Is A Derma Roller Right For You?

I earned the scar in an innocent way.

It was over a dozen years ago, we’d just moved into our second home on Vancouver Island. While I was exploring it like an excited kid, I brushed into a screw the previous owners had left protruding from a wall. Idiots!

Is A Derma Roller Right For You?

I used to love to watch the world go by from my chaise on this deck

I’d been checking the under-house storage, without bothering to turn the lights on. (who’s the idiot?) It was a brilliant move requiring 6 hours at the emergency room. The result was a 4″ nasty Keloid scar on my upper arm.

A year later I had the scar removed and re-stitched by a plastic surgeon, hoping for better results. A year later the surgeon tattooed nothing over the scar. He explained that by making tiny needle punctures in my skin, it would cause me to rebuild collagen in the area. He said it should soften the scar and help blend the loss of pigmentation. I was skeptical, but it did help!

After all that… I was just done with this badge of my well-lived life and moved on.

We all earn scars and battle wounds from the lives we lead. This was an unattractive one, but it’s a reminder of a home I loved very, very much.

Is A Derma Roller Right For You?

travel case

I’ve heard about Derma Rollers for several years. A girlfriend has her esthetician use one as part of her regular facials. It sounded like bunk to me and I don’t get regular facials, so hadn’t been exposed to one.

A dim bulb lit up in my brain. Could this be the same concept the plastic surgeon used on my scar? Yes! Could this help repair years of sun damage on my face?

I hoped over to Amazon and ordered this Nylea Derma Roller. After plunking down the huge investment of $14.99, I read through its glowing reviews and skated all over the web collecting more information.

Is A Derma Roller Right For You?

closeup of needles

Once it arrived, I was a bit scared of it. After I finished using it I wondered what I’d been so afraid of.

Here’s how I use mine:

While I wash my face, I soak the roller in rubbing alcohol. After my face is thoroughly clean, I give my chin a quick wipe with rubbing alcohol.

Is A Derma Roller Right For You?

soak in rubbing alcohol before use

Working in small areas, I roll up and down, then sideways, then diagonally in both ways. It smarts a bit but doesn’t  hurt. I’m not putting pressure on the roller, just letting it do its thing.

Another quick swipe of rubbing alcohol over the area I rolled, and I’m done. Then I resoak the roller in rubbing alcohol, and let it dry, before putting it away. Simple and quick.

Is A Derma Roller Right For You?

soak in rubbing alcohol after use

I’ve been using it on the decades old, sun damage on my lower face, followed by my Vitamin C serum. The price is right, it only takes moments to use and the promised benefits are awesome.

This is what Amazon has to say about this Derma Roller:

– Scar removal including acne scars

– Stretch Mark removal

– Wrinkle removal/reduction

– Cellulite reduction

– Large Pore reduction

– Hair Loss restoration

– Hyper Pigmentation treatment

After 2 weeks I can report my skin looks better already. The rough texture on my chin is softer and the pore size is smaller. More feedback after I’ve used it longer. So far I’m thrilled!

Do you use one of these or had one used on you?

Would you?

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  1. Deborah Montgomery
    April 14, 2015 / 11:54 am

    Love your new profile picture.
    I’ll look this up on Amazon, thanks for the recommendation.

  2. April 13, 2015 / 8:37 am

    I was interested in this until I read the other lady that also suffers from rosacea. I’m really limited to what I can do or use on my skin.


    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 12:02 am

      It might be too rough! Although i do have very fragile skin, I don’t have Rosacea.

  3. Theresa
    April 13, 2015 / 6:25 am

    I have also recently started using the derma-roller (about 6 weeks ago). I watched you tube videos and learned by observation. I was scared to even start, but once I did I saw it was really no big deal! I am so excited to see your post and read all of the comments from everyone.

    I am seeing results and am pleased. I currently do this twice a week. My procedure is similar to yours. I clean my face, apply the derma-roller across, sideways and then up and down. I roll it about 6 times over each section on my face and neck. Afterward I apply Eminence facial recovery oil. I also apply an organic moisturizer. I then soak my derma-roller in Hydrogen perioxide and when it dries I store it until my next use.

    I currently do this twice a week. May I ask how may days a week are you are doing this, how many rolls do you do on your face, and which vitamin c serum do you use? Thanks so much!

