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Can Microneedling Cause Acne?: Everything You Need to Know September 2023

Updated: October 9, 2022

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Microneedling is a popular skin care treatment that has many benefits, but can it cause acne? In this post, we will answer that question and give you everything you need to know about microneedling and acne.

1. What is microneedling and what are the benefits of it?

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a tool to create tiny punctures in the skin. Microneedling has many benefits to the skin, such as:

-Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

-Tightening and toning the skin

-Improving the appearance of scars, including acne scars

-Evening out the skin tone

-Reducing the appearance of pores

All of these benefits sound great, but can microneedling cause acne? Let’s take a closer look.

2. Does microneedling cause acne, and is it safe to use if you have acne-prone skin?

Microneedling is safe for most people, even those with acne-prone skin. While uncommon, some people do notice an increase in acne flareups after receiving a microneedling treatment. This can be due to a number of reasons, to include:

  • If microneedling is completed over an active bacterial infection, it is possible that the bacteria could be spread to other areas of the treated area
  • The needles used during the treatment can cause open punctures will can allow bacteria to enter the skin. This in turn can lead to an acne flareup.
  • If the skin isn’t cleansed properly before and after the procedure, this can also lead to an increase probability of acne post treatment
  • Microneedling can also cause inflammation in the skin, which can lead to an acne flareup.

If you have acne-prone skin and are considering microneedling, it’s important to talk to your skincare provider first to see if you are an ideal candidate. They will be able to advise you on whether or not the procedure is right for you.

3. How should you prepare for a microneedling treatment session, and what should you expect afterwards?

If you’re thinking about getting a microneedling treatment, there are a few things you should know beforehand. First, it’s important to clean your skin thoroughly before the procedure. You should also avoid using any products that could irritate your skin, such as retinoids or glycolic acids.

It’s also a good idea to avoid sun exposure before and after the procedure, as your skin will be more sensitive. After the treatment, you can expect your skin to be red and slightly swollen. You may also experience some bruising, but this should go away within a few days.

4. Are there any risks associated with microneedling, and how can you minimize them?

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks associated with microneedling. The main risks include infection, skin irritation, and hyperpigmentation.

You can minimize the risks by choosing a reputable practitioner and making sure your skin is clean and free of irritants before the procedure.

5. How often should you do microneedling treatments for optimal results – and how long will they last?

Most people will see the best results after three to six microneedling treatments, spaced four to eight weeks apart. The effects of the treatment should last for several months, but you may need to repeat the treatments every few months to maintain the results.

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Lauren Siso, Esthetician

Lauren has been medical aesthetician and laser practitioner for over 10 years and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their best skin possible. Lauren truly believes that everyone deserves to feel confident in their own skin and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve that goal!

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Lauren Siso, Medical Aesthetician at ELLEMES Medical Spa