**WARNING: Some of the pictures & video may be disturbing to some viewers**
I’ve been dealing with acne scars for many, many years. So when I heard about microneedling and saw before and after pictures of others who had tried the procedure — I was all about it!
I battled with two cases of severe acne during my early adult years. I’ve always had bad skin, but it wasn’t until after high school that my breakouts turned from mild to severe. I suffered with painful, deep cystic acne and it took such a toll on me. Not only was it debilitating to my self esteem but it destroyed my skin. You can read more about it in this post.
My breakouts have really calmed down, but the damage has been done. I’ve done a few chemical peels in the past but never saw the dramatic results that I was seeking. I heard about microneedling consequently while researching hydrafacials. While hydrafacials are great for fine lines, hyper-pigmentation and clearing up existing acne, I didn’t find anything about acne scarring.
Microneedling uses tiny needles to puncture the top layer of your skin which creates “micro-injuries.” When skin is damaged, your body starts to produce more collagen and elastin to repair the damage. This in turn, will plump up your skin greatly diminishing fine lines and scarring. Sounds like a dream, no? So I had to try it out!
During my consultation, the esthetician mentioned that my skin would be red for 24 hours and that I can expect for my face to get dry and eventually peel. Peeling helps uncover new skin which will look and feel incredibly soft and glowing.
To begin, the esthetician applies a numbing cream all over my face. This stays on for about 30 minutes. This is not painful at all and you will start to feel some numbness as time goes on. After the 30 minutes, she wipes off the cream and we are ready to begin.
The device is similar to a pen with an opening on the end where the needles will pulse in and out. Think about a tattoo gun (makes the same sounds too). She starts at the forehead, which she advises will be the most painful (it is) because it’s sitting on bone. The numbing cream decreases the pain factor, but does not erase it altogether. The pain is tolerable, but uncomfortable.
She then moves along the temples and then unto the cheeks. My cheeks have the most noticeable damage, so she spends a little more time there. At this point, she can jackhammer that section because I just want them gone! As you can see, there is blood but it’s not painful.
After she has covered my whole face, she applies a collagen-infused serum. She advises against washing your face for the first 24 hours and only using mild cleansers, such as Aveeno or Cerave, after that. She recommends no moisturizers or other serums until after 72 hours. The esthetician also advises against sun exposures as your skin will be very vulnerable to sun damage once skin starts to peel.
The whole procedure lasted about 45 minutes and I can’t wait to see the end result. I paid $300 for the procedure and its recommended you get a few session for more drastic results. As I am only 3 days out from the procedure, I am waiting to see the results after all my skin has peeled. Don’t get this procedure done if you have an event you plan to attend as your skin is going to be red, flaky and a bit swollen. I’ll be reporting my results in a month with some updated pics. If you haven’t done so already, please subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss it!
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