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 12:00 am

      I’m using it 4-5 times a week and loving the results so far! I love and use Vitamin C serum from Cosmetic Skin Solutions. I use the 25% strength.

  4. April 13, 2015 / 4:13 am

    I’ve never heard of the derma roller. Sounds interesting, although I try to be very gentle with my skin.
    Beautiful view from your former home on Vancouver Island – Nanaimo area, perhaps?

    • Jennifer
      April 13, 2015 / 11:50 pm

      Tip of Nanoose Bay. Good guess!

  5. Jennifer
    April 12, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    I’ve done my fair share of IPL’s for sun damage too. The theory of this one strikes me as makimg sense. I’ll keep you posted!

  6. Jen
    April 12, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    I have never heard of that but sounds intriguing. I’ve IPLed and YAGed and Tandaed and love me a good jet peel but that device sounds great. Please do a follow up to let us know how you like it longer-term.

  7. April 12, 2015 / 9:31 am

    J, I have very thin pale skin as I’m blonde naturally. This looks so scary to me. Needles?
    And, HOw DOES IT HELP? Please let me know.

    • Jennifer
      April 12, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      I’m naturally very pale blonde and have fragile thin skin, so I’m using it very gently. All the reports I read said that by making small (unseen) wounds to the skin it causes new collagen production.
      The reports say it will soften wrinkles and scars, so that’s what I’m hoping for. I’ll report later!

  8. April 12, 2015 / 8:31 am

    You have given me something to consider Jennifer. The sun damage I have is also on my chin and neck, though this might be too much to use on the thinner neck skin. Sounds like a really good solution for scats though which I seem to have everywhere!!

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    • Jennifer
      April 12, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      I guess the chin and neck took the worse sun beating for me. Even with a hat on, my chin always seems to be in the sun! I’ve started to use it on my scar too now so will let you know how that goes. It’s such a simple quick process!

  9. April 12, 2015 / 8:12 am

    Sounds interesting…..and the price is right!! So many of the “for older skin” products are soooooo expensive! This is one I might try! Thanks for trying it out for me!

    • Jennifer
      April 12, 2015 / 9:14 pm

      The reviews on Amazon were so encouraging. And the price is right! I’ll do an update later about my progress!! Let me know if you try it.

  10. April 12, 2015 / 7:24 am

    Great information, Jennifer. I was not familiar with this, but on Wednesday I am sharing about another skincare procedure I was just introduced to. After I go complete that round, I may order one of these. I will ask my esthetician about it. You always look so great and I love your new profile pic.

    Also, looking over that view…I would not have wanted to leave that house…what a scary story about your arm though.

    • Jennifer
      April 12, 2015 / 9:12 pm

      Thanks! I like the new picture too:). I had it taken when we were at BAm!
      I’ll be sure to check in with you Wednesday Pam! Things are getting so advanced we have lots of options for helping our skin to look it’s best.

  11. Wendymm
    April 12, 2015 / 3:28 am

    Not for me, though I wish I could. I have Rosacea (mild) and am under strict orders from dermatologist (and Louise!) to use nothing harsher than a soft cloth on my face. Am always jealous when I see people using these things, as I think there must be something satisfying about it!

    • Jennifer
      April 12, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      I suspect it would be much too harsh on your Rosacea. Good call! I’ve just tried it on my neck, so we’ll see:)

  12. Maggie
    April 12, 2015 / 2:33 am

    I have one that I got as part of my Rodan and Fields skin care package. It has definitely helped to improve the skin on my neck.

    • Jennifer
      April 12, 2015 / 9:08 pm

      Well I used it in my neck for the first time tonight after reading your comment. Definitely more sensitive skin there!! I’m hapoy to hear you’ve had good results Maggie. That’s encouraging!!

  13. April 12, 2015 / 2:04 am

    I have used them but it comes with care and proper guidance otherwise more harm can come it. So glad you put yours in alcohol to cleanse and the rollers have to be thrown away be blunt rollers are useless. It helps best with scars and acne so my dermatologist said I wouldn’t really notice too much but still is a workout for the skin

    • Jennifer
      April 12, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      i didn’t think to ask my dermatologist, which actually shocks me, now that I thnk of it. I’m very careful to keep everything sterile. Good point about bluntness. I’ll keep an eye on them.

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