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Dermarolling / Microneedling / Fraxel and Dermarolling
« on: March 20, 2012, 04:08:11 PM »
You have asked the same questions in another forum posting so my answer is there. Yours is #7:!


  >You mentioned to the other lady who used fraxel that she may not get great results

>from dermaneedling because of her specific issues


  I guess you mean my comment in this forum posting:


  "Concerning dermarolling, I am not sure what to expect because you underwent a Fraxel Repair procedure, which is a very intensive treatment. It vaporizes fractions of the skin and can go up to 1.6 mm into the skin. It works on the same principle as dermarolling - causing very small skin injuries not serious enough to become a scar but big enough to trigger healing/regeneration processes that result in improved, rejuvenated skin.

Lasers injure the skin by heat, dermarollers do it mechanically.

Since you underwent a treatment that is based on the same principle and did not get any results, I do not think you can expect miracles from dermarolling."



Well, it just means that if you underwent several deep Fraxel laser treatments and you got no results, it is not very probable you will get extraordinary results from dermarolling.


    I will answer your question about our A-Ret creams later in a new sticky thread with the title: "Questions about our three A-Ret creams".

Yes, the results are comparable. A dermastamp is more targeted but slower and some customers find it less painful than a dermaroller.

   If your pores are already small then try to be content and do not take any chances trying to make them even smaller with dubious methods.  Try to improve just the scars or oiliness.


  I get lots of emails from customers who underwent dermabrasion, deep peels, laser treatments, IPL etc. for enlarged pores and it made their pores even worse. Pores are quite unpredictable.


    To unclog your pores, you can try this:

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Acne Scar Advice
« on: March 19, 2012, 08:07:37 PM »
You seem to have quite thick skin and deep scars. In your case I would recommend:


- 2 mm dermastamp (stamp the scars every month. You do not have to insert the full length of the needles into the skin or at least not in your first session. Some pinpoint bleeding is expected). You do not have to stamp all your scars in one session. When you have time, stamp the scars on one cheek and some days later or when you have time, stamp the other cheek.

Be patient, it will take some time to see results. When the dermastamp gets blunt, replace it.

     - The single needles - you seem to have several ice pick scars and the single needles are the only tool that can effectively get into them. The wall of the ice pick scar may collapse after needling and this will make the scar wider but shallower. There is no other way to improve this type of scars than collapsing its walls and start from there. Further needling will slowly fill in the scar or at least partially fill it in. First needle the scar with the single needle and immediately after, stamp it with the 2 mm dermastamp.


    - 0.5 mm dermaroller (roll the whole face three times a week). This should diminish the red spots on your cheeks. The A-Ret helps with post acne red spots as well.

The best approach to combat hyperpigmentation is to constantly protect it from the sun. The majority of pigmentations are melanin related. Melanin pigment is produced in our skin upon sun exposure to prevent the DNA damage. Melanin functions as a UV filter. An uneven distribution of melanin pigment in the skin is what causes hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. Melanin can also be produced in the skin as a result of a skin trauma such as laser treatment, a burn, a cut, acne, a bug bite etc.


  Dermarolling is very successful with acne scars or post acne marks but much less with dilated pores:


  Pores are not scars and there is currently no method to reliably and permanently reduce pore size. Dermarolling is worth trying since several of our customers wrote us their overall skin texture and pore size improved with dermarolling. They mainly used a 0.5 mm regular roller, some used the single needles or a dermastamp.

  On the other hand, regular dermarolling often unclogs pores and clean pores actually look deeper than plugged pores (the plugs flatten them).


  Your choice is good. Buy a 0.5 mm dermaroller (skin texture and hyperpigmentation) and a 1.5 mm dermastamp (for the scars).


  You can apply your vit. C and hyaluronic acid after dermarolling with the 0.5 mm roller (if it doesn’t irritate the skin too much, otherwise dilute it).


  You should apply the A-Ret on the days you're not rolling.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Dermastamp Questions...
« on: March 18, 2012, 06:08:46 PM »
1.     Yes.


  2.     Yes but do not use it on pussy pimples..

  3.     You should always stamp multiple times. Stamping a scar or a mark or anything just once is not enough. Stamp the same spot at least six times in the same session.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Dermaroller BODY. Please advice
« on: March 18, 2012, 06:08:00 PM »
Yes, your routine is very good.  If you do single needling for stretch marks, there is no need to roll with the 1 mm in between your monthly sessions, however rolling with a 1 mm roller is useful for skin tightening (tightening the skin was your goal as well). Roll the skin only once a week with the 1 mm roller.


  Fingers crossed for you!


  If you have too many stretch marks, spread out the single needling over one month. Needle several stretch marks (always different ones) whenever you have time until they are all done. Try to needle them all in one month. It is better to needle five stretch marks a day but needle them densely and thoroughly.


  Yes, you can take the MSM. You should not apply strong anti-inflammatory creams immediately after dermarolling. A day later is already OK.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Inflammation after microneedling
« on: March 18, 2012, 04:54:39 PM »
I really don't think you can get such a reaction three weeks post-rolling..


