My Experience: Dermal Rolling and Medical Rolling

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For the past 10 months, I have been doing weekly rolling to try and reduce my acne and acne scarring. I have stopped using any kind of cleanser or clarifying skincare to balance my oil production. If you’ve been following this blog, I’ve started a #NoCleanerChallenge and this is the outcome. And here is what happened:

  1. My cystic acne that used to make me cry with frustration went away completely. I am sitting here writing this and I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a pimple.
  2. My scars (even ice pick) are slowly fading and I’m reversing the physical damage of acne skin.
  3. I don’t wear super thick foundation any more because I have to but because I want to! Especially all those beautiful Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizers ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. I don’t pick at my face because there is nothing there.
  5. I feel confident.

What have I been doing to achieve these ah-mazing results: Dermal rolling.

Dermal rolling is a procedure that uses very small medical grade needles on a roller to puncture the first few layers of skin. When the skin is rolled, it triggersย a response that the skin is damaged and needs repair, so all of your skin repairing bots rush to the area to try and rebuild it, producing collagen and elastin – basically creating new skin. A roller I use at home has 0.3 mm needles, so it just goes deep enough to go through the dead skin layer and allow my skincare products to penetrate better. Medical rolling uses a 2mm needles, and must be done in a clinical office as it draws blood and must be completely sterile. Medical rolling is painful and can be overwhelming but it is the most rewarding in the end. After rolling, a peptide and vitamin serum is applied. It is extremely important not to touch the skin or sweat or go into the sun after rolling – your skin is very vulnerable and just needs to heal.

I am completely aware that it sounds like a crazy Kim K skin care treatment, but I’m telling you that it works. It works so well that I haven’t stepped foot into the skincare isles of Sephora since.ย I’ve been really resistant to put up a before and after photo of my skin. For anyone that has ever gone through severe acne, it is not something you want to broadcast to the world, but I believe in this process and want others the experience it as well. So here is it (excuse my smooch face – this is the latest photo I found):

Progress on derma rolling - 10 months so far...

Note: The photo on the left: Although my skinย doesn’t lookย too bad, had large swelled bumps/cysts under the skin which would stay there for months and never came to a head. ย (Sorry for TMI – real life stuff here).

Very important note: Dermal rolling takes patience. It doesn’t happen over night and requires consistent rolling as well as paying attention to your diet. Cystic acne is an internal problem and for myself, it was balancing good vs. bad oils by taking 6 high dose salmon oil capsules daily. I’ve cut lactose and I’m trying to cut sugar out of my diet as I’ve seen immediate breakouts after consuming dairy. I keep my face out of the sun – all that new collagen you’ve produced cannot be exposed to UV.

Note that this is my personal experience – It’s really important to do research before starting rolling as it should be monitored in a clinical setting. ย I’ve been going to the DermaIntegrity/Derma Resolution clinic in Victoria, BC and I absolutely recommend.


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  • Betul
    August 16, 2016

    Hey lovely,
    This really motivated me to start rolling at home again. I used to do it and loved the results but haven’t done it in ages. I have some minor scarring and was wondering the results you achieved – how often were you doing at home vs medical rolling. Do you think the 0.3mm was enough to see the results? Your skin looks so mic better.. Good on you for keeping at it..
    Betul, xoxo

    • Sasha
      August 16, 2016

      Yay! I’m so glad!! To be honest, not as often as I should. Maybe 3 times a week on average at home and then 4 times medical rolling within a 6 month period. My derm also offered a .5 mm for once a week “boost” but with medical rolling, it was optional. I used it with the two serums there which help heal as well. I’m moving on to the AMP roller from Rodan and Fields ๐Ÿ™‚ But overall I think if you are consistent with the .3 mm it can be enough. But also depends on how severe the scarring is. Hope that helps!! Keep rolling! Xoxo

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My Experience: Dermal Rolling and Medical Rolling