Hi, I recently had microneedle implantation at a beauty salon. I have two active breakouts on my jawline and a woman dabs on my active acne after I restrict her from working on them. I am worried that I may have a bacterial infection. It’s been 6 days since I took violin and I started doxycycline today. As my pcp suggested I use doxycycline for active acne. Today I noticed active acne on my skin. I’m 27 years old. I have hypothyroidism. I just use regular Hyaluronic acid and 10% niacinamide + 2 zinc. What solution helps my skin become better, acne-free and scar-free? After microneedling, I didn’t notice much of a difference in my acne scars. Your suggestion will help me a lot. Asking you to suggest the best things to work on my skin with a daily regimen. I really appreciate your blog suggestion really helpful. Thank you, Rosie
Hey Rosie – thank you for writing! Everyone’s questions help others too! Here is my opinion on the above.
Microneedling is NOT so great with active acne.
Why? For two reasons because needle pricking often worsens the redness and discharge (inflammation) with active acne, and it does not. scar prevention. Also, it really doesn’t treat Very good acne scar treatment.
- With active acne, the small bumps are more likely to cause inflammation because it creates small wounds. Your skin is trying to heal the pimple, it doesn’t need much more to heal. It’s better to treat your acne more aggressively and aggressively yourself. You may need your primary care doctor or a dermatologist to help you. For example, an antibiotic gel such as Clindamycin may be helpful or a short course of oral antibiotics. There are many other options.
- Microneedling does not prevent acne scarring. The only way to prevent acne scarring from inflammatory acne is to keep it under control. Some types of acne do not cause scarring because it is a milder form.
- Microneedling does not treat existing scars well. I know…… you see all these amazing photos on the web, but often the lighting is different, sometimes the photos are edited, the patient may have had other procedures as well, etc. Studies have shown Turns out it wasn’t very efficient.
Here are some effective OTC skin care products that may help. Again… ..you may need your doctor to help you!
Microdermabrasion (MDA) is very helpful with acne.
Why? Because it exfoliates dead skin cells that clog your pores. And because it has a microscopic suction device (tiny painless vacuum cleaner) that deep cleans pores in a way that brushes or scrubs can’t. In addition, it is possible to transmit at the same time. Microdermabrasion can be performed with active acne as long as the acne is being treated with topical or oral medications.
- Acne is caused by clogged pores. For example, if the plug is very superficial, you will have a blackhead or a whitehead and not much redness. The deeper the wound, the more inflamed, purulent and potentially scarred. When you exfoliate and suck out the pores well, it improves the drainage of that pore and makes your lotions, cleansers, etc. to penetrate better.
- The MDA tip feels like a cat’s tongue or a light brush. It removes dead skin very thoroughly. Dead skin combines with the oil in the pores to create a plug.
- Keep the pores clear and use topical medications on your skin that reduce the number of bacteria on your skin. We all have good bacteria, but you don’t want the acne-causing proprioni bacteria to overgrow because it creates more inflammation and is more likely to leave scars.
Keeping a healthy diet by avoiding junk food and inflammatory foods is also really helpful!
Hope this is useful!
Dr. Brandith Irwin
Director, Madison Skin & Laser Center