Acne, the obnoxious dermatological condition that should have remained a relic of puberty, is bad enough when you have to deal with occasional breakouts as an adult. But it’s even worse when it wreaks havoc on your skin, leaving behind scars that won’t fade or diminish with the help of exfoliation and scar creams. There’s even a name for it: atrophic scarring, which occurs when severe acne prevents the skin from regenerating tissue properly, causing indented scars to form below the top layer of skin.
If you suffer from atrophic scarring with acne scars that still show through your makeup, microneedling might be the answer. Here’s how microneedling treatments work on acne scars:
What is microneedling?
Also called dermarolling or skin needling, microneedling is a minimally invasive dermatological procedure that uses a roller with superfine needles to glide over your skin while making miniscule pinpricks. The pinpricks break down collagen bundles in the top layer of skin and stimulate the production of new collagen to heal the tiny wounds, smoothing out your skin in the process.
How does microneedling diminish acne scars?
Microneedling is most effective with depressed scars, as the added collagen production will help fill in and smooth out the empty spaces left behind by acne. The result is plumper, more even skin texture and less obvious scarring. Microneedling also works for other types of scars and skin conditions, including:
- Burn scars
- Surgical scars
- Sun damage
- Stretch marks
- Oversized pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
Additionally, microneedling is safe for thin and sensitive skin, as well as darker skin tones because it doesn’t remove or damage the top layer of skin.
What is Infini Microneedling?
Microneedling is a great option to reduce the appearance of acne scars, but if you’re in need of a more intense treatment, Infini Radiofrequency (RF) Microneedling might be just what you’re looking for. Infini RF rollers feature insulated gold pins that deliver radio frequency energy three layers deep into the skin where collagen and elastin fibers form support structures. The boost in collagen production from deep within the skin results in faster and more dramatic results than traditional microneedling. In addition to smoothing out acne scars, Infini RF Microneedling can:
- Tighten loose and sagging skin
- Reduce the appearance of sun damage
- Smooth out rough or dry skin patches
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Diminish large pores
- Increase the effectiveness of facial serums and creams.
What are the side effects of microneedling?
Whether you choose infini microneedling for acne scars or other skin conditions, you can expect mild redness, inflammation, or bruising after the procedure, but these should clear up within a few days. You will also need to avoid direct sun exposure and rigorous exercise during the recovery time, along with exfoliants and alcohol-based skin products that could irritate the freshly-treated skin.
Traditional and Infini Microneedling in San Diego
If you have stubborn acne scars that won’t fade or hide under makeup, Viva Wellness in San Diego can help. Our team of professional skincare experts will guide you through the microneedling process to help you achieve your smoothest, healthiest skin. Fill out our contact form or give us a call at (619) 648-4447 to schedule a consultation today.