If you are suffering from pimple scars and wish to get rid of them in a non-surgical fashion, you may be interested in micro needling. This is a procedure where your skin gets rejuvenated from a device that has micro needles which puncture the skin. When the skin is punctured, a microscopic wound occurs which promotes the growth of new collagen/elastin or skin. When the new skin grows back and is fully healed, the pimple scars will be less noticeable and after continuation of this method the scar will hopefully be completely gone.
The first question that pops into people’s head when they first hear about micro needling is how safe is this procedure. To answer that question people should not micro needling is done at home and micro needling done at a dermatologist or plastic surgeon have differing risks. Micro needling is done at home typically use needles than are under 1mm, this is usually the standard size that is available for sale. Micro needling done professionally will use needles up to 3mm, a needle this size can cause significant trauma to the skin which means there is greater risk involved but this is why this is done under professional supervision. Using a 1mm at home is usually pretty safe, however, please note that everyone’s skin is different, some may have really sensitive skin. You may experience side effects such as redness, bleeding, skin peeling, etc. If you are about to try skin needling for the first time at home, the best way to approach this would be to try needling a small portion of your skin to see how your skin reacts. If you find this is excessively painful perhaps a numbing cream would a good investment. Micro needling should not under any circumstance unless directed by a professional to be used around the eyes and mouth, hands, and chest.
Micro needling is relatively cheap if done at home, you can purchase a basic derma roller for under $20. Derma rollers are like paint rollers except with needles on them, they can be used multiple times if cleaned and maintained properly. It is recommended to clean these with rubbing alcohol do eliminate any germs or dirt however if you don’t have rubbing alcohol laying around you can also use hot water and soap. If you want a more severe treatment but want to avoid the cost of dermatologist visits you can always purchase the same systems the professional’s use. This may be a good option for you if deep pitted pimple scars are present, these require the needles to penetrate deep into the skin. In these cases, simple systems can be purchased for as little as a few hundred dollars or a multiple use device will cost approximately a few thousand dollars.
To improve the effectiveness to microneedles have on pimple scars it is recommended to use topical serums. When serums are applied immediately after the skin has been punctured by the needles serums are absorbed into the skin. Commonly, a Vitamin C serums are used to promote the growth of new collagen and the improvement of skin town. This is really helpful in removing those pimple scars however, you aren’t going to see a difference overnight. This is a relatively long process, it is only suggested that micro needling is done once every few weeks as the skin needs to be given sufficient time to repair. If we continually damage the skin over and over again without giving it adequate healing time, this may make the appearance of your pimple scars worse. Usually, people will start to see results within 6-12 months, the key with this treatment is to stay consistent.