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Dermarolling Girl

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#3363782 My Dermaroller Journey

Posted by Dermarolling Girl on 04 July 2013 - 09:00 AM

I've been rolling for over 2 years and have had great results. Just stick with it, roll every 4-6 weeks. I usually wait 6 weeks..sometimes longer if I have a breakout :(
The wait is hard but worth it. 

I did a ton of research before I started and read that if you roll more often (with a 1mm-2mm roller) that not only are you not giving your skin time to form new collagen but you could also be causing scar tissue to form. I personally wouldn't go past a 1.5mm roller. 2mm could damage your skin unless you do it properly. I wouldn't take that chance. Some people on here use the 2mm and haven't had any problems though.

Apply Vitamin A after you roll (and after you rinse your face) and then wait until the second day or so to apply vitamin c. I wait a day or so because it burns like hell. That can't be good, right?  I usually don't apply vitamin E until a few days later in cream form. I just read (on a doctor site somewhere but don't remember where) that vitamin E could actually impede healing. It's a new study that came out or something.

When you roll, make sure it's hard enough to cause some bleeding. Dr. Fernandes (inventor of dermarolling) says your skin has to bleed in order for it to work. I get lots of pinprick bleeding and it's worked for me. I don't get all bloody like some of those pics I've seen. lol

Always sanitize your roller before and after every roll and just to be safe sanitize inbetween rolls. Better safe than sorry.

Check needles before you roll. Even if 1 is bent, it will drag across your face and could scar.

While rolling, lift your roller every time you change directions. That will help avoid trackmarks AND you won't be puncturing the same spot over and over again.

Never roll over active acne. That will spread the bacteria and make things worse.

Once the skin grows in, I would recommend getting microdermabrasion to smooth it out. I had to do that. I had a lot of icepick scarring so when my skin grew in it was so bumpy. My dermatologist recommended Micro so I got it done and it helped smooth my skin out. I need to go back again because of the new skin I have (problem I have is after my scars have filled in I get new cysts and new scars. Totally sucks. )

#3362390 Living Life As A Gay Person With Acne?

Posted by Dermarolling Girl on 28 June 2013 - 06:25 PM

 Gay, straight, bi, it doesn't matter. Acne affects us all the same way. My little sister is gay and just like me has the same issues. She doesn't give a Sh*t what people think of her. She has so many girlfriends, it's ridiculous. It never has held her back from getting what she wants and you should NOT let it hold you back.

Life is too short to worry about the small things.

#3362159 Physcological Affects Of Unrepairable Scars

Posted by Dermarolling Girl on 27 June 2013 - 08:47 PM

Firstly, I guess it's important to state that this is more of a way of getting it off my chest, as opposed to anything a shade more constructive - something I'm sure a lot of people can appreciate. You really can't put value on the strange comfort of both letting something ugly out of your mind, and having people understand it.


I never had a problem with acne. Literally, ever. I coasted through my teens, early 20's, without even a single spot or even blemish. But for some reason that all changed when I hit 24, I think mostly physcological, I was going through a really tough time and I developed this irrational, compulsive obsessive skin picking disorder. I abused my skin mercilessly for years, ironically in the quest to achieve perfection I ended up screwing up my looks because I could not stop squeezing, picking, inspecting, and so on.


Now I'm past that - at least, mostly - but I'm left with terrible skin - particularly and mostly on my nose, an area which is notoriously difficult to treat. My nose is like orange peel; bad and uneven texture, wrinkled, large pores, and several bad ice picks - and I can't stop killing myself over the fact that my skin was never that bad to begin with, it's like I threw away a winning lotto ticket! I wouldn't mind if it was anywhere else - forehead, cheeks, wherever - but the nose, the focus and epicentre of the face, just kills me. I hate it so much, I look in the mirror and it's like the rest of my face melts away into a blind spot and all I can see is my nose. I feel so indescribably hideous; almost worthless and certainly unworthy of attention from the opposite sex. I know I don't need to rationalize any of this given the target audience!


The nose is a notoriously difficult area to treat successfully, and while there are options, I simply can't afford ANY of them, save the DIY jobs like Dermarolling, Needling, Copper Peptides and so on. I've been trying them to date, with varying success, but I would give anything in the known world to just have the nose I used to have years ago back. This is actually consuming my life!


Anyway, if you've read this far, thanks, it's appreciated.

I know EXACTLY how you feel! I had gorgeous skin with no breakouts ever up until I was 29 and it was all downhill from there. I'm in my 30's now and still suffering from cystic acne. Luckily the cysts are small but I'm a picker. It has left scars on the area on both sides of my lips but that's not what bothers me. I picked at a cyst that was in my smile line and it left 2 icepicks which connect and looks like a line scar which looks like a wrinkle. Just like you, when I look in the mirror, everything melts on my face and all I see is that damn scar. It sucks, I know but I have gotten to that point where I am just plain exhausted about worrying about that stupid scar. In 20 years, my face will be full of wrinkles and I won't be able to tell where the hell that scar is.

