It's frustrating to deal with acne let alone the scars that pimples can leave behind.
Cystic acne and picking at your skin can lead to acne scars. These scars can last for several months if not years or a lifetime. What can you do, you ask? You have tried numerous over-the-counter products and have had many clinical peels, all to no avail. There is a solution and it's called Microneedling!
Microneedling, sometimes called Collagen Induction Therapy or Skin Needling is a specialised treatment, done by a dermal clinician and treats a variety of skincare concerns, including acne scars and wrinkles, with positive results.
How effective is Microneedling for acne scars?
Fine needles pierce your skin creating a controlled trauma, which, in turn, stimulates the healing process and inducing collagen within the skin. The theory is that the new collagen formed will reduce the appearance of scars filling in the scar and smoothing out your skin’s appearance. Microneedling may be used for:
wrinkles and fine lines and
Microneedling works best for depressed acne scars and not for raised scars.
The results are greater enhanced when skin needling on acne scars is done in combination with vitamin A treatments and PRP.
What can I expect after a Microneedling treatment?
After Microneedling, you will experience the following: redness, inflammation, tenderness and heat, (like a sunburn). However, the treated skin generally settles and heals within 24 to 72 hours.
It is best to avoid direct sunlight and excessive exercise after your treatment. Also, avoid the use of exfoliants until the skin heals. The use of vitamin A and hyaluronic acid as well as anti-inflammatories can be applied to the skin and will aid the healing process.
Unlike other invasive skin treatments, Microneedling is considered to be quick healing with minimal downtime. A lightweight foundation powder can be applied if you want to camouflage any redness. Microneedling is not recommended if you have acne or if you have rosacea or eczema.
Acne scars improve with treatment and the use of anti-ageing serums and creams, like vitamin a and epidermal growth factors. Using a home derma roller is also effective in the promotion of healthy new cells and the stimulation of collagen and allowing enhanced product absorption. The end result will be a healthier skin with visible scar reduction.