How Many Microneedling Sessions For Acne Scars

How Many Microneedling Sessions For Acne Scars

The acne issue is quite frustrating. After battling with removing the acne, it leaves behind scars. Scars can come from cystic acne or just from you picking on your skin. And just like every other scar, acne scars can stay for months and years. 

However, you can carry out six sessions of microneedling to clear these acne scars off.

If you have tried to use over-the-counter products before, then you can consider using micro-needling to remove the scars from acne. Microneedling also called dermarolling, or skin needling is carried out by a dermatologist to treat several skin concerns, including scars and wrinkles.

Effectiveness of micro-needling for acne scars

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Just as the name, microneedling is the use of fine needles to prick your skin. The skin will then produce collagen so it can heal the small wounds. The principle is that the new collagen formed will help to smooth the skin and cover the wrinkles and the scars. Skin needling is used for burn scars, acne scars, surgical scars, sun damage, and sagging skin.

However, microneedling has been noticed to work perfectly for depressed acne and not for raised acne scars. For raised acne scars, it means you already have excess collagen there. Unlike several other skin correction treatments like laser therapy, skin needling is seen as safe for darker skin. Skin needling does not remove any layer of the skin.

The side effect of skin needling for acne scars

Of course, despite its efficiency in removing scars, you need to expect some side effects such as bruising, inflammation, and redness. But these effects would typically be resolved in a few days.

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In the first few days after microneedling, you should avoid the sun and difficult exercise. You should not use any exfoliating agent or any alcohol-based skin products. There is also the chance of having acne breakouts after the skin needling process. You should also not have any makeup on before your skin needling appointment.

If you are currently having an acne breakout, you should not carry out skin needling. It is also not recommended when you have eczema and rosacea. If you experience scaring easily, you should talk to your doctor because there is a chance that micro-needling can cause more scars.

Cost of Microneedling for acne scars

Although many dermatologists will carry out microneedling, yet it is not covered by insurance. This is partly because it is not a medical necessity but an aesthetic treatment. But the actual cost of microneedling depends on your location. But the average cost will be around $300. You will need an average of two to three rounds of treatment to eliminate those scars.

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There is evidence that shows that acne scars can improve on its own with time. But some are still permanent except treatment is made. There are some products labeled for anti-aging that can improve scars on your face, but those do not get rid of these acne scars. Also, their effect will wear off when you stop using the products.

Your dermatologist can tell you if micro-needling is the next step to take for your acne scars. But before you skin needling, check out all your options to determine the most affordable and safest means to eliminating those acne scars.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should you microneedle for acne scars?

Micro-needling can be safe to repeat after 4 to 6 weeks just until you get your desired results. If to induce collagen growth, then you should have at least 3 treatments; while for scar reduction, 6 treatments are okay.

How long does it take to see results from micro needling?

Four to six weeks. When your skin layer is penetrated by needles, then your body triggers a healing process to cover up those micro wounds immediately but results are usually seen after the 4th week.

Can microneedling ruin your skin?

Microneedling is quite effective for acne scars but it also have the chance to scar your skin and cause bruises.

Does microneedling permanently remove acne scars?

Yes. Your skin will become firmer and brighter giving it a better appearance.

How long does your face stay red after microneedling?

The inflammatory effect of microneedling is quite short and within 12 to 24 hours your skin should go back to normal. However, some persons can experience swelling for up to 48 hours.

Mary is the Senior Director of Medical Affairs at Health Parrots. She brings her years of clinical and healthcare technology experience to help consistently create high quality, concise and engaging content and products that uphold the highest medical integrity. She is an M.D. recipient from Baylor College of Medicine and completed her residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, TX. After years of clinical practice, Dr. Le transitioned from clinical medicine to healthcare technology through her work at Epocrates, where she developed clinical news products and disease and drug content. With her wealth of experience, She has also helped create an EHR, secure messaging products, and clinical decision support tools for healthcare systems.


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