Micro-needling has become a very popular treatment recently and many ladies and gents are seeking this procedure, especially those suffering from acne scars that have created dents on the previously treated acne spots.. Micro-needling is known to be a simple and non-invasive procedure that does not require one to be overly concerned. However, some people fear it would make their acne scarring worse.. Below is a detailed overview which will answer all your questions regarding micro-needling..
What Is Microneedling And How Does It Work?
Based on the fact that anything that needs healing has to be formerly wounded, micro-needling does just that.. By using tiny needles to create small puncture wounds in the skin, the skin is automatically triggered to initiate its own healing response, which is pretty powerful. The concept might sound scary to many, however, once you know that no pain is associated and that a topical numbing cream is applied before a single needle ever touches your face, then your fear of pain will diminish.. A dermaroller is used, and contains needles that usually range anywhere from 0.5-3.5 mm in length.
What Are The Benefits Of Micro-needling?
1 || Collagen Production
Collagen production is a huge part of your skin’s healing process, so by creating superficial wounds that won’t cause lasting damage, you’re essentially tricking your skin into creating new collagen.
2 || Helps With Acne Scars
Severe acne scars (such as cystic or nodular) leave indents in the skin. Picking and squeezing increases the likelihood that a blemish will leave an atrophic (indented) scar in its wake. These indents can linger for years, or never resolve. Micro-needling helps stimulate your skin’s own production of collagen, these indents can be filled in overtime, giving the skin an overall smoother appearance. Basically, micro-needling helps “plump out” acne scars. When combined with radio frequency, the treatment is able to penetrate more effectively through micro-channels created by the needles.
Can Micro-needling Make Acne Scars Worse?
You need a pro to assess your type of acne scarring.. If you have hypertrophic scars (also known as keloids), which are raised scars caused by an overproduction of collagen during the healing process, micro-needling is not recommended. Since collagen excess is already the issue, you want to stay away from procedures that trigger further collagen production.
Can I Treat Indented Acne Scarring At Home?
Luckily, there are things you can do at home to boost collagen production. Whether or not you’re having micro-needling done, adding in one or more of these steps will benefit you.
- Retinoids are usually found in prescription-strength products that you’ll need to get from a dermatologist. If your skin is too sensitive for a retinoid, you can look for an over the counter product that contains retinol. Retinol is gentler, but still stimulates collagen production.
- Vitamin C. Look into using a Vitamin C serum during the day. Vitamin C both helps builds collagen and prevents it from being broken down further.
- Exfoliating Acids. Exfoliating acids can help plump the skin by building collagen, but they also help give the skin a more even-textured appearance by “sanding down” 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 every day is crucial.
What About At-Home Microneedling?
Derma-rollers and derma-pens have taken off. However, rolling needles across your face sounds a bit scary.. There’s so much potential for damaging your skin, seeking professional help is advised.