Microneedling For Acne Scars!
Some of you may be familiar with the microneedling tool already. Maybe you've looked into using it, or you've seen me post about it in the past and what it can do for your acne scarring (or any scarring, for that matter).
Post-acne scarring is disfiguring, both physically & psychologically. Over the past two decades, multiple modalities for treatment of acne scars have emerged. The latest in the treatment armamentarium is microneedling. Microneedling therapy, also known as percutaneous collagen induction therapy, is a simple, inexpensive procedure with no downtime. The needles cause small pinpoint injuries on the skin, which heal within two to three days with no post-treatment sequelae. Micronedling remolds the skin by creating thousands of microscopic channels through the skin, increasing the formation of new tissue by activating the body’s wound healing cascade (hemostasis-inflammation-proliferation-tissue remodeling). The micro-channeling causes the release of growth factors that promote scar-less healing and the deposition of normal woven collagen rather than scar collagen. The fibroblasts are responsible for collagen production. After rolling, you also create micro channels to let serums absorb deep into the skin instead of having your serum just sit on the top of your skin. This is great for a serum that also helps target scarring, as it can allow the scar-healing ingredients to penetrate deeper and more effectively.
In one study there was significant improvement in superficial & moderately deep scars (grade 1-3). There was also improvement in skin texture, & reduction in postacne pigmentation. In another study, there was a statistically significant decrease in mean acne scar assessment score from 11.73 ± 3.12 at baseline to 6.5 ± 2.71 after five sittings with a microneedling tool. Investigators' assessments based on photographic evaluation showed a 50-75% improvement in the majority of patients. The results on visual analog scale (VAS) analysis showed "good response" in 22 patients & "excellent response" in four patients, at the end of study. In a third study, Goodman & Baron's Global Acne Scarring System showed that by qualitative assessment of 31 patients with grade 3 & grade 4 acne scars, 80.64% showed improvement by 2 grades & 19.35% showed improvement by 1 grade. In yet another study, 26 out of 36 patients (72.2%) showed an excellent response to microneedling treatment while 6 others achieved a good response (16.7%). In one study, twenty blinded biopsies taken from 10 different patients from various parts of their body demonstrated an average increase in new fibers of 206%, in one biopsy a 1000% increase was recorded.
Thus, microneedling therapy is a viable avenue for scar reduction, with less adverse side effects than more invasive therapies like laser therapy. In conjunction with a treatment serum, microneedling is made even more effective. Microneedling is a simple & cheap means of treatment modality for acne scars remodulation with little downtime, & satisfactory results.
For the longest time I have been using rosehip seed oil, & I truly do love that it is a gentle, non-invasive way of treating scarring. It has done so much for my skin and brought me so far. Not only has it completely gotten rid of my hyperpigmentation, it has also brightened and perked up my complexion.
But unfortunately for those of us with deeply-embedded scarring - boxcar scars and ice pick scars – rosehip seed oil can only do so much.
After all, the scars that were left by my acne were aggressive & invasive - and therefore required a more aggressive form of treatment.
This is where the Banisher microneedling tool came in!
And why did I opt for the Banisher?
When it comes to using microneedles at home (at all, really), quality is so important. Using a poor-quality tool can put your skin and your health at risk. So it is very important to buy a microneedling tool from a supplier that you trust, and I could not trust the people at Banish more! You are able to speak directly with someone via their chat on their website, they are so customer-friendly, and truly want people to be happy with their results. So if you feel inclined to buy a cheaper version off of eBay, just be warned that you may be buying a product of poor quality, from some faceless company that may not be accountable for any damage done to your skin. Always choose quality when it comes to your skin!
The Banisher is made out of titanium, connected to roller spool by disks. The titanium is high-quality, bacteria resistant, and won’t cause an allergic reaction.
You can certainly have microneedling performed at a salon (be sure to thoroughly inspect their sterilization procedures if you choose to go this route), but these sessions can be quite expensive. If you have the money, then go ahead and splurge! If not, an at-home tool is definitely a more cost-friendly alternative.
Using the Banisher:
1. Start with a clean face. Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser. Make sure to do the treatment on a day where you won't need to wear makeup. It's not recommended to wear makeup right after a treatment.
2. Sterilize your roller every time you use it. Pour some rubbing alcohol into the cleaning container. Set the roller head in the container for at least 30 minutes. Take roller out and leave to dry. If alchohol is not available, boil some water and add some salt. Dip the roller into the boiling salt water for a couple minutes. Leave roller to dry.
