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10 Case Studies that Document the Damaging Effects of Micro Needle Treatment

10 Real-life Reasons to Avoid Micro-needling

Lately, we have been inundated with emails regarding adverse skin reactions after micro-needle procedures.

Many have commented on our article Microneedling beware.

We sincerely hope we can raise awareness of the possible side effects of this treatment, as it can have long-term, devastating consequences.

In the two years since this article went live, you’d hope that technological advances would create fewer adverse side effects or that there would be regulations around micro needle treatment, but sadly, that is not the case.

Below we have updated the “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.

If you are considering having a micro-needling treatment, it might be worth reading this article beforehand.

This will ensure you get a thorough consultation to ensure your skin is healthy enough to undertake such a treatment.

We also have two independent case studies from clients who kindly agreed to put together their micro needle journey to help others. You can read Ashley’s case study here and Brennan’s here.

Case Study #1: Orange peel texture

Thank you for your website’s valuable information. I wanted your expert advice as I have been experiencing skin inflammation due to a microneedle roller treatment. I’m 39 years old and went to a nurse practitioner to treat a mild acne scar; the nurse recommended the micro-needle procedure, which I jumped at since it sounded so effective; unfortunately, I didn’t know much about it treatment and the risk factors. A week later, my skin started to peel, and I experienced a burning sensation on my face’s left side and a change in texture; my skin that was once smooth and firm, has become very oily and has developed an orange peel-like texture. I’m left with permanent skin damage and regret the treatment. Another doctor told me I had rosacea which I had 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, but my skin isn’t hea; ing. Does red light therapy help? And are there other treatments you recommend that will resolve the inflammation I’m experiencing? It has been five months now that I’m having this issue.

Case Study # 2: Possible granulomatous infection

I would like to start on a regimen that you suggest for a micro needle with rf that has damaged my skin. I have had three treatments, which felt aggressive and deep each time. I have swelling, emerging pockmarks, indentations, streaks, and inflamed track marks s that keep revealing themselves all over my cheeks. The last treatment was a week ago, and every day, I notice something else on my skin that leads to an indent of some form. I went to my dermatologist, who recommended I have a biopsy and explained that a microneedle procedure could introduce immunogenic particles into the dermis and induce potential local or systemic hypersensitivity and, in more severe cases, granulomatous reactions; I am terrified. I feel like I’m constantly on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I am worried it will get worse, and I will have permanent track marks. I can’t focus on anything else; any advice and recommendations you could provide would be greatly appreciated; I am at a loss as to what to do.

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 currently being treated at the Mayo Clinic (yes, it’s that bad) because I may have a systemic reaction in my skin. I am having is small fibre neuropathy and possibly erythromelalgia since having the micro-needling treatment. If it ends up being this, I can say that this procedure has ruined my life. I will keep you updated if my extended reaction to the 10/1/20 micro-needling results in this continuous devastating condition. I dont know how I will cope. Do you know of anyone else who has had similar reactions?

Case Study # 4: Facial pitting

It’s been four months now since I had micro needle rollers on my skin. I only had one session at 0.5 and 1 mm on my cheek area, which is the reaction. It’s terrible. I actually can’t believe a session can do this much damage, and now my skin continues to get progressively worse. To begin with, it was the pitting at the side of my cheeks and then some lines running from the bottom to the top of my cheeks. Now I have a lot of open pores on my cheeks and at the side of my nose that all appear to be joining together into lines. The texture of my skin has also changed; it is dehydrated. I have attached an image of my cheek for your reference. Could you please tell me what you think is going on?

Case Study # 5: Track marks

I recently had a morpheus8 treatment, and I’m experiencing terrible deep track marks/wounds running vertically across my face and horrible scratches as you can see. 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 and have five more sessions of morpheus8 when my skin has healed. I am quite stressed out and fear that this will leave permanent marks on my face. Should I continue with a course of Morpheus 8, do you think?

Case Study # 6: Folliculitus

I underwent microneedle treatment, and redness immediately started appearing on my skin. I have sent you my micro needle before and after pictures. I went to my dermatologist panicking, they did a biopsy, and I have a terrible case of folliculitis. I purchased a few of the products yoiu recommedned and I am loving and already seeing a massive improvement; even my dermatologist was impressed. They are giving me hope.

Case Study # 7:Inflammation and rosacea?

