Sorry for the late reply, I have been busy the past days. I do have hyperpigmentation from acne breakouts from years past but they have faded by about 90-100%. My only problems are the shallow scars, large pores and the very recent PIH/macules that is no problem to me. I am also not really concerned as much about the large pores. Stamping so far, I have done 4 treatments on various areas have not caused the skin to produce more pigment. It made the area darker because of the trauma caused by the needles but those are temporary and with the daily use of polysporine and consumption of vitamin a,c,e, zinc, the areas I stamped have healed quite well with gradual improvement. The reason I chose the derma stamp because my scars are very minimal, shallow and scattered. If I post my picture, you guys might even critic me for worrying since I have very little scars but I am self conscious about how I look so I treat them. I will post the images soon. I just can't seem to get good lighting and my camera produces very big file sizes. I will try with my recently bought iPhone when I have the time. Thanks for following bud and good luck!
I am not quite sure with derma rolling and the extent of your scars but I believe blood needs to be seen for collagen induction to take place. I could be wrong of course. That is just how I go with my own business. I do not stop until I see blood and it is working quite well as of this moment.
UPDATE: The last area I stamped is fully healed, no more swelling, red patches, needle marks. The shallow scars I had there have filled in by 90% and are now unnoticeable. It was already quite faded to begin with so there is really nothing significant here but to see this improvement is amazing to me. At least I know that this painful treatment I am doing is working. I took 2 days off from work starting tomorrow so I decided to stamp. This time I stamped the area I worked on the very first time and I stamped another area with tiny macules and a few very shallow scars. The areas are swollen/red as of now. I am treating it with just polysporine. I am very curious to see how derma stamp affects macules. I will report if I see any improvements. As for pictures, I apologize I keep stalling. I will post pictures the coming days. Bear with me.
My acne scars are quite shallow and it is isolated in 2 areas. I think derma stamping or rolling would work and really eliminate and fade them well. I was also wondering, do you have any hyperpigmentation or dark/red spots that you also stamp? And has stamping so far caused the skin to produce more pigment and make the area darker? I heard that too much needling in an area can cause hyperpigmentation. And for the last question for now: Why did you choose the stamp over the roller? Sorry if my questions are really specific! And can't wait for those images.
UPDATE: The areas I stamped on January 2nd have healed by 95%. The areas are still both slightly darker than the rest of my skin but they are rather unnoticeable now. The first area I stamped was the one I already previously worked on. It has improved by another 5% from what I am seeing. It was already faded to begin with but the shallow scars there are filling in quite nicely. Actually I can already see the bottom of one scar which I have previously not seen before. I am very pleased about that. The second area I treated was the one with mostly macules. From stamping, I found out one which I thought was a macule was actually a mole (lol). Also, from a giant pimple I had in April 2012 which produced 2 very dark macules have faded by a very tiny shade. I am also very pleased with that. Maybe I will see more improvements after the areas go back to 100%. For now, I will not be doing any stamping since I am back in university. I cannot wait for a prolonged break so I can resume stamping. My goal will be to stamp as much as I can this summer and get as much improvement as I can by next school year (September). I will definitely post pictures of my scars and the areas I stamped. I can't seem to get good lighting to show my scars the best and my camera produces such high file sized images. I will try to take pictures with my recently bought iPhone when I have time. If you have more questions, feel free to ask. Thanks for following guys! I try to help out as much as possible!