IPL or Microneedling: Which is Best for Acne Scars

ipl or microneedling for acne scars

While acne scars can be difficult to treat with OTC and at-home remedies, there are several in-office treatments that can diminish imperfections and achieve smooth, clear skin. Which one is best, though, IPL or Microneedling?

In addition to causing redness and swelling, acne can also leave behind post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and depressed acne scars.

Continue reading as we compare the benefits of IPL and microneedling for acne scars.

What is IPL?

IPL stands for intense pulsed light and is a noninvasive treatment designed to address discoloration and improve skin tone and texture. It is especially well-suited to hyperpigmentation, sun spots, acne scars, redness, rosacea, and broken capillaries.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a skin resurfacing procedure that uses an automated microneedling device and ultra-thin needles to create microscopic injuries in the skin. This controlled damage induces a wound healing response and stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin.

Microneedling has the ability to treat a wide range of skin concerns, including:

IPL or Microneedling: Which is Best for Acne Scars?

In order to answer the question – IPL or microneedling: Which is best for acne scars? – it’s important to determine that type of acne scars being treated.

“Acne scars can vary… some are red, some indented, and some are dark.  As a rule of thumb, IPL will help with discoloration and microneedling can help with indentation or textural problems.” – Dr. Nicole Hayre

IPL for Acne Scars

Because of its ability to breakdown excess melanin, IPL is ideal for acne scars that present with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

To sufficiently fade brown or red spots that develop in response to acne inflammation, most patients need a series of 3-5 IPL treatments, spaced 3-4 weeks apart.

Microneedling for Acne Scars

Microneedling is a better choice for women and men with depressed acne scars. By stimulating collagen and remodeling skin from the inside out, microneedling can smooth divots and rejuvenate damaged skin.

Most patients achieve optimal outcomes with a series of 2-4 microneedling treatments, spaced 6-8 weeks apart.

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Learn More About Acne Scar Treatments

If you are considering IPL or microneedling for acne scars, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Nicole Hayre.