My name is Sarah Vaughter, medical journalist and editor of the health & beauty site owndoc.com, partially devoted to dermaneedling. Over the past years, we have grown to be the largest independent vendor of dermarolling supplies. You can reach me at email@example.com
Some years ago, I declined to present a TV commercial for a certain brand of dermaroller. We prefer to remain independent. We regularly update our dermaroller test and we sell those brands and models with the best value for money.
Owndoc has a no-nonsense approach to skin remodeling. No expensive gadgets of dubious value. No fake before-and-after pictures. A rigorously scientific approach, with the fairest prices anywhere.
We have a reputation for quality and unmatched customer service. I answer questions before and after purchasing and I also operate the web's largest dermarolling forum.
Before buying, read my dermarolling instructions. These instructions are the most detailed and well-researched dermaneedling instructions available and they will explain what you'll need to treat your skin problem.
What can dermaneedling do for you? On the one hand, don't believe those more interested in your money than in skin improvement. Dermarolling can't augment breast size, completely remove cellulite or get rid of excessive skin after severe weight loss.
On the other hand, needling your skin can and will improve (acne) scars, hyper/hypo pigmentations, lost elasticity, wrinkles and cellulite. Often spectacularly so, if you have the patience to do it every month for a year.
Don't take our word for it - look at our customers' results! No tiny, blurry, photoshopped pictures on our site. Our dermarolling before and after pictures are large, high-resolution photo's submitted by our own customers by email or on our forum, where you can talk to them and find out exactly what protocol they used to finally feel good about their skin.
Will it hurt? Yes! Isn't it wonderful that you can actually get rid of an ugly skin problem with less than $100 worth of goods, educating yourself, persistence and a little suffering?
Dermastamping/single needling with suction method of acne scars before and after 6 months
We regularly do a dermaroller review and this is one of the test winners, a copy of the Dr. Roller dermaroller, for $17,- The needles are made of surgical steel and the roller comes gamma-sterilized and sterilely packaged:
Magnification of our Dr. Roller "clone": Not as good as the real Dr. Roller, but excellent needle quality and that is the only really important thing. No bent needles.
You can buy the original Dr. Roller from us as well for $49,- but this roller is the cheapest alternative if you don't want to pay a premium. The choice is yours - we have both in our web store. We also sell a third type, manufacturing quality comparable to Dr. Roller, but the price is only $29,-. This roller is of such good quality that we call it the "OwnDoc roller" and it carries the Vaughter Wellness logo:
When we talk about manufacturing quality, please note that the needle quality is always perfect with the rollers in our assortment, but the cheaper the roller, the more likely it becomes that small manufacturing flaws occur, of which the most noticeable a wobbly roller head (sideways, insignificant for the operation of the roller, but cheaper to produce). The cheapest rollers can have scratchy boxes or other cosmetic flaws that are irrelevant to the working of the roller. We think that our own model offers the best value for money.
What to buy? You'll need something to prick your skin with. Either a single needle, a dermastamp, or a dermaroller. Dermarollers come in different needle lengths, depending on the skin problem you're attacking. They also come in different roller head widths, depending on the shape of the skin issue and on where that skin is located. You'll also need an occlusive vitamin ointment as after-care. Those two things are the only real essentials, but it would be wise to add vitamin C powder to your purchase for a fresh homemade serum, and Chloramine-T for the most effective sterilization of your dermaneedling instrument - both in terms of price and in terms of bacteria-killing ability.
If you want to start shopping you can do that at this stage, because all items in our web store have a detailed description of their recommended use. Just click on their photo. Don't get tempted into buying more than you need - a detailed overview of exactly what microneedling instrument fits which skin problem is provided further, below. When in doubt, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Which needling instruments, needle length and products to use?
The is explained in our dermarolling instructions (PDF).
You can also read them below - use the blue arrow to go to page 5-10 to get advice on exactly what you need to treat most skin problems:
We sell several test-winning dermarollers
Brand-independent as we are, we purchased over a dozen different dermarollers, tested them and now sell the test winner in our dermaroller shop. Read our dermaroller test for details. There are important factors in a dermaroller that are rarely mentioned, such as needle taper - important for easy skin penetration and long-term sharpness.
Isn't it dangerous or can I get an infection when rolling with 1.5 mm needles?
Not dangerous at all. With maximum pressure, the needles penetrate 1.3 mm and that is too shallow to be able to puncture all but cappilary veins (the occasional pin-point bleeding) or reach nerves. Sterilize the skin with disinfecting alcohol before dermarolling. After rolling you clean the roller with hot water and soap and soak it in disinfecting alcohol or Chloramine-T. Your immune system has antibodies to the bacteria that live on your skin, so rolling those into your skin is extremely unlikely to cause infection. We have tens of thousands of customers and we have never heard of an infection occuring.
