What the heck is microneedling and could it help with acne scarring?


Microneedling, also known as dermarolling or collagen induction therapy, is an advanced treatment which encourages the skin to repair and freshen itself. It is often used to combat lines and wrinkles, scarring, and acne scarring.

Although it has the word needle in it, please don’t be put off.  Most clients don’t feel any pain, though some report a little minor discomfort or redness of the skin after a session.


Why does acne leave scars?

Acne breakouts damage the skin and tissue beneath it, and the body tries to repair the damage when the breakouts clear.

The skin’s essential protein collagen is produced, but the body may make too much or too little to deal with the damage. That’s when a scar occurs.

People with acne may develop depressed scars or pits if the body produces too little collagen or raised scars if the body produces too much. Producing too much collagen is more common among people who have skins with more melanin.

Scars can happen no matter how hard someone tries to look after their acne and their skin.


How does microneedling work?

Collagen is the substance which keeps the skin looking firm, youthful, and smooth.

As our bodies age, the collagen production in our skin falls and this contributes to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Collagen can also be lost when we are younger if we have acne scarring, stretch marks, or other scars.

Microneedling rollers or pen devices contain multiple tiny, sterile needles are used to puncture the skin.

This puncturing of the top layer of the skin prompts the dermal layer deeper in the skin to react and produce more collagen to repair it. It can also help to improve blood flow to the skin.

The effects build up over several treatments, and clients report firmer and more youthful looking skin.

They also report that scarring, including acne scarring, becomes less noticeable.


Who would not be suitable for microneedling?

Anyone with active acne, raised keloid scars, an active skin infection, or unstable, highly sensitive skin, would not be a good candidate for this treatment.

Talk to a skin specialist to see if you fall into one of these categories.


What else can be done to help people with acne scarring?

The tiny needles can also be used by skilled practitioners to deposit topical creams or serums or vitamin C into the skin.

Skin specialists can use retinol serums to help improve the skin’s texture and reduce the visibility of acne scarring.

These serums can be strong, though, so always talk to your skin practitioner about the best strength for you and how you should build them up over time.


Would you like expert advice on microneedling or using retinol to treat acne scars? Book a consultation with me and let’s chat about your options!