Acne is a common skin problem in both teenagers and adults. Not only does it cause pain and discomfort, but acne can also leave permanent scarring without proper care and treatment.

Acne scars negatively affect your mental health and life quality. It may wreak havoc on your self-esteem, causing you to miss out on enjoyable life experiences. Moreover, you may even feel anxious and depressed every time you look at yourself in a mirror.

However, fret not. The truth is, Thea Aesthetic Clinic has long been well-known for its effective dermarolling procedure specifically designed to treat acne scars and heal post-inflammatory damage.

First, before tackling acne scars, let’s dive into its nature.

What are acne scars?

Acne causes tissue damage, which prompts the body to increase the production of collagen fibers and other proteins locally to prevent infection and the invasion of foreign particles. Acne scars are just your body trying to heal itself naturally. The newly formed tissues are different from normal skin tissues. In fact, they’re often thicker and darker.

What causes acne scars?

Typically, scarring occurs when the skin is forced to overproduce collagen to “compensate” for the skin damage caused by acne (raised scars) or loss of skin tissue (depressed scars). Additionally, scarring may develop and get worse if you deliberately touch or squeeze your acne.

Common types of acne

There are 2 common types of acne scars: raised scars and depressed scars.

Depressed scars can be further divided into 3 categories:

  • Ice pick scars are deep and narrow scars that resemble large, empty pores.
  • Boxcar scars are broad depressions in the skin with steep, defined edges.
  • Rolling scars are broad depressions with rounded, sloping edges. Usually, they pull at the tissue beneath the skin, giving a rough texture.

How can dermarolling help with acne scars?

  How can dermarolling help with acne scars

Dermarolling has been clinically proven to be effective in reducing acne scars. Up to 90% of patients with grade 1-3 scars experienced significant improvements after getting treatment at Thea.

Most types of acne scars can be managed with dermarolling. However, while small and shallow scars can be removed completely, deeper ones may only be improved by 70-85%.

In addition, dermarolling can produce results almost comparable to other scar removal procedures such as deep chemical peels or laser treatment. But unlike those procedures, dermarolling doesn’t need to wear away or damage the top skin layer to heal scars. Instead, it takes advantage of the natural healing mechanism of the body without doing further damage to the skin. That’s why dermarolling isn’t as time-consuming and has almost no side effect.

Another perk of dermarolling at Thea Aesthetic Clinic is the lower treatment cost compared to other alternatives.

How does dermarolling work?

A derma roller works by inflicting minuscule multi-trauma to speed up natural healing. The skin responds to this by producing collagen to make new skin cells, filling up depressed scars. Simultaneously, dermarolling also “trick” the scar tissues into dividing and gradually breaking down.

After several treatment sessions, scar tissues begin to shrink and fade away. Dermarolling also thickens the skin, making the scars less noticeable. Over time, scar tissues are replaced by healthy, normal tissues. Thea’s experts recommend that you should combine dermarolling with appropriate skincare products to speed up recovery.

One of the best products should be included in this period is a vitamin C serum. It’s the secret weapon to battle acne scars. Naturally, the body needs vitamin C to produce collagen. Using a derma rolling together with a vitamin C serum results in increased collagen production and skin cell regeneration. Besides, vitamin C also prevents the production of melanin, decreasing your risk of hyperpigmentation caused by acne and scarring. This is extremely beneficial for treating acne scars.

When will results start to show up?

Dermarolling is a fairly gentle way to remove acne scars and restore youthful skin. Nevertheless, as effective as it may be, this procedure requires a longer time to produce results than other aggressive treatment options. Most patients at Thea experienced improvements 1-2 months after undergoing dermarolling for acne scar removal. Significant scar reduction is most noticeable 6-12 months after the last treatment session.

Which is the best derma roller?

At Thea Aesthetic Clinic, all derma rollers are effective in treating acne scars. Which one to use depends on your skin condition and preference. Thea’s experts advise you to be cautious about buying derma rollers from the Internet to avoid ending up with low-quality, even dangerous products. Subpar derma rollers may cause skin infection and worsen existing scars.

Which needle length is the best?

Which needle length to use greatly depends on the depth of your scars and the extent of skin damage. As a result, it’s vital to have a dermatologist to make sure everything stays on the right track.

Mainly, there are 3 needle lengths often used to treat acne scars. While 1.0 mm needles are often used for shallow scars and 1.5 mm needles work well for most acne scars, 2.0 mm needles are particularly reserved for deep scars.