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?
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.
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.
Here are the pros and cons I have come across since starting.
Face feels amazing the next day
Skin feels extra smooth for up to 3 days afterward
Even skin tone
Very minor improvement on my eyelid scar
Veins moderately diminished but temporary
Works better with a collagen serum applied beforehand
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.