I had a microneedle pen and a Morpheus 8 treatment, and it has left me with intermittent redness that comes and goes; there are bumps, itchiness and almost a rosacea-like appearance. Initially, the treatment was ok, but after the third treatment, my skin started to swell to the point my face was un-recognisable. I’ve since been to two dermatologists and have been put on steroids. It has gone down a bit, but I am still dealing with large bumps and redness that I’m scared may come back when I stop taking the medication. Can you please help Samantha?

Case Study #8: Irritant contact dermatitis

I had a micro needle roller procedure performed on my face 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 with what looks to be redness that has formed across my cheeks and nose. Some days it seems better than others, and then there are 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 up again. Since the treatment, I have also been battling soreness, skin sensitivity 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 your gentle miracle cleanse. Please help!!!

Case Study #9: Damage to my neck

I am desperate. Please help. My neck is a mess with lines running across the centre patch and deep bruising in one area. I need some positive information to keep me going in the hope that my neck will heal. I wish I had read your article before I had this treatment, its no doubt like every other person you speak to, but do you know people who have recovered from this treatment?

Case Study #10: Dark spots and enlarged pores

Hello, I am reaching out to see if you can help; I was told a lot about the positive bemefits of micro needle by my dermatologist, who then performed four treatments with micro needle derma roller. Since then, my skin has developed brown spots and my once small pores seem enlarged? My skin has always been delicate and occasionally sensitive. The clinic gave me Vitamin C serum to use on my skin after the treatment, but this seems to be worse. I have been to see a dermatologist but the symptoms persist, and I am at a loss. I was so relieved to find your website and the information about the adverse effects of micro-needling, to know I am not alone, and I now will not be having further treatments even though the clinic feels I should finish my course. I have read your article on what to avoid after treatment and am concerned this may be a result of applying Vitamin C. Do you think this is the case?


Case Study: Permanently inflamed rash

I am so glad to find your article. A few months ago, I had a micro needle pen treatment combined with PRP. Three days post-treatment, a severe rosacea-like rash appeared all over my face. The only thing that has helped is oral corticosteroids prescribed by my GP, but as soon as the course was finished, the rash returned. I am covered in an inflammatory acne-like spot on both cheeks. This is destroying my self-confidence. I have been back to the clinic; they say it’s not possible that it was caused by the treatment even though my skin was clear before. I have been referred to a dermatologist by my GP, but I am still waiting for the appointment (Ireland) months later. Even when the rash clears, it leaves red marks and broken capillaries on my skin. I am so upset and need someone to help as I live with this daily. I really appreciate any help you can provide.

If you are concerned about your skin, don’t hesitate to contact us here, we will ask you to send in some photos so we can first diagnose your skin.


26 thoughts on “10 Case Studies that Document the Damaging Effects of Micro Needle Treatment

  1. Monica says:

    Was hoping to see if I could
    Be in contact with someone to discuss my skin post 1st Morpheus treatment 1 week ago. I have prominent bumps still visible all over my face and neck. Worse on my neck with some itchiness. I want to make sure I am taking care of my skin carefully as to not aggravate it anymore. Will this go away? Have I damaged my skin?

  2. Jasmine Wheeler says:

    I’m so relieved to find your article I’m complete traumatised my skin has been ruined from two courses of Morpheus 8 can you help I honestly do t feel like leaving the house my skin is so damaged.

  3. Jane Peters says:

    I’ve been using your excellent products now for 6 months the barrier repair kit, H20 and DNA and what a difference I have done a review for you on Facebook. This is a devastating treatment and the more people that know about this the better, kudos to you and your wonderful company,

  4. Sangita says:

    I had done micro-needling with PRP post two months after taking accutane by my dermatologist. After a week I used ordinary 5% lactic acid and 0.2% retinol at night and Vitamin c suspension 23% with salicylic 2% acid at morning. But after like 10 days I started having white heads which I thought as purging but it kept on appearing and after 1 and half months of using those products I stopped it. I thought I must have over exfoliated my skin and continued with mild moisturizer, sunscreen, ordinary vitamin c 23% suspension only. It’s been a month now yet I am having whiteheads. All these white heads issue is so depressing and I have no idea what to do. I would be very grateful if there is any recommendations.

  5. Cristina says:

    Hi Samantha,

    Please help! I had Morpheus8 on my face and neck about 14 days ago. Immediately after my neck was very red and had small bumps all over my neck from the Microneedling. The bumps are still all over my neck after 2 weeks and I am getting a bit concerned. Is this a normal reaction?

  6. 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,

  7. 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,

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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