This blog is for anyone who’s dealt with acne, acne scars and is wanting to know what microneedling is all about. Let’s get into it!
Like most, my acne appeared in my younger, weird, pre-teen years of about 13-14. The absolute worst. I picked and popped all of the time, which left me with some pretty deep scars that I still have today. If you’ve dealt with acne you’ll know the feelings of insecurity that comes from it all. From middle school until the end of high school I always wondered why everyone around me had clear skin except for me. I tried every product under the sun to clear my skin and all the foundations to try to cover it. Not cute. During college I got better at accepting that my face was always going to be the way it was, that it was a hormonal thing, and I would deal with the aftermath later on.
What is microneedling? Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure and involves pricking the skin with tiny sterilized needles. These tiny wounds on your face cause new collagen to produce, and helps with the skin's overall texture and elasticity. You might also hear it as collagen induction therapy. When people ask me what it feels like I always say that it’s like getting a tattoo done on your face. The whole procedure takes about 15-20 minutes. The nurse will apply numbing cream on you so that you don’t feel the majority of it during the procedure. Once your all numb the doctor gets to work. Here’s a photo after my very first session. Major. Zombie. Vibes. I've had 4 treatments done already, and I can't even explain how happy I've been with the outcome so far.
First photo: November 2020, directly after 1st treatment. Second photo: 6 days later. Last photo: 3 weeks after.
Aftercare: After my first treatment I was definitely worried about the after care process. I avoided the sun as best as I could for about 2-3 days. Your doctor should give you thorough instructions on the after care process and should also give you a repair cream to use as well. Sunscreen is your best friend! Again, avoid the sun for at least for 2 days. Once you start seeing the results you'll start loving your going to your appointments.
Do your research: It's so important to do your research when you're looking into any procedure like this. I mean; its your whole face, the money maker, right? I would first research microneedling offices in your area, look up the doctor and look at the their certifications. Look up their education, years of experience, and when you visit their office look for their certificates/plaques hanging on their walls. If they don't have any, ask them why. Then call the office, and speak with the nurses and have them fully explain the process and have them answer all of your questions. I went to Macias Dermatology here in Fresno, and was so happy with my consultation. The nurse was incredible in describing the process and making me feel comfortable with any issues I had - she mentioned that MD specializes in Latino-skin which made me feel 10X better. 3 treatments there go for about $1,000-$1,100.
Results: Honestly, the first thing the nurse told me was that acne scars will never go away. "They'll always be there. We can only help reduce the texture and even out your skin tone with these treatments." At first I was like, wtf. But it made much more sense once my 4 treatments were completed. My acne scars are definitely still there, but my skin texture is a lot more even, and my skin is brighter in complexion. There are a few really deep scars that are still there, but I'm excited to receive my next two treatments and to see those diminish over time. Overall its been an amazing experience.
The process is extremely profound to me. Seeing your face red, raw and literally in the flesh is really disturbing at first. But once you watch your skin heal day by day, it really becomes therapeutic - just knowing your skin is undergoing a major transformation is a beautiful experience.
If there's anything I missed of you have any questions. Message me!
Photos left to right: Feb 15th, last session. Feb 27th, two weeks healed. March 30th.