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Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Ret-A and Chloramine T
« on: June 30, 2013, 02:55:44 PM »
As a follow-up, was there ever any corrosion issues or other issues with the old batches of Chloramine-T and the new OWNDOC rollers?

Do the new batches of Chloramine-T contain the same ingredients as the old batches?

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: regarding blood on stamp
« on: June 22, 2013, 12:49:11 AM »
Really?  So a new toothbrush's bristles won't damage the needles?

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: regarding blood on stamp
« on: June 20, 2013, 03:24:33 PM »
I don't know if this is an issue for anyone else, but I always get small traces of skin stuck between the needles after stamping.  After thorough rinsing and disinfecting, they still remain. 

Is it harmful to continue using my dermastamp with the skin stuck in the needles?  Is there another way of removing it without using a plant mister?  I contemplated using a garden hose, but I think that is too extreme and too much of a hassle for me. 

About a year and six months ago I began dermarolling and dermastamping my acne scars with Sarah Vaughter’s products ( and I promised myself I would chronicle and post my results thus far.

I’m happy with the improvements on my left cheek.  And noticeably, and unexpectedly my birthmark has become slightly less pigmented.

Admittedly, the pictures of my right cheek are probably not the best example of a before and after photo (hard to match last year’s nearness and lighting).  I have also had a bit of acne in the last year due to stress and I purposely highlighted two acne scars that are fairly recent (from Dec./12).  But, you can bet I am working on those scars too.  Overall, though, I know that there has been definite improvement because I do feel less self-conscious about my cheeks. 

While the improvements may appear small, I’m glad I tried dermarolling/stamping and stuck with it.  Yes, results are not immediate.  Yes, it takes time.  Yes, acne scars can be frustrating.  But, improvements are possible; it just takes trust and patient.   

Other noteworthy points are that while my pores have seemingly remained the same size, my skin does feel and appear firmer.
My skin regime has changed somewhat over the past year.  I originally began with stamping with a 1.0mm and then eventually upgraded to 2.0mm.  I stayed consistent by dermarolling with a 0.5mm twice a week.  I added the suctioning method about 8 months ago and also began single needling about 3 months ago.  I also use tretinoin every night, and always apply infadolan after stamping.   

Please feel free to ask any questions.  I am grateful for this website and its wealth of knowledge and for Sarah’s affordable products.  I look forward to posting my progress again next year.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Retin-A micro gel
« on: April 07, 2013, 02:59:46 PM »
I might be of help.  I regularly use 0.04% RAM and the "micro" refers to the sustained time-release microspheres in the tretinoin.  Apparently, the microspheres help it slowly diffuse into the skin, rather than it being applied all at once as with regular Retin-A, which might cause less irritation. 


Dermarolling / Microneedling / Dermastamping and single needling
« on: February 05, 2013, 04:49:38 PM »
Do you recommend dermastamping right after single needling acne scars?  I’ve seen you mention it before, but wouldn’t that be considered too many pricks in the skin at once?  What is the benefit of doing both in the same session? 

I was going to spread my single needling session and my 2.0mm dermastamping session by one week in between.  Thx.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: How much Bruising with Suction Method?
« on: January 11, 2013, 02:33:03 PM »
If you’re suctioning gently and safely then you won’t experience any real bruising and still achieve results.  The very first time I suctioned I ended up with a few bruises that lasted longer than the redness from stamping.  But, you have to play around and see how much your skin can tolerate.  An indication for me to stop is when the skin starts getting too red.  Also, doing a few pumps in one area and then coming back to it later has also prevented bruising.   

If it helps, I’ve been suctioning almost everyday for a few months now and never get any bruising anymore.  Maybe a bit of lasting redness, but nothing too noticeable.  I guess your skin eventually toughens up and becomes more tolerable to it.

Best of luck with your results!

