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  1. What my dermatologist told me--the white spots were from overexposure to the sun----on tissue that had just healed from from a blemish (ie--big fat ugly zit!), and that killed the melanin producing cell. What the needling does, is pop through the white scar tissue, which allows some melanin cells to come through. Does that explaination make sense?
  2. yeah, I got that too from my acne- no big rolling or pitted scars; just chaulk white spots. For me, dermarolling with the 1.5mm roller and needling the specific spots with diabetic lancets have helped bring some pigment back. They're not even yet, but the spots aren't white anymore. I'm hoping I'll continue to get improvement over time.
  3. Andrew, I started with the roller you mentioned. Its fine, but width-wise, its only half as wide as many others, so it takes longer to roll. I have found out about the Dr Roller from another forum, and the quality of the needles is better, so it hurts less, and supposedly lasts longer. They have a 0.5mm, 1.0mm, and 1.5mm roller--but not a .75mm. If it was me, I'd go with the 1.0, but thats me. Here's the link http://dermarollers.com/index.html Best of luck, Robin
  4. Violet, I'm SO glad you're having such fantastic results. As you said, its trial and error. For me, the most frequent I've used my 1.5mm roller, is every other week. Like the .75mm roller, any redness is gone the next morning, but the Vit C serum and retin-a I apply after rolling triggers more dramatic peeling than it does with the .75mm. As for disinfecting-for me, I follow the novaderm suggestion- use roller only on myself (duh), and run hot water over roller after using, and let air dry
  5. Here's a site that describes the ingredients, how it works, how its applied. I bought mine on ebay, and applied it myself. There are things I think its worth paying a Dr to do- this wasn't one of them. Robin http://totaldermatology.com/pages/cosmelan.html
  6. Hi Dee, I hope the peel does the trick for your melasma. Over the last few years, I've done several TCA peels (15%), 3 Photofacials with levulan, and a 6 month regime with Obagi and retin-A. All those things helped with my skin texture, and evened out a lot of the sun damage, but frankly didn't make a noticable difference on my melasma- mostly on lower cheeks and sides of neck. Last winter (after reading posts on the skincarex melasma forums) I ordered the full cosmelan kit. First time I
  7. If you are used to that strength CP's, it's fine. Remember, any topicals you apply after needling go deeper, and have a bigger impact. That's a good thing, but if you have peeling or redness from a topical, after needling, it will be more-so. Robin
  8. I totally agree with eyeboy, you'll get the tiniest amount of pinpoint bleeding if you roll vigorously (which I do on the areas needing improvement ). Like, between my eyebrows, I'll pull the skin taught, then roll like crazy--same for specific scars I'm treating. My skin is fine by morning. The only place it hurts for me, is the skin above my lips. Best of luck to you! Robin
  9. Sorry, I meant Vit C not V. And when I finish rolling, I run hot tap water over the roller, air dry, and store it in the case it came in. I think the Thailand seller also sells some sort of disinfecting solution for the roller; but, when I got my first one- the 0.75mm, that seller recommended the hot water. I've never gotten any sort of infection, but obviously never share your roller with anyone else. Robin
  10. Yes, you can definitely use the 0.75mm roller daily, and, post rolling I use Vit V serum, followed by Retin-A. I roll in the evening; by morning the redness is gone. Robin
  11. wen, The 1.5mm roller does hurt more, and does cause a little bit of pin point bleeding- don't worry about that. I bought a topical anesthetic from Dermal Source, called Super-T. It works real well, but, for me, I'd rather deal with the discomfort for a couple minutes instead of waiting 10-15 for the topical to work. Having said that, there's certainly no shame in using a topical. From what I've read, if you get it done at a Dr's office, they apply a topical first. As for how often--some s
  12. Artic Monkey- I've also had success with needling for repigmentation. I've got a number of flat white scars from acne, that got too much sun during the healing process. Needling with diabetic lancets (10-20 pokes per scar going in from different directions), has improved them by about 50%. The spots are still lighter than the rest of my face, but no longer ghostly white. Hopefully over the winter, I can continue to get improvement. I also use a .75mm roller several times a week. Best of l
  13. Hi- I'm honestly not sure about this in relation to Accutane- a quick call to your Dr should answer it; but, for raised scars (post surgical in my case), I found the silicone gel not to be very effective. It was sticky and messy. What helped my scars was the silicone sheets. You can cut them to size, apply with a small strip of clear medical tape, and leave on overnight. You can buy these at any drug store. Curad is one of the brands available. Also, I think a solid piece of silicone would b
  14. deltaforce- my acne was uder control when I had the Fotofacials. I had finished a round of Accutane about 18 months earlier. Having said that, I've had very few minot breakouts post- fotofacial, so maybe it has helped in that way. From what I've learned since I finished the series (wish I knew this before), #1- I have very thick skin, so I should have had a microdermabrasion immediately prior to the levulan, and #2- no matter what the Dr tells you- if you don't get any redness and/or peeling
  15. It didn't work for me either. I got the Photofacials with levulan--nada Robin