|What is a "derma-roller"?|
For more details see my post: What's a Derma (skin) Roller?.
|What is it good for?|
|Is it safe for home use?|
|Is this blog related to Dermaroller(TM)?|
This blog is not affiliated or related in any way to the derma roller brand called "Genuine Dermaroller(TM)". The term "derma roller" used in this blog is merely a descriptive name for the general princriple of a roller used on the skin (derma=skin), and should not be confused with any specific roller brand.
Just to make things clear, I do not sell anything other than my skin serum, nor do I get any payment for linking to any website that sells skin needling equipment for home use.
|How can I get the original Dermaroller(TM)?|
|How to choose a derma roller brand and the needle length?|
For detailed information see this article: How to choose a skin (derma) roller.
|How does it work exactly?|
However, even the doctor who supposedly invented the (original) Dermaroller(TM) isn't 100% sure why it's working, as you can see in this interview.
Personally, as long as it works, I don't really care much for the reasons.
|Where is the best place to buy a roller?|
Recently, however, I decided to approach several online shops that I think are good, offering to link to them in the condition that they will provide readers of this blog with a significant discount.
Several shops responded positively, and I chose the one I like the most:
If you shop on their site upon checkout enter the following coupon : newroller and you will get $5 off on your order!
For more details click here.
|Is the skin roller painful to use?|
|Should I buy the 0.2mm size roller?|
|How exactly do I perfom a rolling session (sterilize the roller, clean the skin, roll etc.)?|
|Can I use the roller on any part of my body?|
|How often should I roll an area?|
For stretch marks, 1-3 treatments are recommended, 6-8 weeks apart. For the face, 3-6 treatments, 3-4 weeks apart. The reason for the long intervals is supposedly the time it takes for the skin to heal. When injured, the skin builds itself in 3 phases, which continue long after the initial inflammation. The idea is that using the roller too often will disrupt this process and eventually delay the results, or worse.
I have seen some respectable sites saying that you can use a 0.5mm roller (on the face) up to 5 times a week (at least for the first 3 months).
On forums, some people report that they are using a 1.5mm roller on the body once or twice a week. This seems wrong, the body doesn't recover that fast.
My personal "compromise" is (and I don't guarantee that it's correct) :
1 treatment every 3 weeks (at minimum) for stretch marks and scars (with a 1.5mm roller).
twice a week for a 0.5mm roller and
once every two weeks if using a 1.0mm roller.
|How much pressure should I apply when rolling?|
I suggest to always start rolling gently and then gradually increase the pressure AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. You generally do not have to worry about pushing too hard, because there is no risk getting the needles deeper than their own length. For example, if you're using a 1.5 mm roller, then even if you push very hard, you won't get the any deeper in the skin than 1.5mm.
The best indication of a job well done is your skin getting red. Red means inflammation, which is what we want in this case. Of course, some people do have more sensitive skin than others. My skin, for example, gets red even at the slightest touch.
Regarding pinpoint bleeding - If your skin is thick enough like mine then you will not get ANY bleeding, and that's fine. You DON'T need to bleed to get results. Again, just be sure that you are applying enough pressure.
|When can I expect to see results?|
Some people report seeing results after only a week or two, it's more likely that they're just misinterpreting the inflammation (redness) of the skin as improvement. Check out my Stretch Mark Diray to see own personal progress over time.
|Do I need to use any after-care products?|
However, I found that applying virgin coconut oil at least 30 minutes after the end of treatment, really calms the skin and minimizes any irritation caused by rolling.
|What cream or serum should I apply while rolling?|
I have tried a lot several products for rolling (Retin-A, Scacare C&E, Meso Cell Lift Up, Infadolan, just to name a few), and I believe that only those containing some form of vitamin A showed signs of working.
This includes Rose Hip oil (natural form of Tretinoin, the active ingredient in Renova).
I am currently using my own formula (I call it "Skin Restore Serum" ) which is a blend of more than 10 powerful natural oils that work together to regenerate the skin. This formula proved to be highly effective, and to the request of several readers I recently made it available for purchase.
For more details about the serum click here.
|How long does a microneedle roller last? How do I know if I need to replace it?|
|Is this really a personal blog? Why aren't you revealing your real name? etc...|
Well, it was - BY ME! Design is my life job and this blog is just a hobby I keep. I don't get ONE CENT for publishing in this blog. Nobody and no company pays me to link to their website. If they ever do, I will let you know.
About my identity, the reason I don't reveal it is simply because I'm too embarrassed about my stretch marks and have no desire that my colleagues will be able to look up my name and come up with pictures of my butt! This is the only reason I don't publish my full name.
If I mention any product or company here, it's only because I have actually used them (after I bought them paying full money). The results I report are according to what I experience, and there's the pictures to prove it. That's all.