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: How much Bruising with Suction Method?
« on: January 10, 2013, 02:59:26 PM »
I would add that you should initially suction gently and not for too long.  I found out that I bruise when I hold the suction in one spot beyond 4 seconds.  If you do have redness and/or bruising and have to go out, I find applying make-up very very helpful.   

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Stamping Whiteheads
« on: November 30, 2012, 01:47:44 PM »
Thanks Sarah.  Do you recommend using your single needles to pierce it? And, do I simply prick it and gently squeeze?

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Stamping Whiteheads
« on: November 24, 2012, 07:26:55 PM »
Hi Sarah,

I have a small whitehead that is embedded within an acne scar that I would like to stamp with my 2.0mm dermastamp.  It seems fairly embedded, thick, hard, and I don't think it will be emerging or shrinking anytime soon.  Would there be any concerns about stamping it?  I know that you advise against stamping active acne.


Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Suggestion for cheek scars please
« on: November 02, 2012, 05:16:35 PM »
You seem to have similar looking skin and acne scars that I have.  I also use RAM and have been following what Sarah has recommended.  I also use the 0.5mm dermaroller twice a week for my hyperpigmentation and unevenness.  I would really consider the suctioning method; I’ve seen some improvement since incorporating it into my routine.  Good luck!

Dermarolling / Microneedling / When to replace Dermastamp?
« on: October 16, 2012, 02:41:11 PM »
Hi Sarah,

I have a 1.5 dermastamp that I have consistently been using every three weeks since the beginning of March (8 months).  I use it to treat my acne scars and tend to stamp a lot of areas on my face.  I assumed that by now I would have needed to replace it, but I am still able to achieve pinpoint bleeding.  But, with needles this long, wouldn’t there always be bleeding? When do I know when to replace my dermastamp?  The needles still appear sharp and I am still able to penetrate my skin.


Wow! No improvement at all?  I’m a bit surprised though that you didn’t consider using a dermastamp to treat your scars (probably would’ve been less painful too).  I’m somewhat in the same boat in that I also have some mild acne scarring that I’ve been treating with dermarolling/stamping and I’m almost at the 8-month mark.

In terms of improvement, I can definitely say that I’ve seen some.  However, I thought I would have seen more by this point.  I also wonder what my scars would’ve looked like if I hadn’t done anything to them (scars do diminish slightly on their own with time).

I have two small rolling boxcar scars on my left cheek that bother me the most and were the reason I began dermarolling.  I also have some minor rolling scars on my right cheek that makes my skin appear a bit uneven/bumpy.  I use a 1.5mm dermastamp and 0.5mm dermaroller, which is what Sarah generally recommends to acne scar sufferers.

I can confidently say that my right cheek is more even now, but the scars on my left cheek have not shown the greatest improvement.  They’re not as deep as before, but they seem “stuck” as a visible rolling scar.  But, I’m not giving up on them.  I will try a 2.0mm dermastamp and the suctioning method and see what happens.  I also encourage you to try the same.  There doesn’t seem to be a lot of trusted acne scar treatments out there.

For me, it’s either this or Fraxel, and the same can be said about the few number of success stories with Fraxel that are posted one year after (most tend to be horror stories).

Acne scars suck and trying to treat them is frustrating for me because of the patience involved.  But, I’m in this for the long term and if takes another year, so be it.
Thanks for the honest post, and best of luck in your scar improvement.

Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: Can't find proper disinfection alcohol?
« on: September 01, 2012, 03:34:53 PM »
Hi Sarah,

I recently bought a bottle of 50% Isopropyl Alcohol that I wanted to use to disinfect my face prior to dermarolling.  Can I just dip a cotton ball and swab my face, or should I dilute it with a bit of water prior to applying it to my face?


Dermarolling / Microneedling / Re: About the number of times to roll
« on: July 27, 2012, 02:11:24 PM »
Thanks for posting the Demonstration video Sara.  Very helpful!

I noticed the lady in the video rolled 8 times vertically on her cheek, but as you mentioned 6 times is what you recommend?

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