Can microneedling banish acne scars? I braved the treatment to find out

Microneedling review

What can one treatment do? (Picture: Aidan Milan/Getty)

‘Whilst we use numbing cream please be prepared for some discomfort.’

As I read that sentence in an email from an employee at the skin care clinic, I started getting nervous.

I was in the process of arranging a microneedling appointment with Lisa Franklin’s Clinic Privé, which is the most invasive treatment I’ve ever had (so far).

‘You’ve had tattoos before,’ I’d tell myself in the run-up to the appointment, trying to bolster my nerves. ‘This will be a walk in the park.’

I’m happy to say that, while it wasn’t the most comfortable thing I’ve ever done, it definitely wasn’t that bad – even if the whole thing does sound pretty intense.

Similar to getting inked, the microneedling process involves having tiny needles speedily poked into your skin with an electric pen-like device. The idea is that the tiny, controlled injuries will stimulate the production of collagen as your skin heals itself afterwards.

Thus, professionals say it can work wonders for things like acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, and help even up your complexion.

Whenever something promises to do so much, I get a bit sceptical, but in the name of journalism, I was willing to go under the needle and put it to the test.

I was hoping for a few of my little acne scars to shrink – maybe even vanish if I was really lucky – and for my pores to look smaller, but that’s not what happened.

Instead, the treatment left me with softer, more supple and glowy skin, which, while it wasn’t what I was after, was definitely pretty nice.

With that in mind, I’d definitely be interested in trying it again to see if further sessions could shrink those scars, especially since the clinic recommended starting with three treatments to begin with.

However, with a price tag of £375, that would be a pretty costly trial-and-error – so I really wanted to see what having just one treatment could do.

First, the numbing cream (Picture: Aidan Milan)

Starting to get a big pink (Picture: Aidan Milan)

It’s giving Neapolitan ice cream (Picture: Aidan Milan)

For the treatment, which staff refer to as their Revive Remodel Reveal, my technician used an FDA-cleared SkinPen Precision device.

Even though I was nervous, they did a great job putting me at ease.

It started with a cleanse of my face, and then numbing cream was applied and left to sit until it took full effect.

Then the needling started.

I’d never used numbing cream before and was relieved to find that most of the time I couldn’t feel a thing apart from the vibration of the SkinPen.

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