Saturday, August 13, 2011

1 Year of my Blog! Year Summary!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Oil Serum 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.

43 comments:

  1. I've been following your blog from the start and this is absolutely amazing!

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  2. Did you try to use the derma more often than every 3-4 weeks ?

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  3. I think I tried it once or twice but since the skin (cellular) turnover process takes about 40 days, this can't be a very good idea.

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  4. hi i have been using dermaroller 1.5 mm on my stretch marks since july 2011...till now i think i can say almost no change on d marks...i know it takes lot of patience...so will patiently do so atleast for 1 year.....

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  5. Yes, it can take a long time. Applying the right stuff before/while rolling can speed up the process.

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  6. Hi, I just wanted to know if you expect more better results and if you are going to continue rolling? And can you get new stretch marks by losing weight?
    Isn't needling more effective? Can better results show on more smaller spider-web-like stretch marks? Thanks!

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  7. To @Anonymous:

    1. I've now stopped rolling my stretch marks. I assume I could get better results if I kept going, but I'm satisfied enough with the current results, and, to be honest, having rolled for nearly a year, I'm a bit tired of it. These days I'm mostly rolling my face with a 0.25mm/0.5mm roller using Hyaluronic acid and lightening serums.

    2. I think you could always get new stretch marks if you lose weight very rapidly. I'd suggest using heavy moisturisers/collagen-serums etc while losing weight to reduce the number of stretch marks.

    3. Spider-web... I don't think the TYPE of stretch marks matter as much as their depth. If they marks more shallow then yes, they should be easier (and faster) to treat.

    4. About skin needling, while it *might* be more effective, I found that it's a lot harder to perform correctly than dermarolling. Dermarolling gets the job done.

    Good luck with your rolling! And let us know how it goes for you...

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  8. Hi, are your stretch marks pretty invisible in the daylight? Can you notice them without "much trying"? Can they tan?

    Were your stretch marks deep? Are there any other online blogs good to follow on fighting with stretch marks? Would you consider getting fraxel to treat them to more better results? So, basically you would recommend dermarolling for stretch marks. And you found this effective? Has this experience changed the emotional side about stretch marks? ( Kind of shame or uneasy feeling towards your body)? When did you start to see results?

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  9. Hi, So many questions! :)) I'll try to answer:

    1. The stretch marks are not so visible in daylight any more, and a lot less noticeable than before the treatment(s).
    2. What's left of them doesn't seem to tan.
    3. Yes, they were quite deep.
    4. See http://dermarolling4stretchmark.blogspot.com/
    5. I don't think I'll bother with laser... I'm good with the current results.
    6. Yes I find dermarolling quite effective for stretch marks. It's not 100% though.
    7. The emotional side is what makes us want to treat the stretch marks... So yes, it feels better to know that they are a lot less noticeable by others. They don't bother me any more.
    8. First results after 3 months, recent results after 1 year!
    Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Hi, did your butt stretch marks became less noticeable too? Or just your thighs? Thanks

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  11. My butt stretch marks are less noticeable but I must say the results were somewhat better on my thighs. I assume the reasons are A) the butt is a fleshier area, so perpahs the needles didn't go in deeply enough (event at 1.5mm) B) It's harder to reach with the roller.

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  12. Yours are the most impressive progress and results I have seen in my research on this method of treatment. Congratulations! You have inspired and motivated me to give this a go. Thank you much for sharing your experience.

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  13. hi!
    i just started my own blog and have followed yours. maybe we can link? not sure how it works since im new. also interested in your results and look forward to your pictures. go dermarollers!

    http://stretchmarkjourney.wordpress.com/

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  14. Hi I have stretch marks everywhere, stomach, sides, lower back, upper arms, shoulders, arm pit, 3 lines on my left knee, even 2 smalls ones on the crest of my arm, which type should I use? How many times a week should I do this? How long? THANKS!

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  15. I would use a 1.5mm once every 3-4 weeks for a year or so. In this case of large areas of stretch marks I would also consider laser.

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  16. I have to say that is quite amazing. I think I might buy one of these Derma Rollers. I have nothing to loose. I might also start a blog to show people how it has helped me out. My strech marks because i'm only 17 just look like scars. Hopefully this will help me out.

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  17. Great! If you do start a blog please give me a link :)

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  18. Wow I was shocked when I found out you put cannabis into your skin. I thought only stoners used that drug. I guess you learn something new everyday.

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  19. lol.. Actually it's cannabis OIL. It is made from different parts of the plant so unfortunately you cannot get high by sniffing it ;) A lot of skin care products now contain cannabis oil, BTW.

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  20. Don't worry I promise you i'm not a cop. I was just really suprised when I found this out. It was a big shock to me that something we turn our noses too can be such a great product. I guess there are real benefits behind cannabis.

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  21. You mention above that you think you could have got better results. What percent do you think you could get?

