Is the derma roller safe to use on ethnic and darker skin?

Many people around the world are turning to non-surgical cosmetic procedures to ensure that their skin looks its best.

One of the most popular skin treatments today is derma roller therapy. Derma rollers are simple tools that are known to have some big benefits to your skin.
The derma roller reduces the appearance of acne scars, smooths fine lines and wrinkles and evens skin tone. Regular use will leave your skin looking and feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

The difference with ethnic skin

People of Asian, African, Caribbean, and South American descent generally have darker skin tones than European Caucasian people. Whilst skin of all colours has similar issues, ethnic skin can have different problems to those found on people with Caucasian skin.

Oil, acne and acne scarring

One of the main differences between ethnic and Caucasian skin is the amount of oil in the skin. Ethnic skin tends to be oiler than Caucasian skin, and although this means fewer lines and wrinkles later in life, it can also lead to a greater chance of acne and acne scarring in young people with darker skin tones.

Acne scarring on Asian skin

Fine lines and wrinkles

As well as higher oil levels, ethnic skin also contains more melanin (the pigment that gives skin its colouring), which makes darker skin more resistant to UV rays, and therefore less likely to develop fines lines and wrinkles.


Often one of the main skin concerns for people with darker skin tones is hyperpigmentation – the darker spots and patches that lead to uneven skin tone.
Whereas wrinkles are often a sign of ageing Causation skin, darker skin tones are more likely to develop freckles and uneven skin tone, which can be worse when exposed to the sun.


Hypopigmentation refers to lighter patches of skin sometimes seen in those with darker skin tones.

Hypopigmentation is usually caused by injury to the skin (e.g. from pimples, scrapes or improperly administered skin peels) but can come in the form of vitiligopityriasis and tinea versicolor. It can occur all over the body, including the face.

Side effects of ablative procedures on ethnic skin

If you are someone with ethnic or darker skin, then you may wonder what type of skin treatment is going to work for you.

You may consider laser treatment, skin lightening procedures or peels. However, ablative procedures often have long healing times and can cause unwanted side effects on ethnic or darker skin. Common side effects include skin discoloration (hypo/hyperpigmentation), burning, blistering and scarring.

The more melanin in your skin, the higher your risk for these side effects. Occasionally skin damage can last for months or even years.

Derma roller is safe to use on ethnic and darker skin

In comparison, derma roller treatment can give you the results that you want with no unwanted side effects. The derma roller is a non-ablative (non-invasive) treatment, meaning it leaves your outer skin layer intact. No heat or chemicals are used.

The derma roller boosts the collagen that is produced in your skin naturally, thanks to the small needles that roll over your skin.

The skin will start to regenerate and repair the deep layers of your skin, creating a smooth, healthy complexion with even skin tone. It can even be used to correct unwanted side effects caused by previous ablative procedures.

Derma roller treatment can easily be safely carried out at home, is inexpensive and can give you the long-term results that you want. You may even see results on your skin in around 4 weeks, which is great for us impatient people!

So, if you want salon quality results for ethnic skin with no side effects, give the derma roller a go.

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