After microneedling, your skin is open in tiny perforations. Here are microneedling aftercare tips to make sure the treatment goes right.
Microneedling is quite non-invasive and doesn’t entail any downtime, although your skin will need some time to recover. It’s a quick treatment you can get done professionally, or even at home.
It’s been proven to improve a number of skin conditions and imperfections, but it takes time and repetition to work. So, you’ll be getting a series of microneedling sessions, and you’ll need to take some special care of your skin after each one.
Here’s a guide through microneedling aftercare – it’s short and simple, but you have to stick to the routine for maximum results and proper healing.
During a microneedling treatment, a microneedling tool – either a dermapen or a dermaroller – makes tiny perforations on the skin which leave microchannels, openings which allow products to penetrate the skin deeper, but have another benefit.
The skin will start a recovery process to close up the microchannels, and the new skin cells that are produced will be healthy and damage-free, resulting in a gradually better structure and appearance of the skin.
However, the microchannels aren’t closed up immediately. Depending on the length of the needles and subsequent penetration depth, it will take more or less time for them to close up and for the skin to recover.
As they are closing up, you need to keep up with microneedling aftercare routine to prevent a) contamination of the skin and b) disruption of the processes which will lead to skin improvement.
If you want to find out more about how microneedling works, head over to this guide.
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If you’re getting microneedling to target a specific skin condition, your technician will prescribe products that will not only contribute to proper and comfortable healing, but also further maximize the effects of the treatment. In the case of microneedling for hair loss, for example, the tech will prescribe a product that stimulates hair growth.
So if you’re getting a professional service, you don’t have to worry about this. But if you’re DIY-ing it, here’s a couple of guidelines.
Generally, the best ingredient for microneedling aftercare is hyaluronic acid. It will supply enough moisture to hydrate the skin throughout the recovery process and ensure great new skin grows out.
But the thing with hyaluronic acid is that it can evaporate right out unless you lock it in with an emollient ingredient. Coconut oil is a great option since it also has anti-inflammatory benefits, just make sure you’re not allergic to it
It’s also a good idea to provide some peptides which will support collagen production.
Topical moisturization is great, but nothing beats hydration from within. So as part of your microneedling aftercare, you should increase your water intake. If you can get to 8 glasses a day, great! But more than that would be even better.
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If you had a professional treatment, let’s say you should follow the microneedling aftercare routine for about 2 weeks. If you’re doing it yourself, a few days should be fine.
The exception is wearing SPF, which you should do for as long as possible. SPF is generally beneficial, as it prevents sunlight damage and you should include it in your normal routine if you haven’t already. Just find a non-clogging formula.
Many people experience skin peeling in the days after a microneedling session. It’s important to let the skin exfoliate itself naturally, so you should never try to rip off the flakes. Let them go away on their own.
The need for micro needling after care stems mostly from the fact that the skin is broken and thus susceptible to irritation and infection until it’s closed up the microchannels.
So, if you don’t follow dermaroller or dermapen aftercare, you risk getting your skin contaminated and developing an infection. You also risk getting the microchannels clogged and inflamed, which can result in a breakout.
The micro injuries are created with the idea to trigger the skin’s natural processes of regeneration and increased production of collagen and elastin. Using products which aren’t approved can disrupt these processes and limit the success of the treatment.
So, if you fail to stick to microneedling after care instructions, you risk endangering your health and minimizing the success of the treatment.
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Generally, you should contact your microneedling tech or a dermatologist if you notice:
These are not the only signs of something going wrong. If you notice anything suspicious, contact your technician.
After a microneedling treatment, it’s important you pay some special attention to your skin to prevent infection or irritation, and to allow the skin’s natural processes to roll out the way they should. The microneedling aftercare is nothing complicated and it will require minimal changes to your lifestyle and skincare routine. Make sure to follow the instructions as closely as possible after each microneedling session.