11 Microneedline Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Results – BANISH


Microneedling stimulates collagen production in the skin to reduce acne scars, fine lines and hyperpigmentation. It is relatively affordable, non-invasive, and generally easy to perform. However, some can make these common microneedling mistakes that hinder progress.

Here is a list of common microneedling mistakes to avoid.

The most common microneedling mistakes to avoid are:

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  • Microneedling too often.
  • Using the wrong needle size.
  • Don’t use sunscreen.
  • Microneedling for skin infections, active acne or wounds.
  • Applying irritating skincare like retinol, BHA and AHA after microneedling
  • Microneedling too aggressive
  • Using inferior derma rollers
  • Don’t replace your microneedling tool often enough
  • Do not disinfect your microneedle tool before use
  • Don’t be consistent

Mistake 1: Microneedling too often

Microneedling too often is probably the most common microneedling mistake. It is important to give your skin time to heal and recover after each treatment. Doing so can slow healing, increase irritation and inflammation, and slow results, which is something we don’t want to do to our skin. Studies show that collagen is still forming in the skin up to 1 month later after microneedling, so be patient.

When using a derma roller, you want to give your skin at least two weeks to heal. With larger gauge needles, you should give your skin even more time to rest, but you shouldn’t use large gauge needles (1mm and larger) at home anyway, as they can be more dangerous if not handled by a professional.

When needles are rolled, they do not penetrate the skin at a straight angle, but are instead rolled onto the skin, so the micro-holes they create are usually wider-shaped cones, which is why there is a 2-week interval between each session is ideal.

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If you want to microneedle at home, try the Banisher 2.0. There is less downtime so you can use this up to once a week.

Mistake 2: Use the wrong needle size

Many people think that a larger needle size means better results, and while it can be true for deep, severe scars, longer needles carry greater risk and these should be handled by a professional. Microneedling instruments that reach 1mm or more require more downtime and aftercare, and the needles can reach the blood vessels and nerves of the skin depending on the depth and skin areas. I would say the safest size I would recommend to others for home use is the 0.5mm which Banish has and is the minimum size for collagen stimulation.

Other people might use even shorter ones. These smaller needle sizes are good for product absorption and mild exfoliation, but not as effective for collagen production, which is needed to remove acne scars.


Mistake 3: Not using sunscreen

Another common microneedling mistake is not wearing sunscreen after microneedling. Whenever you perform a microneedling or derma roller session, sunscreen should always be with you. Sun exposure increases the risk of hyperpigmentation and the risk is higher when your skin recovers after microneedling. Apply sunscreen daily, even if it has been a few days after microneedling, as UV damage can still occur.

Use a full-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB with SPF 30 or higher. Mineral sunscreen is recommended. Apply a vitamin C product before sunscreen as the vitamin C layer increases the sunscreen’s sun protection and creates a buffer between your skin and the sunscreen. Renew sunscreen every 2 hours.

I usually recommend not going out the next day after microneedling as your skin may still be red and a little irritated, but with the right sunscreen it’s still fine!


Mistake 4: Microneedling for open wounds, acne and skin infections

Don’t make the mistake of using microneedles on active acne or open wounds. To protect yourself from the spread of infection, avoid skin rolling near acne, open wounds, psoriasis, sores, warts and other bacterial or active viral or fungal skin infections.

Wait for the skin lesion or infection to heal completely before using the microneedle banisher, or avoid getting too close.

Mistake 5: Applying irritating products like retinol, AHA, or BHAs after microneedling

Applying the wrong skincare routine after microneedling is another common mistake to avoid. Dermaroller and microneedling improve the absorption of products because microneedling or dermarolling creates micro-channels that allow topical products to absorb 5 to 20 times more. That can mean good and bad.


Applying skin care products that tend to irritate the skin or exfoliating right after, like retinol and exfoliating acids, can do more harm than good.

Avoid using products containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid after microneedling with the Banisher.

Do not apply make-up for at least 24 hours after microneedling. For sensitive skin, a basic moisturizing cream is sufficient until the next day.

