What Can Microneedling Do for My Acne?

Acne is already frustrating enough. Dealing with pimples can diminish your self-confidence and make you reluctant to participate in social events. And if you have cystic acne or excessively pick at your skin, you could end up with scarring that lasts for several months or years. 

Microneedling can help get rid of your acne scars more effectively than over-the-counter products, and it can even prevent acne.  

At her private practice, Melanie L. Adams, MD, specializes in treating a variety of skin care concerns. Don’t let acne discoloration or scarring continue to hold you back from achieving your goals. Find out how microneedling can replenish your skin, improving overall tone and texture. 

How does the microneedling process work?

Traditional microneedling is a treatment during which a device pokes tiny needles into your skin, stimulating the production of collagen. Dr. Adams takes this one step further with AquaGold® technology, a system that combines the use of a microneedling device with needles that also deliver skin-building components like retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid into your skin. 

From the comfort of our office, Dr. Adams applies a numbing cream to your face before beginning treatment. As a result of the procedure, your skin makes more collagen, which improves skin tone and texture. 

Scars left behind by acne become less noticeable as collagen production ramps up and new skin cells replace old ones. You may need a series of treatments, depending on the severity of your acne scarring. 

How can the procedure address my acne?

As we just mentioned, microneedling can help treat acne scars by promoting the growth of new skin cells, but it can also stop acne from forming by reducing the production of sebum, which makes your skin oily. 

Reducing sebum production ultimately leads to fewer blackheads and whiteheads, as well as chronic cystic acne. Dr. Adams might recommend additional treatment options such as a regular skin care routine that allows your skin to continue warding off pimples after the process. 

Risks and side effects

Drink plenty of water before your treatment to help reduce the chances of bruising and swelling, and don’t wear any makeup when you come to your appointment. After your treatment, avoid excessive sun exposure or strenuous physical activity. This can irritate your skin, causing inflammation. Otherwise, you may return to your regular routine.


Minor side effects are common and can include:

Side effects may worsen with exfoliants or skin products containing alcohol, so avoid them. Symptoms should clear up in a few days. If more severe side effects such as infection, skin pigment changes, an allergic reaction, or bleeding occurs, contact us as soon as possible. 

If you’re interested in microneedling to address acne or acne scars, call our office or book an appointment today using our online tool.

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