Basically, you're rolling dozens of tiny needles all over your face, causing controlled injury to the layers of skin and forcing the body to increase collagen production. This improves, apparently, fine lines, scarring, hyperpigmentation, and skin firmness.
There are different needle lengths and the longer they are, the longer it takes to recover and the better off you are going to a specialist. And the longer they are, the more work they do to improve your skin's appearance.
I wanted to start out with the smallest just to be sure I wasn't going to accidentally hurt myself or mess up my sensitive skin. So, I went with the 0.25 mm dermaroller. I got titanium because it doesn't rust and it stays sharp. This length isn't really for pitted scarring, but it's supposed to coax your skin into soaking up the products you use more effectively. Which could help in a roundabout way by kick-starting my other routines again.
I eventually want to try the 0.5 mm at home as this is supposed to work for finer lines and shallower scarring. I do think that anything above that I would seek out the help of a professional esthetician.
What I'm doing:
I've been rolling twice a week, Sundays and Wednesdays for about a month. Moderate pressure in an up and down motion across each part of my face. Followed by a side to side montion. Once I've covered my whole face, I immediately stick the roller in alcohol to sanitize it. Then I apply a high quality vitamin c serum over the areas. Once that has soaked in I follow with a rose petal/witch hazel toner, and then a green tea/Jasmine moisturizer. You HAVE to use a vitamin c serum after rolling. And make sure you get a good serum with actual vitamin c in it. Not just a cheap one that lies to you. All of this aids in helping your skin heal more effectively and helps prevent infection.
Do not roll over active pimples. This will just spread the bacteria all over the rest of your face.
With the longer needles that get down further into your skin layers you'll have some bleeding, but I haven't had any with this.
• my skin feels so soft afterwards and by the time I apply the moisturizer it's like my face is made of whipped butter
• I feel like there has been an overall improvement in the tone of my skin
• I had a brand new hyperpigmentation scar on one cheek that seems to be fading and shrinking more rapidly than it I had not been doing this.
• the small needles don't hurt so badly after awhile, but it's definitely a weird sensation.
• I really think my products are able to work better and that there have been some small, but noticeable-to-me changes.
• I have really sensitive skin thanks to a way too active immune system. I find it I don't take an antihistamine at least an hour before rolling my skin is hot, itchy, and agitated with hives after I roll. If I do take the antihistamine, no problem. If you have a normal immune system that doesn't panic over every little thing, you should be fine.
• I have noticed some peeling on my chin and my nose. This is mentioned as a possible reaction, although I had not thought it would happen with such short needles. I just upped my exfoliation game on non-rolling days and moisturized.
• I'm probably not going to see any real results with this size roller, but I think it's best to ease myself into this to avoid any bad reactions and possibly really setting myself back.
So, yeah, so far so good. Nothing major, but it's only been a few weeks and it's hardly enough time for anything to work. Looking forward to keeping at it!
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After a month: