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Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Dermarolling penile scar
« on: April 07, 2013, 05:14:42 PM »
You can dermaroll skin but not the mucous membrane and a part of the penis (such as the glans) is mucous membrane.

My opinion on this is that using long needles and risking some kind of potential injury to its dense nerve endings and vascularisation is not worth it. You can experiment at your own risk of course.

If you have inner scar tissue, I think you should consult a surgeon.

Yes, it is completely normal and to be expected not to get results after only two stampings.

Is the scar indented or raised?  Is it hyperpigmented or hypopigmented?

Scars are in the dermis part of the skin and a 0.5 mm dermastamp reaches the top of the dermis so it would be wiser to use longer needles, nevertheless, continue with your dermastamp but stamp the scar twice a week.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: just Checking 20% Vit C Solution
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:40:32 PM »
The tissue levels were the highest when the concentration of vit. C was 20%. For unknown reasons, a higher than 20% concentrations of vit. C  led to much lower tissue concentrations. You can see the table here:

However, it doesn’t mean it will automatically happen exactly like this in every single individual. If you skin can handle the concentration and you feel your skin "likes" it, you can increase it.

>Thank you for your reply. I have stamped once and there was pinpoint bleeding around the scars, but not on the scars themselves. Does this mean I did not break through the scar tissue?

Scar tissue is harder (dense collagen bundles) and it has much less blood supply than scar-free tissue so it usually bleeds much less.

>One scars color has improved and another scar seems to have gotten a little thinner. They are all still obvious, especially because they are shiny.

Good news!

>1) will stamping remove or improve the shininess of the scar tissue? 2) will stamping blend the edges of the scar with the surrounding skin?

Eventually it will, but it can take several months. If the scars are deep, they will never completely disappear, only improve. If they are shallow, they will disappear.

>3) are the scars supposed to become temporarily raised after stamping?

Yes, that is normal.

>4) should I use bio oil after stamping or is some other oil/cream better? It's still sensitive. I tried a skin lightener weeks before stamping and my skin broke out in a red rash.

You should moisturize it as much as you can. Oils are excellent moisturizers. 

Currently, there is no method that can remove stretch marks. Stretch marks are not "marks", they are very deep scars.  You can improve their appearance and make them less visible. That is all.

The most effective for stretch marks is a combination of dermarolling with a more targeted and intensive method such as 1.5 mm or 2 mm dermastamping or single-needling. The Tretinoin cream that we sell was also found to help with stretch marks in scientific studies.

Follow the routine I describe in this forum posting and please read the links it contains (about medical studies concerning Tretinoin and my article about dermaneedling and realistic results):

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Can a dermaroller cause more scars?
« on: April 02, 2013, 11:32:06 AM »
If you continue stamping them, they will slowly fill in. It will take many months.

The redness from dermarolling is only temporary and it will disappear, don't worry.

Shaving the bumps off will temporarily leave red marks but it will most likely get rid of the bumps if they are shaven off regularly. You may have to do it on dry skin to achieve abrading effect.  Use new blade each shaving session.

The suction pump is for scars that are tethered to the underlying structures. It concerns mainly the rolling type of acne scars and surgical or accident scars that got tethered. You do not have tethered scars on your face at all.

A dermaroller and a dermastamp are very suitable for acne scars on the back but you need someone to help you with that.

I think it is realistic to expect that your stretch marks will improve with dermaneedling.

2 mm needles are quite painful so I suggest you start with a regular 1.5 mm dermaroller and a 1.5 mm dermarstamp with 35 needles and our 0.1% Tretinoin cream.

Follow the routine I described here:

When you are experienced with dermaneedling and when your dermarolling instruments get blunt, you can always go for longer size needles.

Honestly, I do not even think your skin needs dermarolling because apart from the bumps your skin looks good.

Concerning the redness, have you been exposed to the sun shortly after dermarolling?

Tretinoin is a mild acid peel and it makes skin red so it may be due to Tretinoin (or aggravated by it). The redness will disappear.

To avoid redness, you can use just a dermastamp and spot treat a few areas of your concern or dermaroll your forehead and one cheek during the same session. When the redness is gone, do the other cheek.

Do not apply Tretinoin until the skin is healed and use a sunscreen.

