> I post on EDS and some of us are wondering how long the micro-inflammation
> stage lasts after a long needle roll. We know the inflammation is important to
> collagen development so we try to avoid LED's, Emu oil and NSAIDs afterwards.
> We are all wondering how long we need to keep that up. Do you have any idea? > Right now, I'm waiting a week and then using the LED as usual. Some are waiting > a few days and others are avoiding them altogether. I appreciate any insight
> you can offer.
When you (for example) prick your skin you mechanically damage some skin cells. Those cells are too damaged to function properly and our body will immediately start removing those cells.
It is the job of our immune system to remove pathogens, damaged cells etc.
The capillaries will dilate and the whole area will get red from increased blood flow full of white blood cells and other cells that will be very busy, removing the damaged tissue and the growth of new cells will be triggered. Blood proteins will flood the area and that will cause swelling, the skin will get warmer than normal and will be painful.
Inflammation is a sign that wound healing is in progress.
Inflammation is caused by our own immune system. If our immune system didn't "flood" the area and didn't cause inflammation, our wounds would not heal.
When you roll your skin, you induce inflammation (which is an immune protective response in order to fix the injury) but you should not get infection (bacterial or other contamination of the wound).
Acute inflammation ceases when the acute injury is fixed and the damaged cells are removed. It takes a few hours (after dermarolling) and up to a few days (after deep single needling) but of course it depends on how deep and dense your pricks are etc. Basically, when the signs of inflammation (redness, swelling, increased heat, pain) are completely gone then the inflammation process is completed.
It doesn't mean though that you should roll immediately when the inflammation from the previous rolling is gone. For reasons that are very complex, it is undesirable to have a more or less continuous state of inflammation of the skin. It is certainly not beneficial to your skin.
You have to give your skin time to completely regenerate and give your skin time to complete several stages of collagen production (from collagen III to collagen I etc). The tissue remodelling can take months.