Acne Treatment + Microneedling

Acne is the most common skin problem in the United States. It often appears as an outbreak of pimples on your face. But it can also show up on your chest, neck, back, or shoulders.

Acne happens when a pore gets clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It can affect people of all ages. But there are treatments that can help. The trick is finding what works best for you.

While a pimple will eventually go away, if you have outbreaks a lot, the skin problem that brings it on typically won’t go away by itself. And if you don’t treat it, you could end up with scars.

Best ingredients to treat acne:

  • Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria and removes extra oil.
  • Resorcinol is for whiteheads and blackheads.
  • Salicylic acid keeps pores from getting clogged.
  • Sulfur removes dead skin cells.
  • Spironolactone blocks excess hormone.

At SkinShineMedspa acne treatment can be done by using Benzoyl Peroxide or Alpha Hydroxy acid to remove dead skin and unclog pores. The treatment is combined with micro-needling to clear away bacteria and dry away excess oil that leads to acne.

As if acne isn’t frustrating enough, sometimes you might have to deal with scars that pimples can leave behind. Acne scars can develop from cystic acne or from picking at your skin. Like other types of scars, those from acne can last for several months or even years.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, microneedling works best for depressed — not raised — acne scars. This has to do with the collagen-inducing effects. If you have raised acne scars, you already have excess collagen in the area.

Unlike other minimally invasive skin corrective treatments, such as laser therapy, microneedling is considered safe for darker skin tones. This is because it doesn’t damage or remove the outer layer of the skin. Microneedling is also considered safe for thin and sensitive skin as well.

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What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that occurs due to a buildup of dead skin cells, bacteria, and increasing amounts of oil that combine to block the pores in your skin. Acne is worse in individuals with oily skin and may occur to both teenagers and adults. Acne also occurs in both men and women, though women are more likely to have mild or moderate forms of acne into their 30s and beyond.

What are the benefits of acne treatment?

  • Treatments are non-invasive
  • Effective for all skin types
  • No downtime required following treatment
  • Very safe

When can I expect to see results from my treatment?

It may take as long as eight to 12 weeks before you see a noticeable result in your skin following acne treatment. Please note that you may require several treatment sessions in order to achieve the best results and that results vary from person to person. Please speak with us to determine which treatments will be most effective for your skin.

What factors might aggravate my acne and cause it to worsen?

  • Stress
  • Hormonal fluctuations due to pregnancy, puberty, or seasonal change
  • Climate
  • Pressure or friction
  • Picking at the skin
  • Diet
  • Birth control pills
  • Cosmetic skin products
  • Lifestyle factors – inadequate sleep, drug and alcohol use, etc.


Hyperpigmentation or a dark spot is due to the overproduction of melanin in the skin by melanocytes. This extra melanin can be triggered by a lot of different things. Hormones—both estrogen and progesterone—can increase the level of melanin. Other factors, like skin irritation as a result of acne, waxing, and harsh scrubs, can also cause a dark spot. Now that you know where a dark spot can come from, keep reading to discover how to get rid of a dark spot.

Dark Spots Removal Using Micro-needling

For best results, SkinShineBar offers micro-needling with topical treatments. Once the skin barrier is opened, it is also possible to infuse ingredients known to lighten the skin like vitamin C. We also use a wound-healing serum, or a hyaluronic acid-vitamin C compound to help with hyperpigmentation, especially in darker skin tones.

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Vitamin C

Think beyond orange juice: Vitamin C can be used as a topical antioxidant that helps to block free radicals from causing oxidative damage to the skin.  It also inhibits enzymatic processes that produce melanin in the skin.

Another added benefit is that vitamin C only lightens targets problem pigmentation areas, not the rest of your skin.


When it comes to dark spot treatments, hydroquinone has been the gold standard for over 50 years. You can find this ingredient over the counter in concentrations of 2 percent or less, whereas the prescription has 4 percent or greater. On a biological level, hydroquinone works by inhibiting an enzyme called tyrosinase, which aids in the production of melanin.

Kojic Acid

Kojic acid (derived from mushrooms or fermented rice) is commonly used in skin lighteners, and is best used in conjunction with hydroquinone for maximum results. “It works by suppressing a key factor in the activity of the pigment cells.

Azelaic acid

This lesser-known ingredient is a treatment for dark spots on the face. Bonus: it has antibacterial properties that can help banish acne and the scars pimples leave behind.


  • Clear skin
  • Smooth, soft skin
  • Even tone and texture



What causes dark or pigmented lesions on the skin?

Pigmented lesions, birthmarks, brown spots, or dark spots are created from an excessive concentration of melanin in the skin. Melanin is what gives skin color. While some types of melanin concentrations are present at birth, most will occur with age or from excessive sun exposure.

Are the results of dark spot removal permanent?

Yes. Most dark spots will not return if removed. However, sun exposure may cause new dark spots to grow.

Can all areas of the body be treated?

All areas of the body can be safely and effectively treated. The most common treatment areas include the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands.

When will I see results?

Most patients see results after about four weeks, but in some cases it may take up to eight weeks for the full result to become apparent.