Hey, have you ever used something like a pore minimizer on your nose? I bought one from Clinque (discontinued now) and it totally covered up my pores and some icepicks and makes my nose look so smooth and poreless. I only use it when I'm going to a party or reunion or something. Trying conserve since it has been discontinued but there are other brands. Just a thought. It might help make your nose look smooth. It blends with your skin so nobody can tell you are wearing that stuff.

Don't let this consume your life. In 30 years, you're going to look back and wish your nose looked as good as it looks now.

#3361393 Dermaroller - the biggest load of c**p I have ever experienced

Posted by Dermarolling Girl on 25 June 2013 - 08:19 AM

My icepick scars were small and deep. I am guessing they filled in nicely because they were small!?! I'm not sure.  I had one rolling scar that was as big as one of your scars but it filled in about 50% and it never improved after that until about 4 weeks ago when I used my dermaroller to "stamp" that spot. I positioned the needles over the hole and pushed downward. I looked at it the other day and I swear it has filled in some more but I need to wait a while longer to make sure it's real and not just in my head. lol

Also, my rolling scars aren't as deep. Mine are pretty shallow.

#3360363 Dermaroller - the biggest load of c**p I have ever experienced

Posted by Dermarolling Girl on 22 June 2013 - 03:30 PM

It has worked for me!!! I have been rolling at home for over 2 years and it has definitely helped my scars. No it won't completely get rid of them but the little ones (icepick) completely filled in (and I had tons and tons and tons of them) and my big one filled in by 50% AND it helps with my smile line wrinkles. No change in forehead wrinkles, one rolling scar and line scar though.

I know it takes about a year or 2 for scars to heal on their own but I saw results almost immediatly (after about 6-8 weeks of rolling). This is after the microswelling went down.

Also, since I am rolling at home and I don't do it often (once every 6-8 weeks), the needles on my roller are still nice and sharp and I haven't had to replace it yet. This is after 2 years of use. If you're using it all the time (like some people do which is a waste of time in my opinion...you need to give your skin time work its magic), then you will definitely have to replace the roller more often...probably like every couple of months or so.


Of course we need topicals for it to work. That is what it's all about...creating those little holes (to trick our body into thinking it's been damaged but it's alway a way for us to get those topicals deep inside of our skin) so that your skin and soak in all the topicals that will help your skin regenerate. If you don't use topicals, then you probably won't see results but if you don't create a way to get those topicals deep into your skin you won't see results.


Don't waste your money on professionals. Do it yourself at home and save some money.


Your right, it doesn't work for everybody. I wish we knew why. I've seen studies on dermarolling with pictures and even in the studies it  didn't work on everybody. It's too bad. Our bodies are different. We all heal differently.  Why is it that some people scar while others don't? I am one of those people who scars...my mother on the other hand, who also has cystic acne, has never scarred. Why is that? It's the same with the dermaroller. It helps some people and does nothing for others. :(

i understand where the person who started this topic is comming from. When dermarolling u go over healthy unscarred skin making u end up with aditional scarring. Also i think its a must to use dermarolling/stamping with LED'S!! i bet if eveyrone on here used LED'S in there routine there results would be completley different. Also please explain how individual needling is worse then dermarolling? it makes no sense since with individual needling u can focus on just the scars. I personally will never try dermarolling because it seems so stupid to me. I am leaning towards individual needling with LED'S and regular copper peptides not that ''super cp serum'' bullcrap. I myself probably have worse scarring then many ppl on here. icepcisk and box scars are worse then rolling scars i dont care what anyone says.I come on this site everyday to find answers, not for fun, only because I am a true acne scar sufferer and my life has changed complelety. Ill do anything in this world to have my skin back how it used to be!

I only roll on my damaged skin. Also, I read a ton of studies and every single one says that it works on icepick scars, boxcar but not rolling or line scars. I believe it too because it has helped improve my icepicks and boxcar but there has been absolutely no improvement on my line scar or rolling scar. :( I am considering trying the single needling for those scars to see if that helps. Kinda scared though...

#3300058 Dermaroller Newbie Here. Need Help On A Few Questions.

Posted by Dermarolling Girl on 04 November 2012 - 05:01 PM

Hello all. I'm a 26 year old African-American male, and I recently ordered a 1.0 mm Dermaroller that is pending arrival. I will be using this roller primarily for hypertrophic and slightly pitted acne scars on my cheeks. I have a couple of questions prior to its arrival, though:

- How often should I use this roller? I see some people saying to only use the 1.0 mm roller once every 2 weeks or so for acne scars and I see others saying that it's okay to use it daily. The latter sounds like it would be waaayyy too aggressive of a treatment but I could be wrong. Plus, I have pretty tough skin to boot so I'm not sure if skin texture is a factor in this or not.

