Microneedling (sometimes referred to as dermarolling) is often used as an anti-aging skin care treatment but can also be used by dermatologists to help treat certain acne scarring issues. There are different types of acne scars, so with this skin condition, this can be a determining factor when deciding on the best treatment to use.
Atrophic acne scars are scars that take the form of depressions in the skin. This type of acne scar results from a loss of collagen within the skin itself. So, to treat this kind of acne scar we look at methods to replace this lost collagen. Microneedling is one of the methods we recommend for this type of acne scarring. In addition to this, skin needling is often combined with dermal fillers as this can help achieve the best results.
The way microneedling devices works is that tiny needles are used to make pin pricks in the skin. These fine needles break the skin slightly and this damage helps promote new collagen production within the dermis. As the skin heals new collagen is generated by the body’s own natural processes. When this happens, the damage from acne is reduced, new skin is generated, and this promotes skin texture rejuvenation. Numbing cream is typically applied prior to the microneedle treatment, to ensure that any associated pain is reduced to a minimum.
How often should you have microneedling for acne scars?
You should be able to undergo microneedling for acne scarring once every four to six weeks. Your dermatologist will provide you with a treatment schedule for this. You need to wait this length of time to ensure that the new collagen regrowth has time to be effective. You may also require a few microneedling treatment sessions for the best results. Depending on how bad your acne scars are can determine how many treatment you need. The treatment of acne can take a while, but the good news is that there are a lot of procedures that can be used to effectively treat acne scars.
Before & After photo of patient with PRP, V-beam and Microneedling treatment
With microneedling there is very little downtime and a patient might experience some redness and soreness after the session for a few days. Some of the side effects can include minor bruising and skin irritation.
Which treatment is best for acne scars?
Along with microneedling there are a range of treatment options that are suitable for acne scarring. Because acne can present itself in a range of different forms, and every individual is unique, there is no one best treatment that is universal. Instead there are a range of different ways to tackle acne scarring and the one that will be best for you can be determined when you meet for a consultation. You can find out more about the types of acne scar treatments that are available by visiting our main acne section – other potential treatments include chemical peels and laser treatments and your dermatologist will recommend which treatment they think will perform the best in your own individual case.
If you have active acne and are still susceptible to acne breakouts and pimples then this should be addressed prior to a microneedling session. If you are still suffering from acne there are a range of dermatology treatments that can help with this too.