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Dermarolling / Microneedling / Dermastamp Frequency
« on: November 13, 2011, 04:25:19 PM »
Thank you for your praise!

  Stamp you scars every two weeks with the 1 mm dermastamp. When the time has come to replace your 1 mm dermastamp with the 1.5 mm dermastamp, stamp every three weeks.

  If your skin is thick, you can stamp slightly more frequently.

  It is a good idea to combine stamping with a 0.5 mm dermaroller. You can roll twice a week.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Medical spa-- skin snagging?
« on: November 13, 2011, 03:53:16 PM »
The track marks will go away. I also get them in certain areas.

  If you had three dermarolling sessions, the dermaroller has been used for three times only (unless they use a new one every time).  It is highly unlikely that three rollings would completely blunt the needles. There is no way a medical spa could use the same dermaroller on several customers (they would lose their license or worse) so it has been used at most three times.

  The advantage of home dermarolling is that you can always check your needles every time before you roll, and stop as soon as you feel that something is wrong. The skin's main purpose is to protect and that is why the skin is flexible but really tough and it is not easy for the needles to penetrate it.  I recommend softening the skin prior to dermarolling (my answer is #3): /a>


  We have rolled with our dermaroller over a cardboard box and the needles did not bend. The material of the needles (surgical steel) is hard but it can be bent (microneedling needles have to be thin and bending is better than breaking off, which would happen with harder materials).

  Ideally, the needles of a dermaroller would be made from a material that doesn't bend at all, doesn't break and stays sharp forever. Such material doesn't exist in the consumer realm.

  If the needs were for example from ceramics, they would not bend but they would break and the broken off fragments would stay inside your skin. That would be a complete disaster.

  Surgical steel doesn’t break (#1 importance) and remains sharp for a reasonable time but it is not completely bend-proof material.

  If you find a bent needle on your dermaroller and it is not bent really badly, push it back and you can continue using it.

  Peony, I think it will all turn out OK.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / acne scars really bugging me now
« on: November 13, 2011, 02:40:52 PM »
I think a 1.5 mm dermastamp would be perhaps more suitable in your case because your scars are localized to one area and the rest of your skin seems to be good. But using a dermaroller is also totally OK.

I am not sure what you mean by "skin which scars VERY easy with any kind of rapid gain or weight loss.."

  You mean you get stretch marks with rapid weight gain or what kind of scars are you referring to?

Four days of redness after dermarolling is not unusual. Some temporary hyperpigmentation of the rolled area is also normal and it should subside.

  It is however possible that your skin overreacted to dermarolling and produced more pigment in the surrounding skin instead of producing pigment in the stretch marks only.

  Did you get hyperpigmentation in the surrounding skin after each dermarolling and if yes, did it eventually subside?

  If you have just a few stretch marks, use the single needles. Single-needling is a much more targeted treatment than using a narrow roller or even a one-liner. It will enable you to target the stretch mark precisely, avoiding the surrounding skin.

I don't especially recommend any kind of dermabrasion crystals, no.

Fine salt, baking soda or ground coffee are approx. 100 times cheaper way of effective exfoliation. But of course you can use whatever you prefer.

As to your other link: I can't comment on all the millions of products out there and we strongly discourage posting links to products here. This forum is intended to answer customer questions about our own products only - that already takes nearly all my available time, sorry.

I am flooded with questions regarding the efficacy of various creams, serums, oils etc. The thing is that I cannot evaluate the merits of hundreds of various products.  On top of that, a proper evaluation can only be done by an independent study, in which a cream is applied for example on the left half of the face of 20 individuals for three months and at the end there is a comparison to the right part of the face where the cream had not been applied. There is no way I can conduct such studies.


  Do not overdo it with the exfoliation frequency.  Exfoliation is good but it removes the natural oils from the skin and if performed too often, you can end up with dull, dry skin.  If oils are removed, the skin replaces them but it takes some time and too frequent exfoliation makes it difficult for the skin.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Old leg scar/ will dermarolling help?
« on: November 10, 2011, 03:11:50 PM »
Your scar is an excellent target for dermarolling, provided the infection is gone and the tissue is not painful to the touch. I suggest you use a 1.5 mm dermastamp on your scar every 3-4 weeks. Stamp the scar itself and stamp slightly over the borders of the scar as well.

