If you’re someone who suffers from acne then you’re aware that trying to get rid of acne/ acne scars is a complete nightmare. Lotions, serums, and cleansers often don’t work and are a complete waste of time and money. Luckily, there is one treatment that actually works and will drastically improve your skin; micro-needling.

What is micro-needling?

Micro-needling is a popular treatment used to illuminate acne and also improve the skin’s texture. It is one of the most effective treatments that produce excellent results, especially for acne and acne scars.

The process and how micro-needling works for acne

First, the skin is prepped and washed thoroughly with an anti-bacterial face wash. Next, a numbing cream is applied to the face, in case of any discomfort. Thereafter, the therapist will start the entire process of micro-needling the face.
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To simply explain the process of micro-needling and why it works for acne/ acne scars we look at the skin in general. Think about the last time you cut your finger while chopping veggies, it was painful, yeah but it also healed itself.

Likewise, the concept of micro-needling is similar. The skin is slightly “damaged” by getting small needles punctured in the skin’s surface.  Once this damage occurs the skin tries to recover and heal itself by increasing cells and collagen.

Is micro-needling safe and is there any downtime?

Micro-needling is extremely safe and just about anyone can have it done. The whole procedure is completely safe to do and you can do it by yourself at home using a derma roller.

If you choose to do this procedure at home then it’s important to do a bit of research beforehand. For instance, you will need to know what size needles to buy based on what you’re trying to target. For acne and scaring you will need a 0.55mm- 1.00mm needle.

With regards to downtown, there is none. You might experience skin sensitivity and redness around your face, which is completely normal. In some cases, your skin might slightly bleed and this should not cause any concern. Over the next few days, the skin might even get slightly flaky; this usually promotes new skin growth.

Micro-needling acne aftercare

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Immediately after micro-needling, it’s vital to get the skin well-nourished and moisturized. Apply your favorite skin-care products and allow to penetrate the skin. It has been also been proven that products absorb way more efficiently into the skin after treatment; this is mainly because of the tiny holes punctured into the skin.

Another important aftercare tip is to avoid direct sunlight for a couple of hours; only go outside if you must. Make sure that you apply sunscreen and wear a hat if you have to do go outdoors. The reason behind this is due to the sensitivity of the skin.

Lastly, try not to apply makeup within the first 24-48 hours if you can. During these hours the pores of the skin are opened up and its best to not to let makeup settle in the pores. Instead, try to use all the best ingredients to pamper your skin.

Is micro-needling only used for acne treatment?

No, micro-needling is highly beneficial and it’s used for a number of different things.

  • Thinning hair- The derma roller helps stimulate the hair and improves hair growth
  • Stretch marks- Promotes new skin cells and assists in tissue build.
  • Cellulite
  • Hyperpigmentation- Reduces sun spots and pigmentations
  • Improves deep scaring
  • Reduces and refines pores- Minimizes the appearance of pores
  • Cell regeneration
  • Sagging skin

What are the different needle sizes and what are they used for?

Depending on the nature of your issue you will need different needless to help tackle the specific issue you want to treat.

Each needle size accommodates differently and needle sizes vary from as little as 0.25mm to 3.00mm. If you use a needle over 2.00mm then it’s highly advised to go to a dermatologist to receive treatment. Reason being that the bigger needles could actually damage the skin if not used correctly.
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0.25mm = Thinning hair

0.5mm = Sunspots and for general usage

1.00mm= Deep acne scars and acne, light marks and stretch marks

1.55mm= Severe stretch marks and scars, sagging skin

2.00mm= Cellulite and stretch marks, cell regeneration