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In your case, get a 0.2 mm dermaroller and a 1.5 mm dermastamp.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Dermastamp Question
« on: July 10, 2012, 02:21:52 PM »
It depends what you mean by "thickness".

The needles of all our miconedling instruments have a conic shape.  The tip of the needles is very much thinner that the base of the needles. They are a 0.25 mm thick at the base. The tip is much thinner. The gradualness of the tip of the needle is called "taper".

The single needles have an extra long taper, which mean they have a long and very thin tip.

Our dermastamps as far as I know have a long taper (not an extra long taper).  When I have time I will compare the two under the microscope.

It depends whether your scars are real scars or just enlarged pores. Pores are ducts in the skin and there is currently no method that can significantly and permanently make pores smaller. Very many of our customers improved their scars with microneedling but only a few succeeded in reducing their pore size (they used various microneedling approaches so there is no single recommended method).
Some successful stories:

No, in this case a 0.2 mm roller is not intended to enhance the penetration of skin products.

A 0.2 mm, if used long-term, thickens the epidermis and that could theoretically make pores smaller and it usually improves the overall skin texture and tone.

A dermastamp is for your deeper scars but you can try to use it on a small area of your face with "pores" and see what happens.

The reason why your pores dilated may be due to hormonal stimulation (during adolescence) of the sebaceous glands that are inside the pores. If the gland enlarges, the pores usually enlarge as well. The skin becomes oilier then.

The biggest injustice is that as we age, our sebaceous glands are slowly becoming larger but in spite of that they produce less and less oil. So we end up with dry, wrinkly skin with large pores.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Dermarolling and dry cupping
« on: July 10, 2012, 02:12:55 PM »
Dry cupping does not interfere with collagen production but you should perhaps stop doing it because it obviously does not work in your case. How is the situation now? Continue with your rolling sessions and try to tone the muscles in that area. Cellulite has nothing to do with muscles but it always look better on a toned body:

Any skin changes the days after dermarolling are only temporary and will eventually go back to normal. Keep the skin moisturized.

If you use the single needles, the redness after needling can last in some rare cases up to several weeks.

The most effective for stretch marks is the combination of a regular 1.5 mm dermaroller + the single needles or a dermastamp or a one-liner  (we are currently sold out of single needles) + Tretinoin cream:

That questuion is impossible to answer, it's like answering "how long is a piece of string".
It totally depends on how much skin you treat and how often:

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No worries, we like large photos, the bigger the better, then the details are better visible.

PDT (Photodynamic therapy) selectively destroys tissue. A photosensitizing substance is applied onto the skin. The substance is absorbed in larger quantities by certain cells, such as the sebaceous glands or cancerous cells, which makes them much more sensitive to the applied light. The applied light will cause the release of reactive oxygen species that will injure or destroy the tissue that contains the most of the light sensitizing substance, leaving the surrounding tissue undamaged. In this way, you can reduce the size of sebaceous glands by damaging them and thus reducing the overproduction of sebum, which is the main cause of acne.  So, yes, the results should last. Maybe the sebaceous glands will eventually recover and grow back to their original size (especially if you have high levels of androgen hormones since androgens "encourage" the activity of sebaceous glands) but it will take a long time, hopefully.

Concerning your scars, I recommend you a 0.2 mm regular dermaroller (you can roll ever second day) and a 1.5 mm dermastamp (stamp every three weeks).

You should wait at least three weeks after the PDT therapy.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: suctioning
« on: July 05, 2012, 12:24:30 PM »
What type of acne scars do you have and how deep are they?

A 2 mm dermastamp + the single needles + the suction method is the most "aggressive" treatment for acne scars and you should certainly try it for at least a year.

CO2 laser resurfacing and a subcision are also very "intensive" treatments and I am surprised you got no results.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Dermarolling duration session
« on: July 05, 2012, 10:05:16 AM »
We have explained this in our latest instructions:

Rolling in a star pattern is not recommended any more.
We, like every other dermaroller vendor, used to advise to roll in a star pattern. However, we
determined that that is not the optimal technique because if you roll in a star pattern, the center of
the pattern gets a much greater prick density than the perifery. A perfectly uniform prick density
can only be achieved when you roll at straight angles, such as only horizontally, or only vertically,
or both.

Rolling back-and-forth without lifting the roller is not recommended anymore.
We discovered that the way nearly everybody rolls is responsible for the infamous "scratches"
effect, caused by an extreme prick density distributed over narrow "bands", as shown on page 11. If
you do not lift the roller after each rolling movement but keep the roller head's needles inside the
skin, then the roller will resist sideways movements because there are always needles in the skin,
producing a "railway" effect of a train on a track. Then when you move a few times back & forth,
you'll hit the same pricks again and again, causing a locally too high prick density or larger-diameter
pricks in the skin. Both are undesirable effects.

The only correct way to roll, achieving a perfectly distributed prick density is to roll horizontally, and
after every roll, lift the roller and position it a few millimeters from the previous starting point,
repeating the rolling movement and so on, until the entire skin area has been treated.
If you want
to increase the prick density, repeat this process under a ninety degree angle as shown on the next

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Dermarolling duration session
« on: July 04, 2012, 05:37:08 PM »
You should roll the area about ten times vertically and ten times horizontally. This is just a general rule that can be adjusted to your preferences and the reaction of your skin.

The exact recommended rolling technique is descripbed in our instructions. You can roll a single "time" horizontally and a single "time" vertically if you space the roller each time a few mm apart, as described in our latest dermarolling instructions.

The longer the needles, the more careful you have to be, especially if you roll the face- roll slowly and thoroughly.

Rolling the face for two to three minutes with a 0.2 mm size is enough.

Thank you very much for your feedback and for your praise!

Thank you, cj123, for you suggestions.


Yes, I do mean an adhesion. Obviously, an adhesion after for example a C-section can cause serious problems whereas the adhesion in acne scars is just a cosmetic problem. Esthetically, if the scar adheres to the underlying structures, releasing it will improve the indentation.