Do the bumps get smaller when you shave them with a razor blade? If they do, use regularly a razor blade shaver on your forehead and everywhere where the bumps are. Abrasive methods may work better than dermarolling in this case because the bumps are not really raised scars. Shaving the bumps off will make the skin red so do not shave it all in one go. Do just a small part of the face each time to avoid being red all over.

You can apply hydroquinone after stamping with a 1.5 mm dermastamp but using shorter needles is sufficient for product penetration. However it is a good idea to experiment a little and try different approaches, especially with skin problems that do not respond to "ordinary" approaches.

Taking breaks concerning hyroquinone is only suggested if you apply it right after dermaneedling (and especially if you use higher than 2% percentages) because it highly enhances its penetration and there could be potentially some unwanted side effects with really long term use.

If you apply hydroquinone, do not apply Infadolan first because it is a semi-occlusive ointment and it will prevent hydroquinone to reach the skin. Apply hydroquinone first and an hour later or so, apply a little Infadolan on top of it.

Yes, the changes in the skin will continue even after the skin has healed.

>Per your suggestion about Vitamin C being sensitive to light, I've decided
>to use Vitamin C at night >and Tretinoin in the morning

There is no need applying it every day. From the link you posted:

" Vit.C remains in the skin for several days (it has about 4 days tissue half-life) so applying it twice or three times a week is sufficient. Apply vit. C in the evening since it is sensitive to sunlight. Wash it off in the morning."

"Retin A (Tretinoin= Retinoic acid). Application twice or three times a week is sufficient. Apply it in the evening since it is sensitive to sunlight."

You do not have to apply Tretinoin on the days after dermarolling, especially if you use Tretinoin prior to your dermarolling sessions.  Let the red spots heal first (they should be gone in a few days) and then restart with Tretinoin.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Dermarolling penile scar
« on: March 27, 2013, 04:58:41 PM »
Concerning the fact that it is possible to get a tattoo there, you can use a dermaroller as well but just to remain on the safe side, do not use longer needles than 0.5 mm and do not push them really forcefully in. Rolling twice a week is sufficient. With longer needles, the dangers you describe are a factor.

I normally experiment on my own skin when I am in doubt, but in this case I can't do that. My husband just refused to even measure the thickness of his skin there, he says the whole dermarolling thing is my project and he wants nothing to do with it :-)

How long the redness lasts is individual that is why we recommend in our instructions to first do a test patch to see how the skin reacts.

1. Vit. C is light sensitive and an evening application is better. It will stay in the skin for several days.

Infadolan should be applied as aftercare right after microneedling. There is no reason for morning application in case of microneedling aftercare. In the link you have posted, Infadolan is applied (without microneedling) on areas with dry skin - around the eyes and on top of hands as a daily cream to protect and moisturize the skin during the day. That is something different.

2. Apply Infadolan right after dermarolling and you can wipe it off in the morning. Isopropyl alcohol is quite harsh on the skin, especially in high concentrations so I would not recommend using it really frequently.

Yes, you can apply Tretinoin at night. Are you sure the "white dust" is from Tretinoin itself and not from other substances that you cream may contain? I am using our Tretinoin cream and it does not leave any traces. Your cream may for example contain a sun block (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) which leaves a whitish residue on the skin.

It is very difficult to remove a tattoo because real tattoos reside deep in the dermis.

In the process of laser tattoo removal, the tattoo pigment absorbs the light from the laser. The absorption of light heats the pigment up very much and this breaks the pigment down. Unfortunately, the heat can damage the skin and leave a permanent scar.

After two years, it is more or less time to give up but before you do, try different approaches. For example, needle the scar three times a week or even every second day for several months. Expose it to the sun immediately after needling (if you can).

You can try some of the substances for repigmentation that are discussed here but I cannot attest their efficacy:

Consider buying a NB-UVB lamp.
More about it in my reply #13 in this forum thread:

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Nose Blackheads
« on: March 26, 2013, 04:56:52 PM »
For blackheads, try this:

…or at least apply regularly salicylic acid.

Tretinoin cream (we sell it) also helps unclog pores.

Dermaneedling speeds up the turnover of the skin and thus keeps the pores unclogged but as you mentioned, stamping the nose skin can end up unpredictably and you should first try the other options.