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Acne can leave behind shallow or deep pock-marks which may be highlighted by discolouration of the skin due to hyperpigmentation (when the skin gets darker) or hypopigmentation (when the skin gets lighter).
So is there any way that these can be effectively treated without spending thousands of pounds on laser or deep chemical peels with all the risks involved with these procedures?
Fortunately, the answer is yes. Micro-needling/ collagen induction therapy is a treatment where tiny needles are inserted many times each second into the top layer of the skin up to a depth of 2.5mm in medical micro-needling treatments, and studies have shown that this is a safe and effective way to treat rolling or box-car acne scars. A further study looking at the effect of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and micro-needling on acne scars in comparison to micro-needling with Vitamin C serum, has shown that micro-needling combined with platelet-rich plasma is superior in terms of achieving an excellent result after four treatment sessions.
PRP contains a number of different cellular growth factors that help to promote collagen growth, so it is not surprising that this helps to achieve a better result. The Microneedling plus Vitamin C group did do better than the PRP group in one respect though, and that was that more of them saw a reduction in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation than the PRP group.
The Bottom Line
So the bottom line is that if you want to get the best results for the treatment of your acne scars from micro-needling, you are better off combining it with PRP than with Vitamin C serum. However, if skin marking due to hyperpigmentation is your main worry then micro needling plus Vitamin C might be a better choice.
If you want to read more, the experts at Consulting Room really know what they're talking about and have put together some scarring, acne, hyperpigmentation, chemical peels, Medical skin needling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) FAQs just for you.
If you have more questions, you can use the scarring, acne, hyperpigmentation, chemical peels, Medical skin needling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) question feature to talk to our panel of trained medical experts.
If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited scarring, acne, hyperpigmentation, chemical peels, Medical skin needling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) clinics in your area.
Many thanks to the author of this blog Dr Mark Aszkenas who has been providing aesthetic beauty treatments since 2011.
He is a consultant in the National Health Service and has the diploma of the membership of the Royal College of Physicians.
Dr Mark saw the need for a simple and effective range of skincare treatments, containing ingredients at a strength that could achieve results, and launched the Dr Mark Skincare range.
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