Skin Care

What is Dermarolling and How Can it Help Your Acne Scars?

It seems like there’s one thing that no product can do – get rid of those pitted acne scars. I’m not talking discoloration, I mean those divots in your skin that are like ghosts of pimples past.

Most advice on getting rid of these involves expensive dermatologist appointments, and usually include using expensive lasers on your face. I’m here to tell you that’s not necessary. You can get rid of them at home for under $30.

Dermarolling (sometimes called microneedling) looks and sounds scary but if you’re doing it right it should be neither. I’m completely freaked out by needles, but this doesn’t scare me at all.

This is my dermaroller. I got it from Amazon for about $10 bucks. Mine has 540 little needles at 1.0 mm each.


How does this little thing actually get rid of scars?

Don’t worry; it doesn’t pierce your skin. And it doesn’t bleed (at least it shouldn’t).

It works by making micro tears in your skin. Your brain reads it as something it needs to fix, like an injury, and sends in a bunch of collagen to repair the skin. As this happens, your scars slowly fill in as your skin heals.

It works, but it isn’t a quick fix.

You should only dermaroll once every 4-6 weeks to allow your skin to heal in between. Depending on the severity of your scars, it will take a few months of this to notice a difference. I’ve been doing it for about 5 months on the pitted and boxcar scars on my cheeks have noticeably improved, but they haven’t completed gone away. Despite this, I’m very excited about my progress! I was wary about it but as what seemed like the only option, I wanted to give it a go.

How to Use a Derma Roller

First off, make sure it’s clean so it doesn’t spread any germs. I let mine sit in alcohol before I use it.

cleaning dermaroller

Roll it across your skin wherever you have scars. I use it on my cheeks only. Roll it up and down, left to right, and diagonally both ways for 10 times each. Don’t put too much pressure. It shouldn’t hurt, but it should begin to feel slightly raw and red towards the end.

using dermaroller

Afterwards, your skin will be red and probably kind of sensitive. Here’s mine afterwards – yikes! You’re able to see the indented scars I still have, which are an improvement on what they were months ago.

skin after dermarolling

When I’m finished I apply a vitamin C serum. I use this sample I have from Paula’s Choice, the Resist C15 Super Booster. This part kind of stings but it’s bearable. After letting my skin calm down for a little while, I follow the rest of my skin care routine as usual.

The next day, I don’t have any more redness. As I’m applying my morning products I can tell my skin is more sensitive, but it in no way keep me from going about my day and it’s not noticeable to other people.

If you’ve tried dermarolling, how has it worked out for you?

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