Microneedling in skin of color: A review of uses and efficacy

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 Feb;74(2):348-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2015.09.024.


In ethnic skin, traditional skin resurfacing procedures such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser therapy can be effective but can also be associated with prolonged recovery and risk of complications. These complications can include a higher risk of dyspigmentation and scarring, and unsatisfactory clinical outcomes. Microneedling is an evolving treatment technique for an expanding number of dermatologic conditions. Microneedling may offer a more advantageous safety profile, particularly in the skin-of-color population (Fitzpatrick skin types IV-VI), compared with more conventional resurfacing modalities. Thus far, it has been shown to be effective for a number of dermatologic conditions in this population, including scarring, melasma, melanosis, skin rejuvenation, acne vulgaris, and primary hyperhidrosis. This article aims to provide a comprehensive review of the literature regarding the efficacy and safety of microneedling in skin of color.

Keywords: acne vulgaris; hyperhidrosis; melasma; microneedling; scarring; skin of color: skin rejuvenation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / complications
  • Acne Vulgaris / therapy
  • Cicatrix / etiology
  • Cicatrix / therapy*
  • Cosmetic Techniques / adverse effects
  • Cosmetic Techniques / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Hyperhidrosis / therapy
  • Melanosis / therapy
  • Needles*
  • Rejuvenation
  • Skin Pigmentation*