thank you for your website’s valuable information. I wanted to reach out for your expert advice regarding a skin inflammation experiencing due to a micro needle roller treatment. I’m 39 years old, went to a nurse practitioner for treating mild acne scar, and she recommended the micro-needle procedure, which I jumped at since it sounded so effective without much knowledge about this treatment and the risk factors. A week after my skin peeled, I experienced this burning sensation on my face’s left side, a change in texture; the texture was very smooth and firm, and now it looks crepe and orange peel-like. I’m pretty much left with skin damage and regret having the treatment. Another doctor told me I had rosacea which I have never experienced before. Is it possible that the micro-needling did activate and inflame this condition? I am now on doxycycline antibiotic and topical metronidazole. And I have recently purchased the DNA and Bio serums and Fortifying cream which I am loving. Also, does using red light therapy 5 minutes a day help? Are there any other items that you suggest to help resolve this inflammation that I’m experiencing? It has been 5 months now that I’m having this issue.


Reason # 2: Possible granulomatous infection:

I would like to start on a regimen that you suggest for a micro needle with rf that has really damaged my skin. I have had three treatments, and each time, they felt very aggressive and deep. I have swelling in the under layers and emerging pockmarks, indentations, streaks, track marks, and whitish lines that keep revealing themselves all over my cheeks. The last treatment was two months ago, and every day, I notice more discolouration that leads to an indent of some form. I went to the dermatologist, who recommended I have a biopsy and explained that a micro needle procedure could introduce immunogenic particles into the dermis and potentiate local or systemic hypersensitivity and granulomatous reactions.e I am absolutely devastated. I feel like I’m constantly on the verge of a nervous breakdown over it. I am so scared that it’s getting worse, and I’m scared it’s permanently marked. I can’t focus on anything else; any advice and recommendations you could provide would greatly appreciate it. I am so lost on what to do or if there is ever anything I can do really, but your reviews and education on the topic are auspicious.

Case Study # 3: Low-grade infection

Dear Samantha, I’m wondering if you have been contacted by others experiencing prolonged burning, irritation, and flare-ups of redness on their skin after micro needle with prp treatment? If so, are you able to tell me what treatment you recommended? And if they are still experiencing these symptoms?

I am reaching out because I have been currently tested at the Mayo Clinic. After all, there is a suspicion of a systemic reaction in my skin. I am having is small fibre neuropathy and possibly erythromelalgia since having micro-needling treatment. If it ends up being this, then I can say that this procedure has literally ruined my life functioning, especially if they can’t figure out how to stop it. I will keep you updated if my extended reaction to the 10/1/20 micro-needling results in these horrible diseases, but I just wanted to see if you knew of any other people who have had similar reactions as me?


Case Study # 4: Facial pitting

It’s been 4 months now since I had micro-needling. I only had 1 session at 0.5 and 1mm on the cheek area. It’s horrible 1 can’t believe a session can do this much damage. However, my skin continues to get progressively worse, and I am worried. To begin with, it was the pitting at the side of my cheeks and then some lines running from the bottom to top of my cheeks. Now I have a load of pores on my cheeks at the side of my nose that are all joining together into lines, and the texture of my skin has gone a bit bumpy, something I never had before, what looks to be tiny holes now from the micro-needle device that has left pitting, leaving marks everywhere. Have you come across this before?

Case Study # 5: Tracking marks and damage to my face:

I recently had skin needling performed on my skin and I am experiencing deep track marks/wounds running vertically across my face and really bad scratches. I am devastated. I have sent an email of complaint and called the clinic, and they have asked me to come back to the clinic. I am quite stressed out, and I fear that this will leave permanent marks on my face. I have attached an image of my cheek for your reference. Could you please tell me if this is normal or not?

Case Study # 6: Folliculitus

I recently underwent microneedle treastm,ent and immediatly track marks and redness started appearing on my skin. I have sent you my micro needle before and after pictures. I went to my dermatologist panicking who had no answer which is when I came across your article. I ram so glad I reached out you.  I am shocked I am the second worst incident you have seen and that I have a terrible case of folliculitus, Having used almost exclusively your skincare line, within 8 days my skin has turned around, even my dermatologist was impressed I cant thankyou enough.

