Those who have acne scars have wondered at least once in their lives, “Is there any way to get rid of them?” That question and more will be answered in the following blog post.

The important thing that we will touch on first here is, what’s the difference between microneedling and nano treatments?

Microneedling

Microneedling uses 12 small (33 gauge) needles to create micro channels in the skin that stimulate the cells’ response to injury.  Normal healing begins the moment of tissue injury.  Blood components spill into the injury, causing platelets to come into contact with the cellular matrix.  This triggers the release of clotting factors, growth factors, and several kinds of collagen fibers.  Phagocytosis occurs when neutrophils enter the area and remove foreign material, bacteria and damaged tissue.  Microneedling is not recommended for people with skin cancer, pregnant, open lesions, a compromised immune system, on anticoagulants or blood thinners or severe rosacea.  Microneedling is backed by years of testing and can help with the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, improvement of stretch marks, minimize pore size and improve the skin texture and tone.  It is also known to work really well with melasma (pregnancy mask) as it does not use heat to to risk post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.

As opposed to nano treatments:

The nano cartridge head uses 81 silicone tips.  These microscopic hairlike cones (not needles) claim to enhance topical product absorption. However no evidence-based published studies show data that enhanced penetration is a measurable outcome. So, the benefit of using such nano treatments remains theoretical at this point and no science to back it’s claim. The nano treatments are definitely less invasive treatment and plumping of the skin can create smoothness and instant gratification for the short term.

Nano needling is safe to use on all skin types as it does not use heat to risk post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation as the melanocytes remain intact (as long as post care is followed).

The main difference between nano treatments and microneedling is that nano treatments only work on the epidermis with a needleless alternative.  While microneedling is capable of penetrating much deeper into the skin. While this may sound a little scary, this is actually a good thing when trying to improve acne scarring. Microneedling is able to accomplish everything you want out of a skincare procedure involving needles; deeper penetration so that products can do their job better and better results for improving acne scars and fine lines and wrinkles.

The way that microneedling is able to accomplish this is not only by penetrating tiny needles deeper into the skin than nano treatments but also by stimulating collagen production by creating tiny “micro injuries” to the skin.

The easiest way to explain the difference between nano treatments and micro needling is that nano treatments could be called “epidermal plumping via mechanical agitation.” Microneedling on the other hand has the science behind its technology which can actual work to improve acne scar recovery by stimulating collagen growth and improve overall skin appearance.

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