This month my blog is celebrating its first year (can you believe it?), so I think it's time for me to try and sum up my whole derma roller experience and tell you what I think about it so far. (After all, you might remember, this blog started as an experiment to see if derma rollers really work!).
Allow me to begin at the end: My stretch marks have improved so much that lately I don't even feel I must continue and roll them anymore! If I had to talk in numbers I would say their appearance improved by 50%-60%.
See for yourself: (click a picture to see it in full size!)
Pretty neat, eh?
And to think just a few months ago my stretch marks looked like this:
Of course, the stretch marks are still there, but they are a lot more shallow and visible only when you look at it up close (which is, luckily, something that most people don't usually do ;)).
The following pictures were taken using the "macro mode" in my camera:
So, what did I do to achieve these results you ask?
There are 3 basic things:
- Derma rolling! Needless to say, I believe it's the derma roller that really made a difference. I mostly used a 1.5mm Dr.Roller on my stretch marks, with 3-4 weeks intervals between sessions. I used Emla to numb the skin before rolling so I could roll hard.
- Vitamin C serum. I made My own vitamin C serum using vit.C powder. I applied it independently of derma-rolling (otherwise it stings) every couple of days, especially in the days just before rolling, and also the following.
Again, I preferred to use my home made skin serum, which consists of several types of oils known for their skin healing properties, such as : Rose hip seed, Helichrysum Italicum, Evening Primrose, Carrot seed, Mustard and Cannabis .
I apply several drops directly before rolling and once more moments afterwards, massaging it gently onto my skin and leaving it one for a few hours.
Sometimes in between sessions I used a 0.5mm or a 1.0mm roller gently prior to applying this serum, again, just to help is get absorbed better.
Occassionally I applied a Retinyl acetate (vitamin A) ointment after rolling (can be bought at most pharmacies or ordered online).
If you're going to follow this plan, also add to that a lot of patience! Results were starting to really be visible only 4 months into this regime.
Other Skin Conditions
- Scars: I've been using the derma roller on a scar on my leg too and it is now virtually invisible (will add pictures later).
Brown Spots: I haven't had much luck treating hyperpigmentation with the derma roller. In one case it looked like it only made it worse. I believe that it might work if you apply some sort of (NATURAL) lightening skin product while rolling (arbutin, licorice and kojic acid come to mind).
I am now trying to treat small sun-induced pigmentation spots on my face using a derma roller (up to 0.5mm) with a product called Nano Collagen Whitening (I will report about it in a separate post).
- Dark Circles: I've made the mistake of using a long needle roller under the eye (even 1.5mm once). I was later told by a dermatologist that the skin there is too thin and delicate for this kind of therapy. So recently I've started a new plan for my under eye dark circles, in short, using a short-needle (0.25mm) derma roller with Hyaluronic Acid (see original post).
That's about it !
Are you too using a derma roller? If so, what are you trying to treat, and - how are your results so far?
Leave a comment below (or drop me an email) and share your experience.