  Inflammation after dermarolling does not last long:


  Getting an infection three weeks after dermarolling that was healing OK also doesn't seem plausible at all.

  Have you used A-Ret ?


  Could it be an allergic reacting to something?  Have you applied a new cream, sunscreen, cleanser or anything?


  What did the doctor say?


  Have you had this type of reaction before?

Age spots are dark because they contain more melanin than the surrounding skin. Melanin is the pigment that determines the color of our skin. When our skin is exposed to the sun, the skin produces more melanin as a natural protection – melanin absorbs UV. Age spots are usually a result of sun damage. They are not age spots, they are in fact sun spots.


To get rid of age spots, you should speed up the turnover of the skin with a 0.2 mm dermaroller. Roll both your hands and your forearms every second day or so. Apply your hyaluronic acid cream right after rolling.


  To address the crepey skin, you have to reach the dermis part of the skin to trigger collagen. Roll both your hands and your forearms every 10-14 days with a 1 mm dermaroller. Put more pressure on the roller when rolling the forearms than rolling the hands, especially if you have visible veins on your hands.


  Continue applying the A-Ret. Three times a week is enough. If the skin gets irritated/dry, reduce it to twice a week.

  Continue using the vit. C. It will help preventing the sun damage. You do not have to apply it every day.


  You must protect the skin from the sun, otherwise the spots will reappear. Use a high factor sunscreen every day. If you apply Infadolan on your hands, apply the sunscreen first.


  Dermarolling will not help with the dryness of your hands.

  For the back of your hands, I recommend the Infadolan ointment that we sell. Apply just a little every morning. It is a semi-occlusive ointment that prevents water evaporation from the skin and thus keeps it extra moisturized. Using water-based creams or glycerin on the skin does not moisturize it for more than several minutes. Topically added water actually increases the evaporation of water from the skin. The skin contains enough water. The top layer of the skin works as a barrier that prevents evaporation from the skin. If this barrier doesn't work properly or is temporarily compromised, the skin becomes dry. Adding water does not solve this. Establishing a barrier that prevents water evaporation solves it. That is why oils are much better moisturizers than any light moisturizing cream because oils form a film on the skin that prevents the evaporation of water.

Long term dermarolling will improve sun damaged, pigmented forearms and hands.


  Prior to dermarolling:

  Buy a pumice stone. Give your forearms (not hands) a very good scrub. Let it heal. When healed from the pumice scrub:

  Week 1:

Day 1 - dry brushing, vit. C application (as explained in our instructions)

Day 2 - apply Tretinoin (A-Ret)

Day 3 - dry brushing, vit. C application

Day 4 - apply Tretinoin

Day 5 - apply nothing. Give your skin a break

Day 6 - dry brushing, vit. C application

Day 7 - apply Tretinoin



  Do both the arms and the hands but be gentle with dry brushing your hands.

  If the skin gets too irritated, reduce the frequency of applications or apply without dry brushing.

Week 2:  The same as week 1.


  The skin will get really dry and will start peeling. Use Infadolan to ameliorate the dryness.


  I have to go now. I will add to this posting tomorrow.

Your question is more or less answered here in my reply #4:

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Hyperpigmentation - Acne
« on: March 15, 2012, 11:53:23 AM »
Yes, print the invoice and give it to them.

I can help you with it if you email me your order number or name.

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Dermarolling / Microneedling / Neck and dermarolling
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:12:36 PM »
You can certainly use your dermaroller on the neck. The lines will likely get shallower with dermarolling however the lines are continuously reinforced by bending your head. If the lines have been formed by skin folds that appear on the neck when you bend your head forward, you will not be able to prevent their re-appearance.

   Dermarolling can help preventing the loss of skin elasticity of the neck and it can thicken the skin but it cannot prevent the effects of gravity-loosening of the ligaments that run from the skin to the bone and holds the skin in place. As a result of ligament loosening, the skin starts to hang.


  Using a 0.5 mm every second day is already more than enough, even on thick skin.

Yes, I thought you could use the single needle on the raised part of the scar to crush it. Hopefully it will work.

I am delighted that dermarolling works for you!


  I agree with Soon. If you upper lip is less plump than your lower lip (most people have it this way) dermarolling cannot make the upper lip the same size as the lower one.

Dermarolling can perhaps improve lip creases and "refresh" the lips but it cannot really increase their size.


  Dermarolling the lips can sometimes trigger cold sores in people that are very prone to them.

  The skin on the lips is thin so take it in consideration when you choose the needle length.

  Do not forget to disinfect the lips. The mouth is full of bacteria.

Ouch - that must have been a nasty fall!


  I think your choice of instrument is very good and in your case, you do not really need any skin care products for the scar. Yes, I would recommend adding the single needle for even more targeted needling.


  The number of pricks on your photo seems to be also sufficient.


  If the scar doesn't improve in several months, you could try massaging the A-Ret into the scar immediately after needling.