This is How I Roll

I have three distinct scars on my face and I have tried many products over the years with absolutely no results. When the trauma occurred, I was fortunate enough to have a plastic surgeon moonlighting in the emergency room and he worked on my face for hours. Don’t get me wrong, I know how lucky I am to have walked away with a few minor scars. Being on my face, I have no choice but to see them every time I look in the mirror. It goes without saying that a scar on the eyelid is a major pain in the ass when applying eyeshadow no matter what primer I use. I also have tiny red spider veins around my nose and across my cheeks.

When I saw some derma roller results from other bloggers, and found a pretty good sale I figured why not?

0.5 Derma Roller
0.5 Derma Roller
1.5 Derma Roller
1.5 Derma Roller

It is suggested that you use at least a 1.5mm roller for scaring and 0.5mm for product absorption. I bought one of each mostly because I was afraid to use the 1.5 on my eyelid. It is not suggested to use any roller larger than 2mm at home

I have taken some before pictures for the purpose of comparing in a few months.

Scar Nest to my Right Eye
Scar Nest to my Right Eye
Eyelid Scar & Piercing Scar
Eyelid Scar & Piercing Scar
Eyelid Scar with Makeup on
Eyelid Scar with Makeup on
Spider Veins
Spider Veins

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I have been derma rolling 2-3 times a week for about a month. My routine has been to apply the numbing cream and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes, wash my face with soap and water, sanitize my rollers with antibacterial soap and a good spray down with alcohol, and apply a serum (I prefer Juice Beauty Stem Cell Repair Serum). I begin rolling with the 1.5 vertically then horizontally over the entire face and on the actual scars I will triple the rolling and go diagonally as well. I will go over my eyelids and the hard to reach areas with the 0.5 in the same pattern as before. My face is sometimes a little bloody and always bright red by the time I finish with a sore/burning sensation. It takes everything I have to not dunk my face in a bucket of ice while waiting for the serum to fully penetrate (about 20 minutes). I rinse my face with cold water and apply a little bit of moisturizer and I’m done. By the next morning my face really does feel amazing and, according to my co-workers, I am glowing. My face is definitely visibly brighter and more even toned.

After Derma Rolling
After Derma Rolling

Here are the pros and cons I have come across since starting.

Pros

Face feels amazing the next day

Skin feels extra smooth for up to 3 days afterward

Clearer skin

Even skin tone

Very minor improvement on my eyelid scar

Veins moderately diminished but temporary

Works better with a collagen serum applied beforehand

Cons

Hurts like hell especially on the nose (not so bad with a numbing cream)

Risk of infection if not properly sanitized

If you’re having a breakout it can spread with a derma roller

The needles are already starting to dull and some have even fallen off

No improvement on my deeper eye scar

Needles are fragile and will break if dropped or not cleaned gently

My plan is to continue for a minimum of 6 months and if there are no prominent improvements then I will not continue. I know it’s only been a month but I’m just not convinced derma rolling is worth it I also have a major fear that those micro needles will break off and get stuck in my face and I will end up looking like Pinhead from Hellraiser. lol

I shall return with a verdict in about 5 months. In the meantime, I would love to hear from anyone who has, is, or thinking about trying a Derma Roller. Any thoughts? Please give me some lip.

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I am a married mother of two adult daughter's and a teenage son. I am a pediatric oncology nurse and a former beauty school drop out (pause to sing the song .lol). My daughters have taught me more about beauty and fashion then I could ever teach them. We are three independent and uniquely different women that bring a variety of intriguing ideas and advice based on personal experience. The one thing we do have in common is that we love the beauty and fashion industry and love to test and review new products. Together we decided to create this blog to share our opinions and promote discussions.

16 thoughts on “This is How I Roll

  1. So amazing! But OUCH omg. I really really want to try to this… I have a book where scientists debunks some beauty myths but one of the things they say really do work are the derma rollers. They said it has to be a specific length and width though (don’t remember but probably the one you used). I guess this is one of those cases where no PAIN no GAIN, huh? Just knowing my track record, my skin will freak the eff out… also, I’d have to hide this from my SO, he would be furious if I tried this (due to my terrible track record with skin freaking out). But still really tempted to!

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    1. If you don’t have any scaring then I wouldn’t suggest it. Also, there is no side effect the following day except beautifully glowing skin. I had no problem with healing overnight. I researched for months before I chose the length, type, and serum. I should update the post because I did get results after 6 months but it’s just so daunting and painful. The risk for infection is too great for me to be vain about scars. Lol YES….no pain no gain is exact!! It hurts to be beautiful. Haha. That little tiny roller is what I used on the eyelid.

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      1. i know ……… xo we pull them from “the ethers” ………… no structure and that’s the best ………. xo i am #jazzercizing ………. it’s attack of the best wackiest gifs day …. #justsoyouknow …..

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  2. I had spider veins just like your picture. But I had more and some on my chin too. I covered them with makeup easily but without makeup it bugged me. About 6 months ago, I had one treatment done with a dunier laser and it was 75.00 and every vein in gone. It just closed then off and they were absorbed by my body. I was shocked it was so inexpensive and almost no side effects from it. A little redness and some scratches from it.

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    1. Thanks Janine, it’s always nice to hear from someone who’s had it and I actually started doing some research on laser removal. I need to just bite the bullet and do it. I just need to find a physician that I am comfortable with.

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      1. I was surprised at what a quick process it was. They just zapped the area and the vein just closed off. So, when I left, I could already see the results. I thought it was more complicated but for the little spider veins, it’s not.

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  3. I had a minor mole removal on my forehead and my surgeon told me to only apply vitamin e oil to my scar everyday twice a day for the first months and then once a day after that. I’ve heard from multiple people that this is the best way to help heal scars. I don’t know how long you’ve had them for so I don’t know if me telling you this will even help! I’ve never heard of a derma roller before but it looks painful!

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    1. Thank you but I did the same with vitamin E when they where fresh and it did help tremendously but you know….I will always see them. My scars are now 3 years old and I wanted to be a little more aggressive and this might be too aggressive. Lol

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