- How hard should I rub the roller on my skin? The general verdict I keep hearing is that softer is better even though even though to some it seems like it wouldn't be. But after seeing some videos with doctors rubbing the roller on their patients' skin very roughly and causing some pretty heavy bleeding (I know some bleeding is normal, but there was quite a bit in the videos I saw), I'm not sure if rolling roughly is the right way to go or not.

- Can I continue to use Retin-A on the areas I have rolled? I've been using Retin-A for a while now and I keep reading mixed responses on using Retin-A in conjunction with a roller. Some say it can penetrate deeper and help scars more when used after needling and others say it's detrimental.

- Can I just clean the roller with hot water, a bit of soap, and soak it in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes afterward?

Any constructive help would be appreciated since I really want to get these questions answered before my roller arrives so I can use it properly and not cause further damage. Thanks. Posted Image

I did a ton of research before I dermarolled and everything I read says 1.5mm dermaroller is the minimum length  because anything smaller will not go deep enough to stimulate collagen production. The smaller length needles like the size you purchased are used so that your topicals could penetrate better. You can roll everyday with smaller lenghts. If you are using a needle length of 1.5mm or longer, then you should roll once every 6 weeks or like someone on here said you can wait longer but never sooner because you need to give the collagen time to form. If you roll too soon, you'll just break up the collagen.

I have been rolling for almost 1 1/2 years and have actually been documenting my progress through a blog with photos (I've had to skip a few sessions due to cystic acne on the area that I roll. Don't roll the areas where you have active acne because it could spread bacteria). If you can, take photos so that you can see the changes. I had a ton...like over 20 small holes from cystic acne. they were on both sides of my lips. They were old scars and have filled in nicely. The only problem is the area is a little bumpy but I had the same problem last year when my skin started to repair itself so I got professional microdermabrasion done (my derm recommended it to smooth out the newly formed skin) and it made my skin look like a baby's bottom. Also, I spent a ton of money on micro and was doing it every 2 weeks for like 3 months or so and then continued after that once a month for a few months. So it takes time. Micro won't help raised scars...the area that was bumpy was more like rough skin so it got smoothed away. I I also had a bigger scar (not huge but bigger than the small little ones) and that filled in about 50% and there hasn't been much change since. I also have a line scar I got from poking at a cyst and it's in my smile line so it makes my smile line look longer :( I thought the scar had improved but it was a fluke ( I was looking at it from a different angle with different light so it wasn't as noticable) but it's still there. So, in other words, I don't think the dermaroller works on line scars or  really big scars. Just little ones and it will improve mediumish ones...but that's just me. It may be different for you. Oh I also noticed that it's taking longer to work on the new scars. Seems to work better on older scars.
I, too, have read that Retin A (Tretinoin)could cause scarring while you roll but I've also heard people say it heals scars. I am too scared to try it. My son has some prescription Rentin A that he never used but like I said I am too scared to use it. I don't want to cause extra damage to my skin.

I can't really describe the pressure but roll hard enough to cause a little bit of pinprick bleeding. Don't freak if you hear popping noises when you roll. that's just scar tissue breaking up...

I always soak my roller in alcohol for about 30 minutes before and  after I use it. I also will soak it half way through my wait time (since I wait 6 weeks to roll, I'll soak it at week 3). Better safe than sorry. I also wipe the areas I'm rolling with alcohol.

I use a Dr. Roller. I spent about $50 on it but it was the best I could find. At least, that's what I read from all my research. The needles are stronger and staggered so more skin gets pricked. I have not had to replace my roller yet ...always check your needles before you roll . Make sure they aren't bent because that could cause damage to your skin.  Also, in order to prevent track marks on your face, lift the roller after each roll. So when you roll down, lift the roller before going up...hope that makes sense. Lifting the roller also helps with making sure you are not pricking the same spot over and over again. I roll 15 times in every direction.

I've been using retinal cream on my skin since I started rolling and that helps A LOT. I got my cream from Sally Beauty Supply for $10 and am very happy with it. It's called Skincare Cosmetics  RETINOL (and has 400,000 I.U's of Vitamin A....whatever that means?) I use the day cream.  

Oh and I don't think it's a good idea to use a dermroller on Hypertropic scars. The dermaroller stimulates collagen production so I am assuming that would make the scar get bigger. I'm not a professional so I don't know for sure but that's my guess. If it were me, I'd only use the roller on the pitted scars.

Sorry for the long post...just wanted to share what I've learned. Hope I helped.