Using a dermaroller to target a few dark spots and wrinkles…

Posted by on October 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm.

DermarollerAbout a month ago, I started using a derma roller on my face. I stumbled upon the derma roller by accident when I was looking for additional ways to clear up my few dark spots. The procedure is also called “skin needling” or “micro needling.”

I must say, I thought it was interesting that people were actually using a roller with tiny needles to puncture their skin. Say what? That sounds painful! Still, I was fascinated… I do have a high tolerance for pain but after rolling, I found out that it was not too painful. I don’t have too many problem issues with my skin; a few dark spots and wrinkles on my forehead. But I will say that I have seen improvements since adding it into my routine.

Before trying it on myself, I did a lot of research, watched a lot of videos so I’d know how to use my derma roller effectively.

The Dr. Roller site says…

Skin Needling (or Micro-Needling) is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy which stimulates collagen, significantly improving the appearance of scars, fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks and acne scars.

The process of skin needling is carried out by a small hand-held roller covered with numerous micro-needles. As you roll it on your skin (much like the way you would with a paint roller), these needles penetrate the upper layers of the skin (only as deep as the Needle Length used), causing a very minor trauma to the skin, just enough for it to perceive it as damage, and signal your body to release new collagen and elastin – two of the key building blocks of skin.


Recently, I’ve stepped up my skin care routine by using my electronic skin brush, homemade vitamin C serum and the derma roller. And now my skin is glowing again!

Besides putting more thought into my skin care routine, I know that there are other contributing factors to my healthy skin; such as reducing my candida symptoms and successfully eliminating my  digestive/constipation issues. Also, I’ve upped my daily intake of drinking freshly juiced vegetables and fruit.  All these factors have done wonders for my skin and is gradually returning it back to what I’m used to seeing.

To give you an idea on how the derma roller is used, I’ve posted a few videos that I’d watched on You Tube. The ladies featured in the two videos I’m showing mainly used the derma roller to target their acne. I never had acne issues, but the derma roller does work for other skin care issues such as dark spots, wrinkles, stretch marks, etc.,


Who knows… maybe I’ll have my daughter videotaping me while I use the derma roller on my skin.

I will say, over the past few weeks I have received a lot of compliments. A few people knew instantly what was going on and others had no idea they just knew something about me was different.

In fact, I’m getting ready for another derma rolling session. I just finished making a skin butter for my face. It has cocoa butter, vitamin E and a few essential oils added to the blend. I’ll be applying this after I finish derma rolling.


  1. Dr. Roller: What is Skin Needling?
  2. The International Dermal Institute: Skin Needling: Hurting or Helping?
  3. DermaNet NZ: Skin Needling: What is Skin Needling and How does it Work?
  4. Pub Med: Percutaneous collagen induction therapy: an alternative treatment for scars, wrinkles, and skin laxity.


  • Jennifer says:

    I don’t know if I could do that I’m a wimp and have needle phobia lol
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, As I tell my daughter, if you tell yourself you can’t do something, it most likely won’t get done. The mind is powerful, it’s all about changing the way you view things; including your fears. 😉

    Combined with everything else I’m doing, I am thrilled with the results I am seeing. It takes time, but it took time for some of these wrinkles and spots to appear so they won’t disappear overnight. I’m fine with that.
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  • Kenny says:

    Hi Opal, is there much irritation or inflamation to the skin that is treated with the dermaroller? Does it leave visible tracks of needle holes after use or cause temporary swelling? I understand that the end result is healing to the skin but I’m trying to understand how traumatic the process is in getting there. Also, how long are the needles on the roller that you have been using?
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    Opal Reply:

    @Kenny, I would say it depends on your skin. With myself, I chose a roller that had stainless steel needles I don’t have a reaction to that metal. The needles are thin so it most likely won’t leave holes. Check out a few videos and photos, you’ll see that the needles are not huge. I liken it to being pricked by a sewing needle, but not as painful (at least for me) since you’re controlling what’s happening. Needle length varies in size. I don’t use anything higher than 1.0mm, but professionals use as high as 2.5mm.

    Derma rollers can also be used on other parts of the body besides the face. The results on scars seems to be fairly impressive. I’ve read a lot of great information about that, but scarring isn’t an issue for myself. I also have a 0.2mm dermal roller, that one reminds me of a sloughing pad and it can be used daily, but I don’t. The 1.0mm I use once monthly, some use it more and I might eventually, since I’m impressed with what I’m seeing thus far. The first line on my forehead, right above my eyebrows, has definitely diminished.

    I use my dermarollers in conjunction with my homemade vitamin C serum. Yes, there is slight stinging involved but that’s an acid, L-Ascorbic Acid. Vitamin C is great for the skin and I have definitely seen the lightening of dark spots. It’s much faster than the cocoa butter I use.

    As with anything, it’s always important to do a skin patch test, since people can have reactions to natural products also.
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    Kenny Reply:

    @Opal, Thanks Opal!


    Opal Reply:

    @Kenny, You’re welcome!

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