There’s a reason leading dermatologists, holistic beauty experts, and celebrities are all raving about microneedling. Beyond transforming skin in just a few sessions, it also offers a natural solution to one of our most challenging skin issues: acne.
If you’ve been getting nowhere with scrubs and serums for acne, it’s time to try something new. While acne medications can have troubling side effects and skin care products are often hit or miss, microneedling works differently. It stimulates your body’s own healing processes to clear up acne and prevent new breakouts naturally.
Let’s learn how you can use microneedling to heal your acne for good.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a natural beauty treatment that uses a small device (the FDA-Approved SkinPen) to stimulate the skin and promote healing. The microneedling device contains several extremely tiny needles that penetrate the skin’s layers and trigger healing and rejuvenation.
For those with acne, microneedling can be a powerful way to clear inflammation, encourage healthy blood flow, and promote skin healing. But microneedling isn’t just used for acne – in fact, it can help promote skin healing and rejuvenation for issues such as:
- Uneven skin tone or texture
- Melasma and hyperpigmentation
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Enlarged pores
- Age spots, sunspots, and dark spots
How Does Microneedling Clear Up Acne?
Acne can have many different root causes. But in most cases, there is an element of inflammation, excess oil production, and slow healing. Thankfully, microneedling can help improve all these issues, and more:
- Calms inflammation
If your acne lesions tend to be red, hot, and angry, you likely have high levels of inflammation. Microneedling helps diffuse the skin around acne lesions to help release excess heat and cool the area – kind of like opening a window in a stuffy room.
- Promotes new skin cell growth
One of our main goals when treating acne is to increase cell turnover to help clear out blocked pores and reveal healthier-looking skin. With microneedling, we are able to speed up this process so lesions heal faster and new skin can breathe.
- Reduces sebum production
When our skin produces too much sebum (oil), our pores become blocked and whiteheads, blackheads, and cystic acne develop. Microneedling helps to reduce the amount of sebum the skin produces to prevent new acne spots from forming.
- Increases skin’s absorption
Studies show that microneedling creates mini channels in the skin that increase nutrient absorption by over 3000%. That means the healing serums, moisturizers, and other skincare products you’ve invested in will work exponentially better after a microneedling treatment.
Fades acne scars and improves skin tone
One of the main benefits of microneedling is enhanced collagen production. As extremely tiny needles stimulate the deeper layers of your skin, these mini “traumas” trigger a healing response. Part of that response is laying down new collagen. As the collagen mends the skin, it grows stronger and more taught. Acne scars also start to fade with the increase in collagen and new skin cell production.
What to Expect at Your Microneedling Treatment
Whether you want to try microneedling for acne or a different skin concern, you can rest easy – the procedure is safe, gentle, and pain-free.
During your treatment, you’ll lie down and relax while the SkinPen glides over your face or other treatment areas. We never perform microneedling directly over acne lesions as this can lead to infection and pain. Instead, we stimulate the areas around the breakouts which helps draw out inflammation in the area and promote new skin cell growth.
Afterward, we may apply a natural skincare product based on your skin goals. We may also recommend other treatments or tips to help you get the best results possible:
- Cosmetic Acupuncture
Cosmetic acupuncture uses regular acupuncture needles to stimulate points on the face. Rather than glide over the skin like a microneedling pen, these points stay in the skin for several minutes to encourage blood flow, stimulate facial muscles, and encourage skin healing.
- Herbal Skincare
After a microneedling treatment, your skin will absorb up to 3000% more product than without needling. So, what you put on your skin following treatment can make all the difference in your final outcome! At The Beauty Within, we use 100% organic farm-to-beauty skincare products to ensure your skin is absorbing only the best ingredients to help it heal.
- LED Light Therapy
Low-level light therapy causes a natural photo-biochemical reaction in the skin that has been shown to have positive effects on acne. We often include LED light therapy in our microneedling treatments to encourage deeper healing.
- Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Microneedling is a powerful therapy, but the best results come from a whole-body approach. With traditional acupuncture and oral herbal formulas, we not only heal the skin at the surface but eliminate the underlying issues causing your breakouts and flare-ups.
- Diet & Lifestyle Changes
Your skin is intricately linked to other aspects of your health – imbalances in your gut, poor sleep patterns, and high stress levels can all show up as acne and irritation. Along with your microneedling plan, we’ll also recommend some personalized dietary recommendations, lifestyle changes, and self-care practices to maintain clear and healthy skin from home.
After-treatment care is important, too. Your skin is in healing mode for about 24 hours after your microneedling visit and may look flushed or slightly puffy. You’ll want to avoid using any makeup, sunscreen, or soap on your skin during this time. The next day, you can go back to your normal routine and enjoy your fresh glow!
Embrace Acne-Free Skin with Microneedling
No one should have to hide behind frustrating acne breakouts and scars. While acne can be tricky to clear up, microneedling is your natural secret weapon against breakouts. At The Beauty Within, we help you reveal healthier skin with our unique approach and powerful microneedling protocol for acne and acne scarring.
Ready to feel confident with clearer skin? Schedule a free consultation today to learn how our FDA approved SkinPen microneedling along with other treatments can help you make acne a thing of the past.