If you struggle with deep acne scars and pockmarks, you’ve probably tried every topical treatment, serum, and DIY mask to attempt to reduce the appearance of your acne scars. If you’ve looked into professional treatments by dermatologists or licensed aestheticians, you’ve most likely come across microneedling. You’ve seen the before-and-after pictures, but you might still be wondering if microneedling really helps acne scars?
Yes, microneedling really helps acne scars. The process promotes the growth of new collagen in your skin, encouraging your skin to heal itself, reducing the appearance of ice pick, boxcar, and rolling acne scars.
Let’s dive into the specifics about how you can reduce acne scars with microneedling.
How Microneedling Helps Acne Scars
Microneedling tools are comprised of small needles (most commonly penetrating 0.5mm–1mm) that gently puncture the skin and create small wounds. These wounds are nearly imperceptible, but your skin recognizes that it needs to heal itself so it produces more collagen. This increase in collagen production helps smooth out scars as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
Most patients see a noticeable reduction in acne scars after a few treatments. Deep scars or pockmarks are lessened and skin has a more even tone and texture in as few as three treatments. The new skin that’s created will be firmer, brighter, and smoother! Even those without acne scars will see an improvement in their skin’s appearance.
The recommended treatment cycle is one treatment every four to six weeks. Three to four treatments are recommended to see optimal results, with yearly follow-up treatments after that.
Microneedling Side Effects
Compared to other scar-reduction treatments, microneedling’s side effects are relatively minimal. You may experience some redness or inflammation, or even slight bruising. Avoiding excess sun exposure and drinking lots of water before and after your treatment can lessen the chance of experiencing side effects. Most people, however, will have minimal or no side effects and can return to their usual schedule within 24-hours of treatment.
Certain individuals should not undergo microneedling treatments. If you easily scar, are pregnant, or have rosacea or eczema, talk with your dermatologist to decide if microneedling is right for you.
Professional vs At-Home Microneedling for Acne Scars
At-home dermarollers have increased in popularity over the past few years. Bloggers, beauty journalists, and Amazon reviewers have sung the praises of how a $20 roller brightened, firmed, and improved their skin. However, these at-home devices and their results differ greatly from professional microneedling treatments.
If you dermaroll your skin yourself, you greatly increase the potential to damage your skin. Even if you correctly do the procedure on yourself, you won’t see the same results as you would if it was done by a professional.
Microneedling, when done by a professional, can help reduce acne scars. Here at Skinspa, our licensed estheticians use SkinPen®, the first microneedling device cleared by the US FDA. It delivers consistent, noticeable results for acne scars for individuals age 22 and up.