In your case, it would be a good idea applying the A-Ret gel immediately after stamping.  You do not need any other products but keep the scar moisturized for many days after stamping.

  Just out of curiosity, what caused your skin infection?  Did you injure your skin and the injury got infected?

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Breakouts at 30??
« on: November 10, 2011, 01:28:59 PM »
This posting used to be in now removed category "General".

Anna posted:      

  >ok, so i used to have really bad acne all throughout highschool and early 20's then  miraculously by around 26-27 my skin cleared up and stayed clear till this past fall. whaaat  is the deal? i feel like im going >through puberty all over again. My diet has not changed  really i  know what foods break me out and i avoid them, so what can be wrong? also my  periods are very irregular for the first time in my life and last >month it completely skipped  me and im not even pregnant. Should i be worried? and is there a way to fix all this besides  going to the traditional doctor and get prescribed birth control pills for the period and  >antibiotics for the acne, i know thats what theyll do and that is why id rather just take care of  it on my own. please help i appreciate your insight on health issues. Thank you, Anna.

SarahVaughter replied:        

  Acne is commonly caused/affected by male sex hormones.

Also females produce a small amount of male sex hormones.

The fact that you do not suddenly have regular periods and you even have missing periods indicates you probably have a hormonal problem. This is not normal at your age (you are not in menopause yet).You should definitely see a gynecologist and have a hormonal check-up. You may have
Polycystic ovary syndrome or some other hormonal disorder.

Polycystic ovary syndrome:

"The principal features are obesity, anovulation (resulting in irregular menstruation or amenorrhea), acne, and excessive amounts or effects of androgenic hormones."

Not everyone with
Polycystic ovary syndrome is obese or has all of the above stated symptoms.

Anna replied:        


this makes a lot of sense. im not theoretically considered obese im 5'7 and weigh 185 but i am overweight. after i had my 2nd child 2 years ago i have not been able to drop the pregnancy weight and the past few months is when the period irregularities started. i was never overweight before that so i never had problems with my period. I will still see a gyno about this to be safe because my sister had cysts in her ovaries which they treated her with birth control pills, however would you say that by dropping some weight it may resolve without the need of pills?

SarahVaughter replied:      

  It is a known fact that many obese women with Polycystic ovary syndrome improve when they drop in weight.

The fact that you suddenly have irregular and missing periods and acne strongly indicates hormonal imbalance (sex hormones) but you have to consult a gynecologist to confirm this and find out what the exact cause is and what your options are to resolve/treat it.

Anna replied:        

  yeah deffinitely so I can at least know if that's what's happening, thank you so much!

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Excess skin with dramatic weight loss
« on: November 10, 2011, 12:40:22 PM »
This posting used to be in now removed category "General".



[FONT="]Our forum member Soon posted:[/FONT]

>I'm looking for advise on how to lessen the amount of excess skin I will have

>while losing weigh. I've lost 20kg with another 40kg to go.

>I know its inevitable that I will have excess skin & that many factors determine

>the outcome. I'm trying to find out if anything

> applying vit C serum to whole body, dry brushing, vitamins etc

>This forum is honest & direct so thanks for your time and knowledge



     [FONT="]Sarah Vaughter replied:[/FONT]



  First of all, congratulations with losing 20 kg. Mind sharing your method?

The skin usually copes quite well with losing 20 kg and you likely did not end up with lots of excessive skin or it will gradually improve by itself but losing a further 40 kg will result in lots of loose skin.. There is no way a dermaroller or anything else could fix such excessive skin. You will probably need plastic surgery to remove it. You should exercise a lot to build muscle - that can help a little with loose skin but there is no way that dry brushing or vit. C or anything like that can prevent loose skin after such weigh loss.



  Here is the amazing story of David Smith who lost 180 kg and had skin  reducing surgery. He lost three times more than you are planning so you  will not have such excessive skin as he had but it is always good to get  inspired by such a successful weight loss.,1,4,incredibly_slimming_down_27_pics.html


Other photos to get inspired: Some of these guys appear to be using anabolics though and some ladies got silicone implants but anyway:



[FONT="]Soon replied:[/FONT]



  I'm more than happy to share.

