Dermaroller: simple and effective acne scar treatment


  • Suma Patil Department of Dermatology, HK Skin Clinic Kalaburagi, Karanataka, India
  • S. K. Patil Department of Dermatology, HK Skin Clinic Kalaburagi, Karanataka, India



Dermaroller, Acne scars


Background: Scarring is particularly a distressing phenomenon. The micro-needling is a minimally invasive procedure which has recently attained popularity because of the fact that it can be used safely with minimal training.

Methods: The present study was performed on 30 patients suffering from facial scarring of acne vulgaris. The patients were photographed and assessed clinically at the time of enrolment to grade the severity of scarring as per the grading system proposed by Goodman and Baron.

Results: A total of 30 patients were included in the study of which females were 18 and males 12. The age of the patients ranged from 18 to 30 years with the mean age of 24 years. Overall, 20 out of the total of 28 patients (71.4%) showed an excellent response to dermaroller treatment while 7 others achieved a good response (25%). Only 1 patient (3.6%) out of the total of 28 failed to show a significant response to treatment.

Conclusions: Dermaroller is a safe and effective treatment option for grade 2 and grade 3 acne scars.


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