HomeAnswersDermatologydermaroller therapyCan dermaroller be used on extremely thin and dark skin?

Is dermaroller safe in extremely thin and dark skin?


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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At July 12, 2018
Reviewed AtJanuary 31, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have applied steroid cream (Betnovate-C) and my skin has become extremely thin and dark now. A dermatologist recommended me to try dermaroller so I want to know is it safe? And will it work? Please explain in detail as nothing has worked for me.

Answered by Dr. Sushil Kakkar


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Indiscriminate use of topical steroids can cause skin thinning (due to collagen degradation) amongst other side effects like acne, facial hair, etc. Most of these side effects resolve gradually over next few months after stopping the topical steroid cream. This recovery can be aided by certain creams as well as certain procedures like dermaroller that help in collagen regeneration. Dermaroller is safe. The extent of improvement would depend on the extent of initial skin damage and the number of sessions. Moreover, results are individualized.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Can you please suggest some cream regarding this?

Answered by Dr. Sushil Kakkar


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Use Retino A (Tretinoin) 0.025 % cream once every night. Use a sunscreen during the day.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sushil Kakkar
Dr. Sushil Kakkar


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