Can Dermaroller therapy be an effective treatment for acne scars?
22nd September 2012
Acne is a common skin condition affecting around 8 in 10 people between the ages of 11 and 30. In some cases, this acne can lead to permanent scarring, causing many people to suffer from low self-esteem.
Thankfully, there are several treatments that can quickly and successfully reduce the appearance of acne scars. From chemical peels to laser resurfacing and microdermabrasion, there are already plenty of well-established procedures that can effectively treat the visible signs of acne scarring. So why should we get excited about what dermaroller therapy can do for acne scars?
Dermaroller therapy works by puncturing the skin with tiny micro medical needles. The perforations eventually cause the body to create tissue that fills the scar. The body does all the work itself when it comes to reducing the signs of scarring, making it a powerful but also natural treatment. It's also effective: in clinical studies 86% of patients with grade 1-3 scars had marked improvements after undergoing the treatment.
While the process involved in dermaroller therapy might sound painful, it's actually a fairly pleasant experience. This is because a topical anaesthetic is applied to the area being treated, meaning that the tiny micro medical needles that pierce through the outermost layer of skin are barely felt.
The side-effects of the treatment are also minimal. While immediately after treatment the skin will feel a little sensitive, tight and red this will subside within a few hours. Within two days the skin will have healed itself and you will begin to see how the treatment has diminished the signs of acne scarring.
Until effective acne cures are discovered there will be a need to treat the traumatic scarring that some people are left to live with. Dermaroller therapy is an exciting new way of treating acne scars, but with so many other treatments available it's worth having a consultation with a dermatologist to see what procedure would be best for the scarring you have.