Case Study # 7: Large bumps and redness

I had a microneedle pen treatment 3 weeks ago (Morpheus 8), and it has left me with intermittent redness that comes and goes; there are also grid marks, bumps, and itchiness. Initially, the treatment was ok, but three after the treatment, my face started to swell up to the point my face was un-recognisable. I’ve been to two dermatologists, and they put me on antibiotics/steroids. It has gone down a bit, but today, I am still dealing with large bumps and redness that I’m scared may come back when I stop taking the medication. My skin feels like it is not healing, and I am afraid. I can only use your miracle cleanse and H2O hyaluronic complex, everything else irritates. I do not know what to do at this point. I feel like my skin is ruined, can you please help Samantha?

Case Study #8: Irritant contact dermatitis

I had a microneedle procedure done at a depth of .50mm 2 weeks ago. This was my first time trying this procedure, and I typically do not have reactive skin to anything. Two weeks later and I am still battling what looks to be redness that has formed across my cheeks and nose. Some days it seems better than others, and then days, my cheeks and nose become bright red. I went back to the dermatologist, who put me on Desodine 2x a day for three weeks diagnosing me with irritant contact dermatitis. After the first week, I thought it had calmed down, but it has flared. Since the treatment, I have also been battling soreness, skin sensitivity to the touch, and sinus-like pressure. Could there be something else besides dermatitis that can destroy the repairing process? I am currently unable to use any other facial products besides a gentle cleanser. Please help!!!



Case Study #9: Neck damage

I am desperate; my neck is also a mess with lines running up and down the centre patch. It’s consuming my life, and I need some positive information to keep me going in the hope that my skin will get better at some point.
I wish I saw your blog before I had it done like every other person you probably speak to, have you ever seen people who have recovered from this?

Case Study #10: Pigmentation and facial flushing

Hello, I am reaching out to see if you can help, I was told a lot about the micro-needle benefits by my dermatologist, who then carried out 4 treatments. Since then my skin has developed brown spots and extreme flushing, My skin has always been delicate and occasionally sensitive, but it remains flushed and is hot to the touch since the treatment. The clinic gave me Vitamin C serum to use on my skin after treatment but this seems to be making the inflammation worse? I have been to see a dermatologist who recommended that I get some labs done to see if it’s a low-grade infection. So far, nothing has come up concerning my results but the symptoms still persist and I am at a loss now, I’m a bit hesitant as my dermatologist does not seem to know what to do with me now? I was so relieved to find your website and the information on the adverse effects of micro-needling, and will not commit to more treatments even though the clinic feel I should finish my course of 6? I have read your article on what to avoid after treatment and am concerned this maybe a result of applying Vitamin C? Do you think the pigmentation marks wil lever go as a result of this problem?


Case Study: Permanent inflamed rash

I am so glad to find your article. A few months back, I had microneedling treatment combined with PRP. Since about three days post-treatment, I have had a severe roseca-like rash all over my face and sometimes my neck (treatment was not performed on the neck). The only thing that has helped is oral corticosteroids prescribed by my GP, but as soon as the course is finished, the rash returns. I am covered in inflammatory acne-like spots on both cheeks almost every day, destroying my self-confidence. I have been back to the clinic. They are just saying it’s not possible that it was caused by the treatment even though my skin was clear before the treatment. I have been referred to a dermatologist by my GP, but four months later, I am still waiting for the appointment (Ireland). Even when the rash clears, it leaves red marks and broken capillaries on my skin. I am devastated and need someone to help as I live with this almost daily. I have tried cutting out all cleansers, moisturisers etc., and tried to keep a food diary. Nothing is helping, and I am living with this every day. Thank you again.

If you are concerned about your skin, don’t hesitate to contact us here.

Alternatively, if you are considering a micro needle treatment, this article is a valuable read that discusses pre and post-consultation and what to expect.

If you have had micro needle dermaroller treatment and are concerned with what you use on your skin, you may find a valuable resource in this article.

