Dr. Pen’s Instructions for Microneedling Acne Scars at Home

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Common acne scars are
difficult to treat with simple skin care products. Usually, months of trial and
error and consistent application are required to observe visible improvements.
Professional microneedling devices, such as Dr. Pen, may help improve the appearance
of facial acne scars and the skin’s overall tone and texture.

How does one
microneedle acne scars at home using Dr. Pen? It is essential to correctly
prepare the skin before the procedure, apply serums, glide the microneedling
pen over the skin, and clean the device after each use. Dr. Pen devices provide
patients with detailed instructions for performing microneedling procedures at
home.

How Microneedling
Erases Acne Scars

Microneedling is a
minimally invasive procedure for skin rejuvenation that is effective for
various skin issues, including wrinkles, sun spots, uneven skin tone, mild
sagging skin, dark spots, and acne scars. For example, after multiple
microneedling sessions, the appearance of atrophic acne scars on patients’ skin
typically improves by approximately 80%.

Unlike laser
treatments, this non-surgical cosmetic procedure is safe for all skin types and
tones. Microneedling therapy is also an excellent option for patients who want
to attempt skin tightening without undergoing surgery.

During the procedure,
a microneedling instrument creates micro-injuries on the skin’s outermost
layer. These microscopic wounds stimulate the body’s natural healing process
and the production of new collagen and elastin – two essential proteins that
keep the skin firm, smooth, and even.

Microneedling is most
effective for atrophic or depressed scars (boxcar scars, ice pick scars, and
rolling scars) and then raised ones (keloid and hypertrophic scars). This is
because microneedling induces collagen production in the skin. Therefore, if
the scar is already elevated, there is an excess of collagen in the affected
area.

An Easy Step-by-Step
Guide to Microneedling at Home

Microneedling
treatments are typically administered in the office of a board-certified dermatologist
or plastic surgeon. However, these skin rejuvenation procedures cost
approximately $300 per session; consequently, many patients opt for at-home
microneedling kits. Each DIY collagen induction therapy kit costs approximately
$100.

Although it is possible
to perform microneedling on your own at home, it is still essential to follow
the doctor’s and manufacturer’s instructions. This ensures that the patient
receives the optimal results for their beautiful skin without worrying about
severe complications and side effects.

Here is a simple guide
on how to try microneedling at home in a safe manner:

Prep the Skin

  • Avoid consuming alcohol and anti-inflammatory
    medications approximately three days before the microneedling procedure to
    reduce the risk of excessive bleeding.
  • Use a gentle cleanser to help remove lotions, makeup,
    and other topical medications or products that could infect or irritate
    the skin. Tick it up to keep your hair out of your face during the
    procedure.
  • Although numbing cream is optional, many patients
    prefer to use it to reduce discomfort during treatment. Just ensure that
    it contains at least 5% lidocaine.
  • Apply the anesthetic cream to the treatment areas and
    allow it to sit for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Remove the cream with a mixture of 60% alcohol and
    water or 0.1 chlorhexidine. Ensure that the cream is completely removed so
    it cannot enter the microchannels created by microneedling.

Apply Serums on the
Skin

  • Patients may attempt microneedling without serums, but
    these hydrating products allow the device to glide smoothly over the
    treatment areas.
  • Additionally, patients may use peptides, ceramides, and
    EGF. One of the most frequently used serums for microneedling is
    hyaluronic acid.
  • To avoid skin irritation, it is best to avoid retinol,
    exfoliants, vitamin C, and other brightening ingredients.

Use the Microneedling
Pen

  • Using a cordless Dr. Pen, ensure the device is fully
    charged. If the device must be plugged in, approach a power source.
  • Open a fresh pack of needle cartridges and attach it to
    the device with care. Ensure that your hands are clean and are not
    touching the cartridge’s needles.
  • Adjust the Dr. Pen’s dial to the appropriate needle
    depth.
  • Apply a small amount of the hydrating serum to the skin
    before using the Dr. Pen. Ensure this is completed for each treatment
    area.
  • Utilize your free hand to pull the skin taut while
    performing microneedling.
  • For optimal results, begin by moving the needles in
    vertical, horizontal, and diagonal patterns in both directions.
  • Work in small sections and grids to ensure that you
    cover all treatment areas.
  • When using the Dr. Pen, apply light pressure to the
    skin to avoid dragging. Perform the motion twice for each treatment area.

Post-Microneedling Steps

  • After cleansing your face with water, apply hyaluronic
    acid to the affected areas to calm and hydrate the skin.
  • The majority of patients experience redness and
    swelling, but this is normal. After a few hours or days, these symptoms
    should subside.
  • Because reusing the cartridge puts the patient at risk
    for infection, contamination, and irritation, it should only be used once.
    Remember that cartridges are not to be shared, not even within the family.

Aftercare Instructions

  • Choose a gentle cleanser to wash the face with. Utilize
    a hydrating lotion to reduce peeling, flaking, bruising, and mild
    swelling.
  • Avoid using vitamin C, A, retinol, fragrances, AHA,
    BHA, and lactic acid. Also, irritants are toners and scrubs, so avoid
    using them.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun and strenuous activities for
    the first twenty-four hours. If you must venture outdoors, use sunscreen
    with a high SPF.

Other Important
At-Home Microneedling Tips to Consider 

  • There are various types of needle cartridges with
    varying numbers of pins.
  • Before your next microneedling session at home, you
    should wait between 4 and 6 weeks. This enables the skin to heal
    effectively and produce visible results.
  • Dr. Pen instruments include dials that allow users to
    adjust the needle depth (except Hydra Pro). The recommended needle depth
    for normal facial skin treatment areas is between 0.25 mm and 1 mm. For
    optimal results, thicker skin and other skin concerns may necessitate a
    deeper reach.

In-Clinic vs. At-Home
Microneedling: Which is Better?

Microneedling is a
common skincare treatment that can be performed in a dermatologist’s office or
at home with a dependable dermapen or derma roller. Although do-it-yourself
microneedling kits are significantly less expensive than in-office treatments
for enhancing the appearance of the skin, patients frequently experience weaker
results than anticipated. There is also the issue of patient safety when
microneedling treatments are performed at home.

Patients who follow
the doctor’s or manufacturer’s instructions when using the microneedling device
at home may still notice significant improvements in their acne scars and
overall skin tone. In addition, DIY microneedling is less painful than
professional treatments because the needles do not penetrate the skin as
deeply. This results in less trauma and a shorter recovery period.

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