From my research, I don't think dermarolling is a great idea at all. I doubt I would ever do it. Definitely not by myself!
And tonyocr, I definitely gave some of these scars to myself. I did it mostly as a teen, picking at some of the whiteheads I had at the time. But overall I would say my skin was pretty much okay until I got to be around 21, and that's when my skin became more oily, and seemed to change texture. I got crazy-big cysts in my cheeks and jaw. After squeezing just about 3 in my left cheek, I realized there was NO WAY I should continue to do that because it left big holes in my left cheek.
Fortunately, my cosmetic derm mostly fixed the big holes with what she calls "punch floats", I'm not sure what the proper term is for that procedure. And three little punch grafts on the left cheek. OMG, it looks so much better.
But now I'm so stuck on what sort of procedure to go with next. I'm much more happy with the way my skin looks now than when I was around 24, but I still have some scars that need to be worked on. I just don't know if I should go with lasering, do this Obagi mid-level peel my cosmetic derm seems to think I ought to go with, or do the permanent silicone injections.
These pictures of silicone injections really kind of took my breath away:
I mean, whoa. Talk about an amazing improvement. Now, I do not expect that my skin will ever go back to the way it was when I was a younger person. I just would like it to become as good as I can get it to be.
The advice of those who have replied to my post has been to do lasering. It seems like that's maybe the way I should go. Which is a bummer in a way, because I was all set to have this peel done, and was told by my derm that my skin would look "perfect", as she termed it, after it was done with. I mean, come on, I know there's no such thing as perfect. There just isn't. But I am willing to accept "much better".
I'm just confused as to which route will take me to "much better". If anyone else has anymore contributing thoughts, I would be so grateful!
Well I have tiny holes all over my face from squeezing blackk and whiteheads. Also a couple of big holes. I don't even understand how I couldn't have noticed it earlyer and stopped. Scars are really a tricky thing. The holes I now have don't appear right after you squeeze. They become evident much later. So I just kept squeezing and squeezing until I noticed I was totally scarred. I thought it was always just OK to squueze non inflamed acne. By god was I so wrong.