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Will Micro needling help with acne scars?

Acne scars can leave a lasting impact on self-esteem and confidence. For those who have battled with acne in the past, the aftermath of scarring can be a frustrating experience.

Thankfully, advances in skin technology have led to the rise of micro needling as a solution for treating acne scars.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the use of tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries on the skin's surface. These microscopic wounds stimulate the body's natural healing process, encouraging the production of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins responsible for maintaining the skin's elasticity and structure.

Types of Acne Scars

Microneedling has gained popularity as a potential treatment for acne scars due to its ability to promote collagen and elastin production, essentially stimulating new skin growth!

  1. Atrophic Scars: Microneedling has shown promising results in improving atrophic scars, which are characterized by depressions in the skin. The stimulation of collagen production through micro needling can help elevate these scars, reducing their appearance over time.

  2. Hypertrophic Scars: On the opposite, hypertrophic scars, which are raised and often red in colour. Microneedling could potentially worsen hypertrophic scars, due to the over-formation of collagen.

  3. Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH): Microneedling is beneficial for reducing the dark spots left behind after an acne breakout. By encouraging cell turnover and the creation of new skin, micro needling can help fade these marks, resulting in a more even skin tone.

Acne scars

How many treatments are needed?

The number of micro needling sessions required to see significant improvements in acne scars can vary from person to person. Generally, a minimum of five sessions spaced 6-8 weeks apart are recommended to achieve results. You can typically start noticing improvements after a few sessions, with more visible results over time. Scarring takes time to treat and there is unfortunately no quick fix, but with a great skin therapist micro needling can be the solution to your acne scarring.

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