Can Microneedling Help Treat My Acne?

Microneedling is the process of creating many tiny microchannels in the skin. These channels fill in with new scar tissue which the body then uses  to connect the tissue adjacent to each opening, creating a mold for building new skin cells.

Acne discolors the skin as well, with red or light brown patches resulting from the infected pores and scarring. The cells continue to replicate damaged skin, and the only way to correct this is by introducing a tool that is both replenishing and cleansing.

Microneedling is one of the most effective ways to kick start the rejuvenation process. The body responds to the creation of tiny micro-openings in the skin by accelerating the production of new tissue, as well as collagen and elastin. Performed repeatedly over a set period of time, microneedling can significantly improve the skin tone and texture.

Microneedling improves scars in these 3 key ways:

  • Breaks down scar tissue.
  • Enzymes are triggered that dissolve and remodel the scar.
  • Triggers new collagen growth to fill in the scar.

Before getting treatment for your acne scars, it is important to clear your acne. New acne breakouts can lead to new acne scars. Having acne also means that your skin is inflamed. Inflammation reduces the effectiveness of treatment for acne scars.

Whether the results be lightening blemishes, scarring, or fine lines and wrinkles, microneedling is one of the least invasive ways to care for these problems. Downtime is quite minimal compared to other treatments and won’t cause unhealthy downsides like lasers, bleaching, strong chemical peels, and fillers can.

For example, with procedures such as laser therapy, things like acne scarring are treated with intense heat. The problem with this is that temperatures over 109 degrees can trigger a shock protein. This results in an increase of collagen. This sounds like what you’d want in this type of procedure, but research is finding that the skin may behave negatively long term, say 10-15 years down the road. This is due to introducing too much heat, “shocking” the skin, and causing an overload of inflammation. On top of that, darker skin naturally absorbs more heat. This can cause burns, or worse, more scarring.

It’s important to know what will keep you safe and acne free. We always do our best to share with you our research and firsthand accounts of what will work for you now and long term.
Check in with our office if you have any questions about getting your acne under control.  We can also advise you when scar treatments are right for you. Give us a call at 801-800-6602 to schedule a consultation.

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