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  22. 70-80% perhaps? Not more than this... But I think 60% will be more than enough for most people (as a confidence booster)

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  23. I ordered my own derma roller thanks to your great advice. It is the 1.5 inch derma roller. I plan on using it for a year like how you did. Hopefully this is a good solution. In the meanwhile I have been using Bio-Oil. I'm not sure what you think of this stuff. When my Derma Roller arrives should I keep using Bio-oil or should I stop using it. Also what kind of stuff should I use when i'm using my Derma Roller. is there any kind of cream that I should use when it? thanks for your help. :)

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  24. From the list of ingredients it seems you CAN use bio-oil while rolling, but I must say I have tried this stuff and wasn't too impressed with the results. I would use a Collagen inducing serum such as one containing vit. A and D, MHA, etc. And vitamin C regardless of rolling. The website you have 10% off of (www.dr-roller-shop.com) has some interesting serums and masks for use with rollers. I like their "Placenta" serum.

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  25. Thanks for the advice. I'm still searching for a good scrum to use. I'm thinking about after since i'm a guy I might get a few neat tattoos that will blend in with my strech mark scars. I'm curious do tattoos help? Also girls like tattoos so that is another reason why.

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  26. Hello, I've been trying to learn a little more about derma rolling, and in the process I ended up coming across your blog. I wanted to ask you a question if that is alright. I was wondering: if someone is using the derma roller for the general purpose of improving skin thickness and stimulating collagen..does that mean that they would have to keep using it? If they stopped using it at some point, would things go back to how they were before? Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  27. Skin will eventually thin out as we age, nothing we can do about it. Dermarolling makes the body think that it's injured (without actually injuring it), triggering more collagen. If you use the roller for several months the results will stay for a significant period of time, but yes, eventually you will have to repeat the treatment. This is my understanding, anyway.

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  28. This blog is excellent, it's given me great advice and hope that I will see such great improvements! It's also inspired me to make my own blog - http://stretchmarkrhi.tumblr.com/

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  29. Thanks for sharing! Your stretch marks are not as bad as mine were, so I think you have a good chance of succeeding. BTW,, I see that you are using Bio-Oil. I wonder if you think it's effective? I ordered it a while ago and used about half a bottle but stopped because I was not impressed by it.

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  30. woah amazing!! thank you

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  31. Hello I was wondering approx. how many min. you would roll? I've heard of professionals rolling for 30 min sessions do you think it is necessary to roll for that long to see results?

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  32. (sorry, was away for a while) You don't need to roll on the same area more than 4-6 times, each time in a different direction. Rolling more than that is just useless.

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  33. Hi wouldn't it be more effective if the 1.5 derma roller was used more often than 3-4 weeks?

    Also my stretch marks are extremely dark and I have them on my hips since I was 12 I am now 21 and they haven't faded the slightest. I have got new ones on my arms, boobs, bum and down my leg it's really affecting me as I am so young and I am not even overweight I gained a mere stone which I have now lost.

    Do you have any tips on how to get speed up the process? I was thinking of rolling the 1.5 derma roller with pressure and allow it to heal 3-4 weeks and using it maybe 3 times a week very mildly and applying oils twice a day.

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  34. Hi. Do yourself a favour and don't roll the 1.5mm more often than 3 weeks. You can do what I did which is, in between roll lightly with a 0.5mm (or 0.25mm) with a oils/serums. Good luck! p.s. Vitamin C should be applied regardless of dermarolling sessions.

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  35. I absolutely adore your blog. And I thank you for being a real person... if you are, I mean you could be lying you just may be a robot who's programmed by derma roller companies... haha ok dumb joke. But I believe you said in another blog you were using a 1.5mm derma roller? Your results are excellent (and the reason why I'm buying the derma roller) but I wondered if the results would have been greater had you used a 2mm -2.5mm derma roller. I read on a site by some lady who works in a clinic, that 2mm-3mm is recommended. Another woman said the same thing. They said you can use 1.5mm but the results are greater with 2mm-3mm.

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  36. Oh and you said in the comment above derma roller users will have to keep derma rolling? Why is that? Is it because the collagen will keep thinning out...? Or something?

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  38. @Lisa..Thanks for the compliments. Yes I am a real person as far as I'm aware :)
    If you think you can endure the pain of a 2 mm, then go for it! It may be better, I don't know, I didn't have the courage to try it. I guess if you go for it you will need to really numb your skin beforehand. Even the 1.5 mm can be quite painful in some parts, so you need to numb your skin.

    About my comment - I don't think stretch marks are likely to come back after you've treated them with a dermaroller. But wrinkles, loss of collagen etc. , you may need to roll again after a year or two to maintain the results.

    I wish you good luck with your treatment!


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  39. Great blog and really informative - thanks so much!

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  40. Hi im not sure if already posted, well done for the amazing blog andfor the resuts you have achieved,I would love to include a link to your blog on my blog Woul that be ok, it would be great to show my readers that my results are not a scam and so they can see other peoples brilliant results. My ugly stretch marks have improved by 70%. im so happy. well done. My results are here http://adf.ly/JVFmE

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  41. Hi I'm gonna start rolling however I'm not gonna use the serums or oi due to it seeping in my system I think its a bit strong do you think it will still work given the science of "injure to heal process" regardless is I use a cream?

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    1. Yes I do... It will be better than not rolling at all, anyway. How about coconut oil though?

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