For quite a long time I’ve thought that using a dermaroller was … well, slightly nuts. If you don’t know what dermarolling, or microneedling, is all about, let me ‘splain. A dermaroller is a roller with a long handle, pictured below, and it has tiny little needles all over it.
You roll it over your skin to make it look better. The idea is that it makes little “wounds” and your skin will respond by growing thicker and stronger and thus less likely to wrinkle or sag.
I never even considered it until I watched a Youtube video. The woman in the vid was 64 and didn’t have a wrinkle on her face. She attributed this miracle to dermarolling and an expensive potion that is loaded with toxic chemicals which I definitely won’t use.
I’m not usually impressed by such things but I decided that I would give the intimidating tool a limited trial – fortunately. After all, who wants needles in their skin? My forehead has a few wrinkles while the rest of my face does not, so I limited my experiment to my forehead. Before I began I read a book by an aesthetician who not only uses a dermaroller but teaches other aestheticians how to use this infernal tool. She emphasized that we should never go back and forth in the same path since we might scar. Everyone demonstrating the use of these things actually DID go back and forth and I did not do that.
I only ‘rolled’ once a week and it doesn’t take very long. I’ve experimented for five weeks or five sessions total.
So I was horrified that even after this cautious approach I suddenly noticed a little patch of 5-6 scars right above my right eyebrow. And yes, I’m sure they’re from the dermaroller for three reasons:
#1: The scars weren’t there even a couple of weeks ago.
#2: They’re tiny – just the exact size of the needles.
#3: The proximity of the needles from each other is a perfect match.
So, after this ill-fated experiment, my skin looks WORSE than before and now has new scars that are probably permanent.
My advice on dermarolling: DON’T DO IT!!! And yes, there are people (mostly women) who rave about how wonderful it is, but it surely wasn’t for me and I’m not the only one has has scars from this bad idea.