FOOD- I've stopped eating refined sugar and wheat (I use gluten free flour & spelt)

I was a vegetarian for 20yrs (its a myth all are thin & healthy) as per doctors advise I now eat fish & poultry.  That was a hard thing to do but my physiology was being sacrificed for my  ideology.

I stopped junkfood, soda & coffee. Instead, now drink water with fresh lemon juice and a little cayenne pepper, 30ml of wheatgrass & water daily. I eat more vegetables than I used to. This one is controversial but I follow "the blood group diet" by about 80%. My doctors tests results give  evidence to it.

EXERCISE- 1 hour per day (all at home) alternating between treadmill, ball with weights & yoga dvds. Also I  try to meditate daily as I have diagnosed O.C.D. more the "O" side of it.



Dermarolling / Microneedling / Can a dermaroller cause more scars?
« on: November 09, 2011, 10:20:21 AM »
Wait with Infadolan until your next roll.


  Use the dermaroller that you already have on your stretch marks.

  Dermarolling often darkens the color of white stretch marks. Summarized feedback from our customers:>

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Old Non-Acne Scars, Acne Nose Scars
« on: November 08, 2011, 12:01:45 PM »
You can use a dermaroller on raised scars. Dermarolling improves raised scars. It should not be used on keloid scars though.

  The difference between a keloid and a raised scar is that a raised scar is raised but it is more or less within the boundaries of the original injury. Keoloid scars totally outgrow the original boundaries of the injury and they grow in all directions. A person prone to keloids can get a huge scar merely due to a bug bite or vaccination..

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Can a dermaroller cause more scars?
« on: November 07, 2011, 12:55:30 PM »
It depends where you roll. If you roll your face and long term use of Infadolan protective ointment causes you breaking out, use it only directly after dermarolling and no longer.

  If you roll on your body, use it directly after dermarolling and for at least five more days.  If you are single-needling stretch marks, use it for at least ten days.

  Apart from other things, Infadolan prevents the evaporation of water from the skin and thus keeps the skin moisturized.  It is important to keep the skin moisturized after dermarolling.

  About causing more scars:  In some very rare cases, dermarolling exposes some semi-hidden acne scars that were below your skin and they were not so visible because there was a small layer of skin covering them. But the scar was there. Dermarolling uncovered those hidden scars because the dermaroller exposed the scar underneath.  Some customers reported that their acne-scarred skin actually looked worse after several initial rollings because all those "hidden" scars were exposed. But that was the first step to improve the scars. After that their scars significantly improved with long-term dermarolling.

  This also sometimes happens with needling ice pick scars. The scar basically collapses when you crush the hardened collagen and becomes shallower but wider due to the collapsed wall. It is just the first stage of improving it. Ice pick scars were more or less untreatable until dermarolling emerged on the scene and one cannot expect miracles, that it will be very easy to improve them..

Dermarolling results in individuals who used Accutane can be somewhat unpredictable. It seems that the skin of some Accutane users gets thinned and dried out and the healing is "abnormal". This usually lasts only a year or so after Accutane had been discontinued but in some rare cases it tends to last for years.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Old Non-Acne Scars, Acne Nose Scars
« on: November 07, 2011, 12:02:05 PM »
It would be best doing it both in one go but that approach is not the easiest.

 If you first stamp and then dermaroll, it is too painful to roll over freshly stamped areas and if you first roll and then stamp, the redness from dermarolling may prevent you from seeing the individual scars and target them with a dermastamp or the single needle.  

  Copper peptides became somewhat of a hype claiming to help with everything from baldness to psoriasis just like several websites claim that a dermaroller reverses graying hair, completely removes stretch marks and make breasts bigger (which is complete nonsense).

  Keratosis Pilaris is caused by skin pores being plugged by keratin. These plugs are quite strongly anchored, you can almost say they are "glued in" and quite some force is needed to remove them. You can remove the plugs either mechanically, for example with a pumice stone or dissolve the keratin with chemicals (keratolytics). Keratolytics soften keratin.  I do not know whether copper peptides have a keratolytic effect but even if they do, it would be a very expensive way to soften keratin. Salicylic acid is much cheaper and a very effective keratolytic. Removing the plugs mechanically is the cheapest and also a very effective way if you find the right frequency and pressure applied when you use the pumice stone.

