Sometimes, you might have to face scars that pimples often leave behind. Acne scars develop from the intensive skin inflammation of cystic acne.
Acne scars can last for several months or even for several years. Most are permanent.
If over-the-counter (OTC) products have failed you, you might consider medical microneedling done in a doctor’s office. This skin needling treatment goes beyond a surface treatment. It penetrates deeply into the skin, and activates a cascade of healing skin reactions that smooth out the skin.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation and medical grade process that uses a mechanical device to makes thousands of needle punctures in your skin. This process can be painful, and bleed. Therefore it is best done by a physician who can use prescription numbing creams and aseptic clean skin protocols.
How microneedling works for acne scars:
Microneedling is a controlled process that induces your skin to make more elastin and collagen, resulting in more youthful, healthy and glowing skin. Hence, this professional type of microneedling by your physician is called “collagen induction therapy’.
Microneedling done at your doctor’s office is not the same as home treatments.
Home microneedle treatments:
The home treatments involve the use of the Melanoroller™ which will not be as deep as your doctor’s treatments. These home treatments are excellent for maintaining the effects of the deeper treatments, and help tremendously in the management of acne, pigmentation, large pores, wrinkles, and skin laxity.
Collagen and elastin are important components of our skin. With acne scars, microneedling induces the formation of collagen. Collagen is the main component of dermis and provides essential strength to the dermis. When more collagen is formed deep in the skin, it “fills in” the depressed acne scars.
This makes the acne scars look much less noticeable.
Sometimes, microneedling therapy by your doctor can be combined with PRP, growth factors, stem cells, vitamins, & serums.
This combination therapy further enhances the elastin and collagen induction. Therefore, these combination therapies are useful in treating acne scars.
Not all acne scars can be treated with microneedling.
Therefore it is best to talk to your physicians about all your options for treating acne scars.
It is also important to consider that microneedling works best for “depressed scars”, not for raised scars. The science behind it is related to collagen inducing effects as if you have raised acne scars, your skin is already producing excessive collagen.
Unlike other minimally invasive skin corrective treatments, such as laser therapy, microneedling is considered safe for darker skin tones and actually helps to reduce dark marks & skin pigmentation. This is because it doesn’t damage or remove the outer layer of skin.