FightAcne.com Interview with:
Miesha Merati, DO, FAAD
The Parker Skin and Aesthetic Clinic
FightAcne.com: Would you briefly explain the microneedling procedure and what it is used for?
Response: Microneedling has gained popularity over the recent years due to its accessibility, relative ease of use, and impressive results for a variety of skin concerns including scar remodeling, pigmentary disorders, alopecia, acne, rejuvenation and rhytide reduction. It is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a device with needles ranging from 0.5 to 3mm in length that puncture the epidermis, and sometimes the dermis in a controlled fashion. Penetration of the skin allows for the release of growth factors, collagen, elastin, and dermal drug delivery. Microneedling exists in many forms, including the roller device, dermastamp, automated pen, and fractional radiofrequency.
A keloid is a type of scar, that continues to grow and often itch, well after the underlying wound has healed.
Acne keloidalis is a type of scarring reaction most often seen on the nape of the neck or scalp. Acne keloidalis may develop after a ‘close shave’ where the hairs have a chance to ingrow and cause inflammation and then scar.
Here’s a good case report:
Acne keloidalis nuchae: clinical and dermoscopic features
, , , BMJ Case Reports 2017:published online 23 September 2017, doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-222222
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Microneedling is a relatively new procedure designed to improve scars and other skin conditions with a minimum of down time.
Here is a link to a recent review of Microneedling:
Microneedling: A Review and Practical Guide.
Alster TS1, Graham PM.
The American Academy of Dermatology discusses the scarring of the skin and self esteem that are triggered by untreated acne.
This is a review of the literature of microneedling for improvement of scars from a variety of causes including acne. Microneedling is also known as Collagen induction therapy or (CIT) .
This new study presents the development and assessment of a tool aiming to assess the risk of atrophic acne scars.
J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2017 May 12. doi: 10.1111/jdv.14325. [Epub ahead of print]
Tan J1, Thiboutot D2, Gollnick H3, Kang S4, Layton A5, Leyden JJ6, Torres V7, Guillemot J8,9, Dréno B1