Can Microneedlin clear old acne scars?
Acne scars can be very frustrating, especially when they appear in visible areas of your face or body. Anyone who has suffered from acne knows the frustration pimples bring. For some, even after regular washing of the face, they just can’t make the bumps clear. Treat new acne immediately, consult with your skin specialist to find the best treatment option for you. And don’t pop pimples! You’ll just create more damage in terms of a scar. But what’s worse than those scary red bumps? The spot they leave behind? Microneedling can improve acne scars as well as fine lines which appear due to aging.
Thankfully, because of Skinssence treatment, there’s no need to let pimple marks cause any more frustration. If you notice that your skin remains bumpy after a pimple has cleared, talk to your dermatologist for early treatment. Our goal is to prevent the scars from forming.
What is the Cause of Acne Scars?
Scars form due to skin damage. With acne inflammation, white blood cells and collagen come to the point where they can repair the skin. But they can’t always return the skin earlier, especially when severe acne doesn’t give the skin time to heal before pimples appear again. Although treatments can’t always completely remove acne scarring, most sorts of acne scars are often made less visible with the use of medicines, aesthetic procedures, and changes to your skincare routine.
With skincare becoming technically advanced, there are more professional treatments available than ever before. These high-tech solutions can be great additions to your DIY remedies if you’re looking to target specific skin concerns. But while it’s great having all these options, it can also be expensive at times. A lot of these treatments claim similar results, so how do you know which one to choose? Which will give you the desired results at a reasonable price?
If you’re prone to acne, it’s important to treat your current breakouts before targeting scarring. Today, we have many options for treatment when it comes to acne scars. The Skinssence-laser and skincare clinic offers several non-invasive skin treatments.
Microneedling For Acne Scars—Is It Worths?
Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is so simple and non-invasive. It is in demand for professional treatment these days. It’s a proven treatment for many skin concerns, acne scarring included. But is this the best modality for acne scars? Could it make acne scar worse? In this post, I will try to answer these queries and give a complete view of this popular treatment.
What is the Microneedling procedure and How Does it benefit?
Microneedling is a procedure that uses multiple small needles to create tiny wounds in the skin. The purpose of creating these micro-wounds is to trigger the skin’s healing process, which is pretty powerful. While this may sound scary, microneedling is associated with minimal pain, and your doctor applies a topical numbing cream before the procedure. The procedure is done using a tool called a dermapen or dermaroller, and needles usually range from 0.5-3.0 mm long.
Does Microneedling treat Acne Scars?
While this procedure has many advantages, the greatest benefit of microneedling is collagen production. Collagen production is the main part of your skin’s healing process, so by creating small wounds that won’t cause lasting injury, we’re essentially tricking the skin into forming new collagen.
Microneedling must not be done with active acne because it can leave more acne marks.
True acne scars leave an indention in the skin and are typically caused by severe acne, such as cystic or nodular acne. These are the sorts of blemishes that don’t come to a head, regardless of affords you do or squeeze (which you actually shouldn’t do). Picking and squeezing increases the likelihood that a blemish will leave an atrophic (indented) scar in its wake. These indents are true acne scars and may linger for years, or if they’re deep enough, never resolve.
Microneedling for Indented Acne Scars
The good news is that microneedling can help with indented acne scars. Because it helps stimulate your skin’s collagen production, these indents are often filled in overtime, giving the skin an overall smoother appearance. Microneedling helps “plump out” acne scars.
When one could see the results?
Usually, it takes three to five sessions to begin to see the improvement. When combined microneedling with radiofrequency, it’s able to penetrate more effectively through micro-channels created by the needles.
Microneedling for Hyperpigmentation
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is the technical term for those dark patches that appear around after a blemish heals. Some people use PIH and acne scars interchangeably, but for the sake of this post, it’s important to distinguish between the two.
If you’re looking to fade dark marks, you should go for chemical peels rather than microneedling. These marks will go away on their own eventually. That said, effective chemical peels can do to hurry up the fading process.
Keep in mind that everyone’s body is different, and getting microneedling isn’t guaranteed to make pigmentation better or worse. That said, if this is often your main concern, microneedling isn’t the primary treatment I recommend.
Can Microneedling Make Acne Scars Worse?
If you have hypertrophic scars or keloids, which are due to the overproduction of collagen during the healing process, you should not go for microneedling. Since extra collagen is already present in the issue, you want to stay away from procedures that increase further collagen production.
What About Microneedling at home?
Thanks to social media, many people have noticed that at-home microneedling devices like dermarollers and dermapens have taken off. I’ve seen so many videos on youtube of people blissfully rolling needles on their faces. I strongly believe microneedling of any kind should be left to a skincare expert—there’s such a lot of potential for injuring your skin, it’s just not worthwhile.
As far as topical treatments are concerned; these are best for forming and protecting collagen:
Retinoids are prescription-strength medicine that you’ll need to get from your doctor. If your skin is just too sensitive for a retinoid, you should search for an over-the-counter product that contains retinol. Retinol is gentler but still can stimulate collagen production.
Use Vitamin C serum once a day. Vitamin C helps build collagen and prevents it from being broken down further.
Exfoliating acids can help plump the skin by building collagen, but they also help give the skin a more even-textured appearance by exfoliating the top layers of dead skin cells.
The sun’s rays contribute to the breakdown of collagen more than any other external factor, so wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen twice a day is essential.
Although all of these can help minimize the look of indented acne scars, keep in mind that you can’t expect the same results from topical cream as from a professional procedure. It is important to manage your expectations and beware of anyone who claims it will make your acne scars disappear with a single product.
With numerous high-tech options available for treating acne scars. But, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a skincare professional who is well-versed altogether of these procedures. They are the right person to examine your skin and suggest personalized treatment plans. It’s a treatment worth looking into for indented acne scarring, especially when combined with other therapies like radiofrequency.
Book an appointment with Skinssence-laser and Skincare Clinic today.