3. When the roller is dry, you are now ready to begin. Clean and sanitize your hands. It's important to have a clean area so the area you will be treating will not get infected.
4. Start with a small area and move back and forth a few times using moderate pressure. Start out gradually with a few strokes. If the pain is tolerable, you can move to 5-8 strokes.For the pen stamp, press the bristle end down vertically as if "stamping" instead of rolling. Stamp about 3-5 times to each area.
5. After going in one direction, move perpendicular to that area and roll the roller back and forth.
6. Move along directions of the face. Most common are along the cheeks, sides of face. If pain is tolerable, roller can be used along the forehead, sides of nose, and jawline.
8. Avoid wearing makeup or creams for the rest of the day. Skincare and makeup routine can be followed as normal the following day. If you roll at night, you can wear makeup and continue your regular skincare routine in the morning.
9. Clean roller again (disinfect and alcohol ) and dry before storing it back in the case. It's important not to store a wet roller in the case, as bacteria could grow.
The sensation is bizarre, though not uncomfortable or painful (at least it wasn't for me) – not unless you have an extreme fear of needles, and even in that case, the roller is very different. It’s almost an addicting sensation, like how it feels when you’re exfoliating or doing a good mask, or dry brushing, or scratching a good itch. Your skin just feels super nice! It kind of craves the feeling, & I found myself looking forward to rolling my skin as much as I look forward to exfoliating and masks. It's also important to use the right roller size for the right job (not using a body roller on your face), and to make sure you're not causing unnecessary damage by pressing at all. The needles will do all the work, all you need to do is move the tool around!
The key is consistency. You don’t want to disrupt your healing by only using this treatment periodically, as that can do more damage than good. It’s also important not to use the roller if you have active acne – so I recommend trying the pen stamper roller if you still have acne but want to target scarring – this can target specific areas without rolling over any active acne. It’s the developer’s favourite!
Your skin is sensitive afterward, of course, so it is recommended to only use a treatment serum and no other creams or makeup so as to avoid any bacteria or irritation.
Don’t forget to use alcohol or boiling water to sterilize your roller before each use, to prevent bacteria infecting your skin.
Roller is recommended to be used up to 10 times before purchase of another roller. The reason for this is to avoid any infection on the skin. Much like the replacement of contact lens case, it's important to replace the roller frequently to avoid infection. Additionally, it is best to replace the needles as old needles can be dull and injure the skin.
Do not share roller with anyone
You can roll as often as you can, but it's recommended to start out with once every 2 weeks and then build up to once a week. It takes about a month for skin to heal, so be patient to see results!
Please note that scarring is damage to the skin and don't believe any product or treatment that will guarantee flawless skin overnight! It takes months, upon years, for the skin to heal.
What Did I Notice?
My skin felt softer, more consistent, & more supple after just a few uses!
After several weeks of regular and consistent use, the boxcar scarring on my jaw line completely softened out, and so did the rolling scars on my forehead.
I can’t believe that I waited THIS LONG to try this amazing treatment! Although most of my hyperpigmentation faded prior to use, and I felt fairly confident in my own skin, it was still difficult to look at my forehead and jaw line and see all of these deep scars that made my skin look like an orange peel. Using this microneedling treatment from Banish has shown me that beautiful skin does not necessarily need to begotten by a drastic treatment option at a dermatologist's office. Banish has an amazing product with an amazing mission, & I am so happy to be able to share this with you in hopes of ALL of you getting the clear, beautiful skin that you deserve!
WHAT SIZES TO GET:
S Banisher is best for serum absorption, fine lines, discoloration
M Banisher is best for all of the above + hyperpigmentation, acne scarring and fine lines/wrinkles
Pen is best for using when you have active acne. Use around active pimples. Great for spot treating scars
L Body is best for getting rid of scars on your body, plus it gets rid of stretch marks, and reduces the appearance of cellulite. A large roller that covers more surface area of the skin.
Use the M Banisher once every 2 weeks and the S Banisher once a week for best results. The Pen and Body can be used once every 2 weeks or once a week.
I strongly recommend trying the M roller. It will penetrate better to effectively help with scarring and hyperpigmentation.
So, if you’re interested in getting a Banisher microneedling tool for your acne scars or skin woes, then head on over to their website to order!
If you’re prone to keloid scarring, this is not the right treatment for you. (If you don't know what keloid scars are, you probably don't have them, but to be sure, see my post on acne scars).
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