11 thoughts on “10 Devastating Side Effects of Micro Needle (Update 2022)

  1. Sarah Clark Detlef says:

    I had RF microneedling done 2 weeks ago under both eyes. I now have large bumps under my right eye with swelling. I followed post-procedure directions but still have this unsightly area under one eye. Can you suggest how I can get rid of the bumps?

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Hi Sarah

      This is a condition that is difficult to treat under the eyes in this delicate area and it is rare. In this instance, you may have to be referred back to your dermatologist regarding this matter,

  2. Natalie says:

    I am also a victim of microneedling gone wrong. The first two sessions made my skin look incredible. About 5 weeks after the third session my skin became highly sensitized, then began deteriorating and showing indents, pitting, tram lines and swirly scarring all over my face where the device went over. Also my entire texture became waxy and resembled an orange peel. I no longer tolerate any products. It’s been 17 months from the last damaging treatment and it has only slightly improved. I’m too traumatized to try anything to fix it. It feels like my life is over. I’m trying to stay positive, but it’s hard to focus on anything else. I try not to run to the mirror anymore or look at my skin in bright unforgiving lights. Please don’t do this treatment

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Natalie we could not be more sorry to hear your story. Please keep a lookout for a new blog we are releasing soon on two clients’ journeys with their skin and how they healed their skin. If you want to reach out and send some photos over so we can consult and recommend we will be happy to discuss this for you,

  3. Jennifer says:

    Hi Samantha,

    I had Morpheus 8 done nearly 3 months ago which is basically microneedling and radio frequency. The procedure went well at the time and I had very minimal side effects. I didn’t wear makeup and only used aquaphor on my face for almost two weeks to help prevent any dryness they said I would experience. Two weeks after the procedure (which I thought was safe) I used Paula’s choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant on one night and a couple nights later I used 0.05% trentinoin. Which looking back now is where I think I made a big mistake. I started experiencing a buring sensation on my face for about a week. My skin was peeling as is normally the case after trentinoin however, it did not get better only worse. I had gone back to using my normal skincare routine and makeup routine two weeks after I had the Morpheus 8 procedure without any issues. My moisturizers have peptides and I always use sunscreen. But about 9 weeks after the Morpheus 8 and 7 weeks after the trentinoin I had severely dry skin all over my face and then I suddenly became ultra sensitive to products I had been using for years. Then, I started experiencing swelling on my face and eczema like patches around my eyes. I went to the dermatologist and she said it was irritant contact dermatitis and prescribed 2.5% hydrocortisone which I used for two days and got better but now all I’ve been able to use on my face is a mild fash wash and petroleum jelly. Anytime I try to re-incorporate any skincare products it causes my face to swell again and the eczema like patches around my eyes. I have been dealing with this for about 4 weeks now and I am at about the 90 day mark from when I had the morpheus 8 done. I am so worried that I have ruined my skin forever and I will not be able to tolerate moisturizers or makeup. I would appreciate any recommendations you may have to what is going on with my face and any products you think may help.

      • kelly Briggs says:

        I had the same exact thing happen to me (also started tretinoin .05 about 3 weeks after my third Morpheus). My skin is always dry but definitely is dryer and I have severe malasma and what looks like sun spots (I never go in the sun always wear a hat) all over my face. Can you please share what you recommended for this patient? I’m dying and so sad about my face

        • Samantha Miller says:

          Hi kelly we have emailed you directly with our protocol regarding treating the melanin in your skin. Katie Your barrier is impaired and your skin is fragile. We really don’t advise tretinoin until you restore your barrier judging by the photos.

  4. Liz says:

    Hey Samantha
    Great to see you doing so well. Testament to sticking to what you believe and following your dreams. Wishing you every success.

    • Samantha Miller says:

      Aww, that is so nice. Yes, the skincare is doing super well, have a huge loyal following and a lot of happy clients – I’m forever in the pursuit of helping people get their skin back on track and returning to health.

  5. lynn says:


    This happened 4 years ago. I have had many treatments done to help it but it has not responded. This photo is it on a good day in good lighting.

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