Clear Your Acne Scars at Home

Acne, the most common skin condition, affects up to 80% of people in their teens and mid 20s and later in their adult life. While most acne heals without permanent effects, some does not, leaving various grades of acne scarring ranging from mild to severe. Tackling acne scars treatment that works for you can be a rewarding experience because you’ll know every detail.

Acne scars can generally be classified into 3 types, they are –

Icepick Scars – narrow sharp pits or cracks in the skin, usually narrower than 2mm and can extend into the dermis and deeper into the subcutaneous layer. Traditionally very hard to treat, usually combination in-clinic treatments are required to obtain satisfactory results.

Boxcar Scars – are indented, round or oval scars with steeply angled sides. They can be shallow ranging to deep scars. Shallow boxcar scarring can be treated with homecare skin needling, deeper scarring may require in-clinic treatments.

Superficial Soft Scars – indented, round or oval scars with more gradual angled sides than boxcar or icepick scars. They can range in depth from shallow to deep. Shallow to medium depth soft acne scarring can be treated with homecare skin needling, deeper scarring may require in-clinic treatments.

History of Skin Needling

In 1994, Dr Philippe Simonin, a Swissfrench Dermatologist, published his results in Baran’s Cosmetic Dermatology. In his study of 600 patients, he examined results for 2 patient groups, one with Skin Ageing and the other with old Scars. In the patient group with old scars, 60% improved with 5-6 treatments. Best results were obtained for old fibrous and depressed scars.

His ground breaking technique, which he named Electroridopuncture (ERP), remained largely unknown to the wider medical community.

Another pioneer of skin needling, Dr Andre Camirand, a Canadian plastic surgeon, made a chance observation of improvement in the texture and colour of the scars of his facelift patients, who had undergone tattooing for scar camouflage. These patients exhibited both indented and hypochromic (lightened) scars.

He experimented with tattooing facelift scars without pigment. He performed his needling procedures using a high speed tattoo gun, under local anaesthesia and treated each scar to pinpoint bleeding.

In 1997 Dr Camirand reported that one to two years after treatment the appearance of the scars was remarkably improved both in texture and colour.

He postulated that the insertion of the fine tattoo gun needles into the scars managed to breakdown scar collagen and stimulate the synthesis of healthy collagen and hypochromic skin repigmented through the transplantation of melanocytes from normal skin into the hypochromic skin during the needling procedure. He also reported the flattening of hypertrophic (overgrown, raised) scars.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s various doctors experimented with skin needling, developing skin rollers whereby numerous microneedles, of the same gauge as acupuncture needles, were mounted on rollers so as to efficiently deliver the skin needling procedure to larger areas of skin. These doctors also observed that shorter needles dramatically increased the transdermal penetration and thereby absorption of creams and serums into the skin.

Skin needling is an exciting new treatment for acne and all types of indented scarring. Skin Needling can be safely performed on all skin colours and types. There is no risk of post inflammatory hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation (lightening or darkening of the skin as a result of skin trauma) as the melanocytes (pigment skin cells) remain intact, like the dermis, during Skin Needling. This is the major distinguishing safety feature when comparing Skin Needling and other invasive procedures that are used to treat deep line and depressed scars, ie. laser resurfacing, deep chemical peels and dermabrasion.

Skin needling gives similar results to in-clinic treatments such as laser skin resurfacing, chemical skin peels and microdermabrasion but is far less invasive which translates to a far lower risk of complications (such as infection and/or pigmentation) and significantly reduced down time at a fraction of the cost.

Skin needling has been shown to –

  • improve the appearance of acne, surgical and all indented scars including stretch marks
  • improve the appearance of boxcar and superficial soft acne scars, not suitable for ice pick acne scars
  • smooth lines and wrinkle
  • improve skin texture
  • improve hypo and hyperpigmentation
  • relax scars

Skin Rollers are designed to perform the technique known as skin needling or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) where needles pierce the skin to create micro channels, stimulating the upper dermis and the bodies wound healing response to produce collagen and elastin and thereby naturally infilling acne and all indented scars, lines and wrinkles. These micro channels also radically increase the absorption and effectiveness of serums and creams used to assist the skin’s natural wound healing response. Creams and serums are applied after rolling.

Skin needling delivers the critical ingredients that will assist in naturally infilling mild to moderate boxcar and soft acne scars in the privacy and comfort of your home.

Generally, deep ice pick acne scars and deep facial lines will need to be treated by a medical professional using a medical face roller in combination with the homecare rollers or other in clinic treatments. However, not as deep wider acne scars and other depressed scars, aging, sun damaged and pigmented skin can be treated using homecare rollers.

Skin Needling can be performed for whole face rejuvenation, and when combined with tretinoin (vitamin A cream) or copper peptides, can deliver equivalent results to laser resurfacing with a no risk profile.

Skin needling can also be regularly repeated as a patient ages to replenish collagen and elastin, there is no limit to the number of procedures/treatments undertaken.

Skin needling has been shown to –

  • improve the appearance of acne, surgical and all indented scars including stretch marks
  • smooth lines and wrinkle
  • improve skin texture
  • relax scars

To view our Clearskincare Acne Scar Solution

In 2005, to meet the needs of her patients, Dr Philippa McCaffery of Clearskincare developed her homecare skin roller range after 2 years of research, design, development and patient trials to bring an effective and affordable skin roller to the public and clinicians.

The Clearskincare Acne Scar Solution –

  • Clearskincare Skin & Scalp Roller
  • Clearskincare Copper Peptide Serum

The Clearskincare Skin & Scalp Roller was designed for the homecare treatment of indented scars such as acne and chicken pox scars, advanced sundamaged and ageing skin.

Using the Clearskincare Skin & Scalp Roller is not painful and there is no down time. The roller is used daily, there is no bleeding (minor spotting may occur), reddening of the skin, scabbing or pain.

Results will be noticeable from the Clearskincare Skin & Scalp Roller after 2 cycles (80 days). Significant results should be evident after 4-6 cycles (5-8 months).

Clearskincare CP Serum –

1. assists skin renewal – reduces the appearance of scars, wrinkles and fine lines; an

2. reduces the appearance of skin ageing – firms the skin, reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, reduces blotchiness and blemishes, improves elasticity, skin plumpness and texture.

Every client who has undertaken skin needling has improved the appearance of their scars.

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