Microneedling for Acne Scars: Does It Work?

Acne is a common skin issue that affects millions of people globally, with a whopping 95% experiencing it during adolescence. Acne is known to have a strong negative impact on an individual’s confidence level. It occurs when hair follicles become clogged with a mix of oil (sebum) and dead skin cells, leading to the formation of blackheads and whiteheads. When left untreated, it can cause inflammation, pus, and even scarring. It is therefore crucial to tackle acne as early as possible. 

We’ll now cover the causes of acne, its impact on different age groups, and an effective case study highlighting the use of microneedling with Calecim’s professional microneedling serum for treating acne scars.

Understanding Acne: The Basics

Acne affects individuals of all ages. In saying that, it’s often associated with hormonal imbalances during adolescence. It can affect both men and women, though the experience might differ due to hormonal fluctuations in women. It can impact all skin types, regardless of whether the skin is dry or oily. 

While acne can pop up anywhere on the body, it’s most commonly seen on the face, particularly the lower face. Acne can be extremely unpleasant, but it is essential to know that effective treatment options are available for anyone struggling with it. 

The Importance of Effective Acne Treatment

Dealing with acne calls for a two-pronged approach. First, you need to address existing acne by promoting regular skin cell shedding and preventing new lesions. Products like retinoids and topical salicylic acid can help. However, it’s worth knowing that acne management is a fairly slow process and often requires ample patience. It requires lifelong and consistent attention to specific skin needs, often involving a combination of tailored products.

Now, here’s a crucial tip: always consult a medical professional trained in dealing with acne. They can create a treatment plan tailored to an individual’s unique requirements, ensuring the best possible outcome.

Case Study: Successful Acne Treatment

Now that we’ve got the basics covered, let’s dive into a real-life case study of a 24-year-old female patient with moderate acne. This study was conducted by registered nurse and medical aesthetician Adrian Baker at his clinic Lumiere MediSpa. This patient had open and closed comedones, papules, and pustules. This patient had already tried antibiotics without success and was looking for a non-antibiotic alternative.

Her treatment plan started with topical treatments that targeted her active acne. These included retinol and salicylic acid. These products helped control her active acne lesions, setting the foundation for further action.

After a significant improvement in her acne, the next priority issue was to tackle the scarring. This phase began with an enzyme peel to prepare the skin for microneedling. Now, let’s clarify what microneedling is. It’s a minimally invasive procedure where tiny needles create controlled micro-injuries in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural wound-healing process, leading to the production of collagen and elastin. These two proteins are essential for smooth and healthy skin.

During and after microneedling, Calecim’s Professional Serum was applied. This serum contains Calecim’s proprietary ingredient, PTT-6, which has over 3000 proteins, including exosomes and growth factors from ethically derived stem cells. These help the skin heal and look younger from within. The use of LED light therapy followed, delivering benefits like antibacterial effects, stimulation of fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen and elastin), and enhanced wound healing.

The patient’s post-treatment care involved the application of Calecim’s Professional Serum – which is a stem cell serum,  aqueous gel, and a colloidal oat-based cream. It’s important to provide the skin with the right nutrients and hydration to support skin healing and recovery.

The Results:

The microneedling procedure, along with the other treatments, proved to be a success. The patient experienced near-total recovery from her acne scarring and was delighted with the outcome.

In conclusion, understanding the causes of acne, addressing it early, and opting for personalized treatment approaches are essential to managing and preventing acne and the much-dreaded outcome of scarring. Remember, acne is not just a cosmetic concern; it can have a significant impact on an individual’s self-esteem and mental well-being. Seeking professional guidance is the first step towards healthier and clearer skin. Finally, when microneedling is done well with proper aftercare, it can significantly help reduce acne scars. 

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