We've talked before about taking good care of your skin, and why it's important to maintain a beauty regimen that will keep your skin looking healthy and fine. People with acne scarring often struggle to find options to minimize the redness and pitting of their skin, however, especially when the scarring is deep and rolling. Fortunately, the Food and Drug Administration recently approved SkinPen, a new microneedling treatment by Bellus Medical. Bellus developed SkinPen specifically to treat acne scarring and to induce collagen thereby improving the overall appearance of everyone's skin with or without acne scarring.
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a process that punctures microscopic holes in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the production of cytokines and growth factors which improve lines, scars, skin texture, and pigmentation. Essentially, microneedling causes the body to try to heal itself again. The healing process has three phases. During the first phase, after the holes are punctured, the immune system creates inflammation that disinfects the wounds, removes debris, increases blood flow to the area, and begins to build new tissue.
During the second phase, proliferation, wounds are rebuilt with new granulation cells and temporary collagen and elastin. A new network of blood vessels also develops. Finally, during the third phase, remodeling, new skin tissue and blood vessels replace the wound. Type I collagen replaces the temporary type III collagen, and this collagen can contract to tighten the skin, giving the patient's skin a smoother looking appearance.
Consumers have been trying microneedling on their own at home with various handheld devices, but dermatologists have not recommended this type of use. There are many complications that can occur and cause even further scarring if microneedling is not performed by a professional with the proper sterilization measures. When correctly performed with sterile, disposable needle cartridges, microneedling is a quick, safe procedure. It improves skin texture, minimizes the appearance of acne scars, and reduces signs of aging.
The SkinPen in the only Class II microneedling device that the FDA has approved. SkinPen can be used on all types of skin and many body parts. It's minimally invasive and does not cause much pain. What's more, the downtime for the patient is not long. Most people experience some swelling and reddening of the skin (similar to a mild to moderate sunburn) for two to four days before their skin returns to its normal state.
If this procedure sounds like something you are interested in, ask us about whether it is appropriate for your skin's needs. This treatment can be a lifesaver for people who want to see improvement of their appearance with smoother, younger looking skin overall.