  The skin on the back is one of the thickest in the whole body (apart from the soles of the feet) and using a 1.5 mm dermaroller should be OK but we have never had a customer using it on that area of the back.

Are your scars post-acne?

  You can use a dermaroller on the shins but it is quite painful because there is no fat to cushion the skin.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Lasting redness
« on: November 07, 2011, 08:01:56 AM »
Needling is a much more intensive treatment than dermarolling and the needled areas remain red longer. Even three weeks of redness is not exceptional. There is nothing wrong. The regeneration is in process.


  You can only judge your results after a much longer time than a couple of days after dermarolling. The results can be permanent but usually, the initial couple of day’s improvement right after dermarolling is due to temporary inflammation.


  Burning or itching sensation is also normal. The skin is being renewed and this causes all kinds of sensations, change in color, peeling et.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / We sell disinfectant now!
« on: November 05, 2011, 09:11:59 AM »
Chloramine-T is by far the most effective sterilizing agent, because it  acts two-fold. It goes to far too describe the chemical particulars, but  Chloramine-T's modes of action are both "traditional chlorine" and a  specific antibiotic action that has nothing to do with Chlorine but can  be compared to Sulfa antibiotics. That's why Chloramine-T is still used  to wash out wounds in hospitals.

However - quite a few people are allergic to chlorine compounds, and the  higher the concentration, the more likely such people will experience  itching or rashes. Since Chloramine is not dangerous, you could just try  a 2% solution, if you don't object to the chlorine smell.

If you keep the closed bottle in the fridge, it should keep for some weeks or months, as the decay of Chloramine-T in the dark and at low temp. is very  slow.

However, it is always best to make a new batch every month or so, which is easy to do, as it's just a matter of mixing the powder into a small bottle of lukewarm water and shaking it.

I'd not mix the Chloramine-T with salicyl powder, I think you meant mixing it with vit. C?

The Chloramine-T should be applied only for a short time. I think it  would be best to wipe it off, before rolling, with some demineralized  water (the water you put into a steam iron or a refilable car battery -  for sale in the pharmacy).

This to avoid that remnants of the Chloramine-T end up inside the  micro-holes in the skin. Dr. Des Fernandez prefers not to have any  chemicals enter the freshly microneedled skin, because it is not known if  they interfere with the inflammatory process needed for optimal  collagen formation.

Therefore he prefers not to use Betadine, because it is hard to remove it  fully prior to rolling. We know that alcohol works, since there are many  positive reports. Alcohol evaporates prior to rolling. Chloramine-T  does not. So if you use it, the best way would be to wipe it off with  demineralized water (that's sterile due to its manufacturing process).  If you don't, it is unknown whether it negatively interferes with the  collagen regeneration process. I think it's probably OK, but it is  impossible to be sure (nobody really knows).

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Laser liposuction burn scars
« on: November 03, 2011, 11:20:59 AM »
Necrosis is one of the risks with laser-assisted liposuction.

  If the liposuction was performed very recently, the burns may still improve a little by themselves.


  If your friend ended up with fat-necrosis (death of fat cells) below the skin, it is unfixable by dermarolling because dermarolling can only affect the skin itself and not the structures below it - such as fat. Are the burnt areas indented? I think the surgeon who performed the liposuction should inject the indentations with temporary or permanent (risk of uneven skin or nodules) filler. The best long lasting and relatively risk-free filler is injecting her own fat into the indented areas but I am not a plastic surgeon and I do not know whether it is suitable or possible in this case. Fillers will not improve the scars but they will improve the indentations.


  If the indentation is not caused solely by fat necrosis but also by the skin scar being anchored to the underlying structures (which often happens in burn scars), needling or targeted dermarolling of the scar will help releasing it.


  Skin scars that resulted from burns can be improved by dermarolling or needling. It will soften the scar, improve its color and perhaps slowly rebuild some of the skin tissue that is missing.


  Depending how wide the scars are, your friend should buy a 1.5 mm ONE LINER roller (if the scars are very narrow lines) or a 1.5 mm NARROW roller (this roller has three lines of needles - for wider scars).


  If the scars are not elongated (line-shaped) but more like a circular, oval, square etc shape: Buy a 1.5 mm dermastamp.