- Clinical evidence shows it works for wrinkles AND scars
- Very Inexpensive
- Down time is very short, much better than chemical peels
- May help improve transdermal absorption of actives (questionable)
- Pain: it can hurt, but numbing cream helps
- There's a little blood, but very small amounts from the pinpricks
- Finding the best tools is challenging since not FDA approved for DIY
- Expect slow results since collagen modeling takes time
- Always a risk of infection with puncture wounds, so sterilize and sanitize
- Not recommended for those with active acne lesions
- I start with a high-quality instrument; I found the DermaRoller brand, which has titanium needles; I’ve read that poor tools may lead to breakage of needles in the skin or more damage in the skin than is necessary to induce collagen. My tools include a .5 mm stamp and a 1 mm roller. I use both, starting with the stamp, but I do not roll with the roller; I’ve found that just pressing like a stamp works better for me. I purchased my tools abroad as they’re not FDA approved.
- Always clean instrument(s) thoroughly with alcohol before and after each treatment and avoid touching the needles; I soak mine in alcohol for about 5 minutes each.
- I do my therapy before bed since I see a little blood and lots of redness. The redness lasts 24-48 hours for me, so doing this at night helps avoid having to apply concealer until some of the swelling subsides. I also see swelling for a couple of days.
- PAIN: I use lidocaine 5% prior to treatments to minimize pain, leaving it on for about 15-20 minutes and remove, wiping with alcohol before starting the treatment. I like the one linked because it’s non-oily and doesn’t cause breakouts for me. This treatment hurts, so it takes real commitment.
- After the therapy, I spray a DIY Vitamin C mixture on my face several times and follow with an antibacterial ointment. I make this DIY mixture just before treatment, so I don’t need preservatives, and I know bacteria growth should be minimal since I’m using distilled water (steam) and vitamin C powder.
- I’ve read that some people apply other actives following the treatment because the open channels in the dermis allow for deeper penetration, but I’ve read too many horror stories about infections arising from this practice, so I don’t use anything besides what’s listed above.
- I apply a good physical sunblock the morning after these treatments, which I apply daily anyway!
- I repeat every 3-5 weeks, depending upon needle size and aggressiveness
- 1995 - Orentreich and Orentreich described subcision or dermal needling for scars
- 1997 - Camirand and Doucet described needle dermabrasion using a "tattoo pistol" to treat scars
- 2006 - Fernandes developed collagen induction therapy with the dermaroller