Microdermabrasion and Microneedling are both effective treatments for acne scarring. But, a commonly asked question from those with problematic skin – Microneedling or Microdermabrasion for acne scars?
Microneedling (derma rolling, skin needling) is great for depressed acne scars. During the treatment, fine needles gently prick the skin. This process triggers the breaking down of old collagen in the skin, which contributes to uneven skin texture. At the same time, microneedling boosts the production of new collagen as the skin repairs the tiny wounds caused by the needle. Many areas across the skin benefit from microneedling, including the sensitive hand, neck and eye areas.
As the microneedling procedure involves gliding tiny needles across the skin, minor side effects are to be expected. Redness, bleeding, bruising and inflammation are likely post-treatment as the skin heals and collagen is produced. Potentially, acne breakouts may occur as the skin works through a ‘healing crisis”. As long as any pimples are left alone and not picked, the skin should clear up by itself. Microneedling is safe for all skin tones and skin types.
Microdermabrasion is also effective at treating acne scarring. Unlike microneedling, microdermabrasion works on the surface of the skin, using exfoliating crystals. The fine crystals buff away any impurities, dirt, and dead skin cells. They are then suctioned off the skin, revealing newer skin beneath. The treatment stimulates collagen production, repairing the texture of skin. The cell renewal process addresses any discolouration. Therefore, the skin appears plumped and even after a course of treatment.
Following a microdermabrasion treatment, the skin may feel tight and appear slightly red. This normally disappears within 36 hours of treatment. Post treatment, a good moisturiser ensures the skin is protected once the top layer is exfoliated away. Though skin will appear brighter after the first treatment, when tackling problematic skin like acne a course of 6 treatments or more is often necessary.
Microneedling or Microdermabrasion for acne scars?
Microneedling is a newer skin treatment than microdermabrasion, but both are effective ways to treat acne scarring. Aftercare is similar, with recommendations to avoid sweating, direct sunlight, hot baths and perfumed products, and to use moisturiser regularly. Treatment times are also similar, with microdermabrasion sessions lasting around 30 minutes in total, and microneedling slightly longer.
For sufferers with deep acne scarring, microneedling may be preferable, as the needles go deep into the skin and the microdermabrasion handset does not. However, the greater risk of side effects for microneedling may be off-putting, compared to the minimal redness associated with microdermabrasion. Those who want to treat their acne scarring conveniently may choose microdermabrasion, as they can get right back to their daily life afterwards. A skincare professional will perform either procedure. Find your nearest SkinBase Therapist now.
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