Is dermarolling painful?
It is, but acceptably so. The longer the needles the more it hurts. However, the first rolling is usually perceived more painful than further rollings. Also, when you roll, the first minutes are more painful and it gets better as you continue. It furthermore depends where you roll. I can roll anywhere on my face and body with a 1.5 mm or 2 mm dermaroller without a numbing cream with the exception of above and around the lips. I use a numbing cream there. Topical anesthetic creams are often available in the pharmacy without prescription. We sell Xylocaine numbing cream in our web store. The best solution for large skin areas is an ice pack or a small plastic bottle with ice. This works very well and has no side effects. (Do not hold the ice on the same spot too long, otherwise there is a small danger of frostbite).
Why vitamin C?
Vitamin C is essential for elastin and collagen formation and it is an excellent antioxidant. It will support your dermarolling results. Humans can't synthesize vit. C like most other mammals can - we get it from food.
To achieve high concentrations of this vitamin in the skin, you have to apply it directly to it. We offer 20 grams of pure, food-grade vit. C crystals to make a homemade vit. C serum.
Vitamin C skin creams or serums need to be freshly prepared to be effective.
"Aesthetic Surgery of the Facial Mosaic" by Dimitrije E. Panifilov:
Why A-Ret gel for dermarolling pre-treatment?
Contains 0.05% Retinoic acid (Tretinoin). Recommended for dermarolling pre-treatment of aging or sun-damaged skin, stretch marks, scars, hyperpigmentations and skin that lost its elasticity.
Partially reverses sun damage and reduces wrinkles, helps unclogging pores and clean blackheads, controls acne, speeds up diminishing of post-acne and other pigmentations and evens skin tone.
Studies showed that Tretinoin improved the appearance of fresh stretch marks and to a lesser extent of old stretch marks.
A pea-sized amount of gel is enough for the entire face. Don't use more.
Dermarolling after-care: Why Infadolan ointment?
Infadolan is a medical grade, regenerative ointment with vit. A and D for optimal care and protection of the skin immediately after dermarolling. It increases the turnover and formation of new collagen, elastin and skin cells and acts as a skin growth hormone It contains a non-acidic form of vit. A
(Retinyl acetate) suitable for dermarolled skin.
It does not contain alcohol, preservatives or other substances that are not appropriate for “open” (microneedled) skin. Contrary to Retinoic acid, Retinol acetate does not stress and irritate open skin. It is slowly converted by the body's enzymes into Retinoic acid. Dr. Des Fernandes, arguably the world's #1 microneedling expert and co-inventor of the dermaroller, has this graph on his website, concluding that Retinol acetate is overall the most stable, best penetrating and least irritating variant of vit. A (+ means "how much" so two + signs under "Skin irritation" is very good):
Clinical picture by Dr. Des Fernandes:
Vitamin D2 stimulates glycosaminoglycans and accelerates wound healing. It promotes re-epithelialization of the skin.
Research shows that skin regeneration is optimal under anaerobic, moist conditions, making Infadolan ointment an excellent choice. An ointment contains at least 80% oil - a more effective barrier against moisture loss and bacterial infection than a cream can provide. Our ointment is semi-occlusive (prevents loss of moisture) and contains non-allergenic Lanolin, which is an outstanding moisturizer. It's supplied in a tube so that it can't get contaminated by bacteria. Infadolan is used in European burn-care centers.
Why the special single needle?
To get the best results with stretch marks, scars or individual wrinkles, you should go to a depth of approx. 1.8 mm, with more pricks per cm² than a 1.5 mm roller can achieve without turning the surrounding skin into mush. The only good solution is to use a single needle with 0.25 mm diameter and a long taper for easy, painless penetration. You literally crush the scar tissue. This technique is called "needle-abrasion". You only treat the scars, not the surrounding skin. Our needles are custom-made. The dermarolling results are excellent. With elongated scars, you use a dermaroller with a single line of needles.
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Please read our dermarolling instructions thoroughly. We base our recommendations on scientific publications, email correspondence with dermatologists and the combined experience of our customers.
- Read our dermaroller test
- See our single-needle results
- Visit our dermarolling forum
- Read our dermarolling articles
- Read our dermarolling instructions
- Dermarolling before-and-after pictures
Do not roll the upper eyelid, wounds, active acne, moles, Rosacea, Psoriasis or rashes.
Read our instructions - they contain important guidelines.
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