Acne, Shmacne: What Microneedling Can Do For Your Acne Scars

Posted on: 2 August 2016


Acne is, unfortunately, a skin condition that happens to most people during their lives, albeit in differing degrees of severity. But whether you have had terrible acne or if you just couldn't stop yourself from popping those pimples, chances are very good that you have at least a few acne scars – and that you'd like to get rid of those scars if at all possible. The good news is that getting rid of those scars is, in fact, possible, through a relatively new collagen-boosting technique. So if you're curious about microneedling and what it can do to get rid of those scars on your skin, then here's what you need to know.

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling is the latest in a long line of aesthetic medical procedures designed to take away any imperfections on your skin. Repeated jabs with tiny needles work to puncture your skin just enough to send it into recovery mode, without doing enough damage to cause you to bleed or scar (which would just work against the purpose of microneedling). Recovery mode entails your skin working to produce more collagen to fill in the minute gaps left by the needles – and more collagen in your skin means that it bounces back more quickly from trauma, repairs old scars into new skin, and makes it less likely to scar in the future.

How Does It Work?

Microneedling is generally done with a pen-like device that has several little needles poking out of it and is powered by a motor. The motor controls both how hard and how often the needles are pressed into the skin, allowing you to customize just how intense of a session you want (or how intense a session your skin needs in order to see a difference). Before the pen begins to roll over your face, however, you'll generally have some sort of numbing cream applied, just to erase any discomfort that may have occurred without it. As an added bonus, the new collagen can help any areas of your face with large pores (like around the nose area for many people) to look smaller and thus more aesthetically pleasing.

Are There Any Side Effects?

As with any skin work, there are a few side effects that you should know about before going under the pen. Pink, slightly tender skin for the rest of the day after a treatment is a common side effect, usually manageable by applying a recommended cream to your face throughout the next day or so. Microneedling is also not recommended if you're currently having an acne breakout, as it can actually spread the acne around you face and make it even worse. But if you're willing to put up with pink skin and don't have fresh acne on your face, microneedling could be just the skin solution you're looking for. For more information, visit