The Different Types of Acne Scars and How Micro Needling Can Help

||The Different Types of Acne Scars and How Micro Needling Can Help

The Different Types of Acne Scars and How Micro Needling Can Help

It’s true. Life’s not fair.

As far as we’re concerned, you’re allowed to stomp your feet over the fact that you have acne scars while your best friend from childhood has none. Sure, it would be understandable if she never had acne, but in junior high, her acne was twice as bad as yours! So why are you the one left with scars while she gets to prance around with perfect skin?

You can’t blame her. It’s probably genetic.  Some people just scar easily while others return to smooth complexions once their acne has been treated or has gone away on its own.  But we understand your frustration. Acne scars are a bummer.

The good news is you may not have to live with your acne scars forever.


Types of acne scars

Did you know that not all acne scars are the same? Take a look below at the different types.

Ice pick acne scar – deep pits that extend into the skin, giving the appearance of several punctures by an ice pick

Box car acne scar – angular scars with sharp vertical edges, most often found on cheeks and temples

Rolling acne scars – both shallow and wide, these scars give the appearance of waves and are caused by damage beneath the skin’s surface

Hypertropic acne scars – raised and lumpy, these scars are less common than the other types and are often the result of more severe acne

At Viva Wellness, we understand that no matter which type of acne scars you’re plagued with, you’re ready to say good-bye them. And now you can with micro needling! Unlike chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser treatments, micro needling reduces acne scars with minimal damage to the skin.


What is micro needling?

Micro needling is a minimally invasive therapy that uses an automated device to create controlled skin injury and stimulate your own body’s healing mechanisms and cell regeneration. The micro needling device uses very tiny needles to puncture the skin and create channels, or micro-wounds. These tiny wounds trigger the formation of new capillaries and the production of new collagen and elastin in your skin’s uppermost layer.

Micro needling has proven effective for:

  • Reduction of all types of acne scars (including hypertropic acne scars)
  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tightening of sagging skin
  • Fading of stretch marks


What to expect during a micro needling treatment

Dr. Tachuk will begin by applying a topical numbing cream to the treatment area and selecting the appropriate setting on the device that will best address your specific needs. He will then gently press the micro needling device against your skin while gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered. He will repeat the process multiple times for best results. Patients have associated the feeling of a micro needling treatment with the sensation of sandpaper being lightly moved across the skin. The numbing cream will help keep you comfortable.

The process takes anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the condition, the size of the treatment area, and the desired results. Visible changes to the skin begin to develop right away, though results continue to improve for up to six months.

A few patients require only 1 treatment per year, but for acne scars, most patients have 6 to 8 sessions at 6-week intervals. Dr. Tachuk determines the number of recommended treatments necessary for each individual patient.

It is important to follow all post-care instructions in order to avoid complications and achieve long-lasting results.

Other benefits of micro needling include:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Can be performed in-office
  • Cost effective
  • Can be done on areas not suited for laser resurfacing (such as the eyes)
  • Reduced risk of hyperpigmentation
  • Suitable for thin or sensitive skin
  • Requires minimal downtime


Come see us and let’s get rid of those scars!

At Viva Wellness in San Diego, we know life’s not fair, and we think it’s OK to stomp your feet about it every now and again. But now, you may be able to actually do something about those not-fair acne scars. Come in for a consultation with Dr. Tachuk to find out if micro needling is the right option for you.

2019-05-22T00:16:32+00:00April 4th, 2016|