Acne is a skin condition that plagues many teenagers but can persist into adulthood. This condition is identified by its effects on the skin, but it's especially prevalent on the face. Typically, it causes large pimples that can burst and create scars.
In response to the skin trauma of acne and picking, the body sends collagen to repair the damage to restore the skin. If not enough collagen is created, pitted scars may appear. If too much collagen is produced, raised scars can form. Microneedling helps with both types of acne scars.
Keep reading to learn more about a how microneedling can be a natural and effective way to treat these scars and restore your skin to its smooth luster!
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is an aesthetic procedure that encourages the skin to produce more collagen and retain youthful elasticity. The process is done with very thin needles, which needle the skin at specific depths, causing microabrasions. Microneedling creates minor injuries that cause a cascade of healing to the area.
While similar to acupuncture, Microneedling is a distinctive procedure with different goals. Acupuncture strives to stimulate the body's nervous system and improve energy flow. While Microneedling has several health benefits, it's more of a cosmetic procedure than a medical practice.
Microneedling has been shown to improve skin quality and aid in smoothing and healing old scars. It also helps prevent new acne from forming.
How Does Microneedling Repair Skin?
Microneedling repairs skin by stimulating the skin's surface and creating minor abrasions. Causing small injuries to the skin on purpose might sound like a bad idea, but it's a very effective healing method.
When your skin gets needled, the body sends collagen and other healing compounds perfectly designed to seal, clean, and repair the wound. By causing minor, controlled trauma to the skin, microneedling triggers these healing compounds and helps remedy old scars.
Scars form when an old wound gets too much or too little collagen. Depending on collagen production, a spot can develop as a raised or depressed scar. Microneedling can penetrate these depressed scars and restart the healing process, allowing the body to correct its previous errors. It can also help smooth scar tissue that has over formed raised.
Does Microneedling Hurt?
Microneedling doesn't usually hurt. At Be Well Acupuncture, we apply a numbing cream to the skin and allow it to activate. This cream is an effective tool for preventing patients from feeling discomfort during the procedure.
Patients can expect to feel mild skin irritation during and after treatments. The downtime following the procedure is the same day, and patients can resume their normal skin routine the next day.
What Can You Expect During Your First Session?
Most patients don't report feeling anything other than a slight tingling or tightening of their skin. The treatment site(s) might feel tender and irritated for a few hours after your session.
On the procedure day, you can expect your acupuncturist to check how you feel. This is the time to express any questions or concerns. The session includes red light therapy and far infrared biomat filled with amethyst crystals for the ultimate relaxing experience.
Don't wear face cream or makeup on the day of your session. Your acupuncturist will wash your face, disinfect the areas, and apply a numbing cream.
Microneedling sessions typically last 60-75 minutes and include a post-hydrojelly mask.
How to Care For Your Skin Before and After Microneedling
If you have acne and are using Accutane or other isotretinoin medications, you should stop using them for six months before Microneedling. These medications can cause adverse reactions during and after treatment since they heighten sensitivity.
Avoid using blood thinners for 72 hours before treatment. These include aspirin, NSAIDs, and other blood thinners. Speak to your general practitioner before receiving Microneedling, and never stop taking medications prescribed by a doctor without consulting them.
Avoid face creams and serums with harsh chemicals. Try to use naturally derived skin creams that are gentle on your skin. Don't use exfoliants for 48 hours before your session. You should pamper your skin and avoid anything harsh or abrasive.
After treatment, avoid harsh chemical cream and serum for at least 72 hours. Use the topical creams and serums advised by your acupuncturist for best results.
Get First Class Treatment for Your Body and Skin
At Be Well Acupuncture, we believe in empowering your body to do what it does best: heal itself. Our highly trained acupuncturists understand the importance of first-class Microneedling that can heighten the beauty and well-being of your skin.
We'll help your skin recuperate and recover its previous beauty and sheen. Schedule your appointment today and start looking and feeling your best!