Other products to avoid applying to skin after banisher

If you have acne prone skin I would stay away from petroleum based, mineral oil, propylene glycol, silicone based creams, oils or serums as these can clog pores or irritate if you have acne prone skin.

When can I use my peeling products after microneedling?

Use your exfoliating products containing AHAs such as lactic, glycolic or mandelic acid either the day before the Derma Roll or Microneedle and at least 2 days after a session.

Mistake 6: Microneedling too aggressive

When rolling or squeezing with the banisher, don’t apply too much pressure at all. Many think that the harder you roll or stomp on your skin, the better the result. They are just a guide for the tool and any extra pressure applied can cause unnecessary damage. Aggressive rolling back and forth with a derma roller could increase the risk of a side effect of tram track marks on the skin. You don’t have to bleed to see results.

As long as the microneedles have penetrated your skin, you can expect collagen growth. The Banisher 2.0 has 0.5mm microneedles which are sufficient to stimulate collagen to fade scars without the risks associated with longer needles.

Mistake 7: Using inferior derma rollers

Reels on eBay, Amazon or other online marketplaces are generally of low quality, especially when they are sold at a low price and are there to make a quick buck before moving on to the next trending item.

However, if you think you’ve found a good quality roller or microneedling tool, check the needles for bends and test the roller lightly on the top of your hand to test if the needles are blunt and make sure they won’t get caught on your skin. Bent and blunt needles can injure the skin. Make sure to read reviews and email if needed. Luckily, the folks at Banish offer a high quality, patented microneedling tool that was designed, developed and tested by the Banish team. They also inspect every banisher closely before they are shipped.

Mistake 8: Not replacing your micro needling tool enough

Another fairly common mistake with microneedling is not replacing your tool. It’s important to replace your microneedling tool regardless of the company, as the needles can become dull after multiple uses. Over time, bacteria can build up on your dermaroller needle that alcohol isn’t as good at disinfecting.

Remember that we only want to use sharp, straight needles to avoid unnecessary skin trauma, and blunt ones will be ineffective. In addition, when using old tools, there is a higher risk of infection, since bacteria may have accumulated on them. Make sure you never share micro needling tools too!

The Banisher 2.0 has 24k gold-plated titanium needles that are strong and resistant to bacteria, but they still need to be replaced after 10 uses. Cleaning the banisher with alcohol is a great preventive measure, but there is no way to guarantee that all bacteria will be killed between the needles.

Mistake 9: Microneedling over keloid scars

We know that microneedling helps with collagen and elastin production, which is very helpful for different types of acne scars, but unfortunately not for keloid scars.

It is not recommended to use a derma roller or microneedling treatment on keloid scars or if you are prone to them as it can make the situation worse. The formation of keloid scars is considered one of the contraindications of microneedling. A keloid scar is a skin condition in which excess collagen growth occurs during the healing process after a skin injury.

How can you tell if you have a normal raised hypertrophic scar or a keloid scar? Hypertrophic scars remain in the area of ​​injury and do not increase in size over time. Keloids can spill over and spread outside the wound area and grow larger over time.

Mistake 10: Not cleaning your microneedle tool before use

This is the easiest step so far in our busy life that is easy to skip. It is important that you always disinfect your microneedling tool before each use, even if you have cleaned it after storage. Always ensure that your skin is freshly cleansed before microneedling. If you don’t, dirt and bacteria could spread deeper into the skin, potentially leading to more breakouts, which is the last thing we want.

Mistake 11: Not being consistent

Consistency is important. It takes time to see results from microneedling, so don’t expect overnight results, although some may even find that they see results the next day, which is usually more of a temporary plumping effect. It takes an average of 1-3 months for most people to notice long-term results from microneedling. Keep going, be consistent and as long as you follow these simple guidelines, as well as the instructions that came with your microneedling kit, you are guaranteed results.

In summary, we hope these tips will help you in your microneedling acne scar progression! The list below is a quick summary of the most common microneedling mistakes to avoid.

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