Microneedling employs a specialized device with fine needles to make small, controlled injuries on the skin’s surface. It prompts the body to naturally boost collagen production and promote regeneration of the skin.
The benefits are numerous so proper aftercare is crucial to ensure optimal results and prevent complications.
In this guide, we tackle the dos and don’ts of microneedling aftercare, focusing on what NOT to do after microneedling.
You may also read our blog about “How Long Does It Take To See Results From Microneedling.”
Microneedling Aftercare Tips
Avoid Sun Exposure
Sun exposure can make irritation worse and raise the chances of having issues. Stay out of direct sunlight for the first 24 hours after treatment. If outdoor activities are unavoidable, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect your delicate skin.
We recommend something like BrushOnBlock Translucent Mineral Powder. You should use this for at least one week after treatment. Regularly wearing sunscreen will help protect your skin and help you get the most out of your microneedling treatments.
Don’t Skip Hydration
Ensuring your skin stays well-hydrated is the key to promoting the best possible healing process. After microneedling, your skin may experience dryness and tightness. You will be sent home with some pure hyaluronic acid to use in the hours after your session. Noticing more redness? Apply some pure aloe gel (as long as there is no known reaction). Be sure to apply these topicals with clean or gloved hands.
Resist the Urge to Touch
After microneedling, your skin needs some tender care. Try not to fiddle with or pick at it; doing so might invite unwanted bacteria and slow the healing process. Just let those little needle marks work their magic, keep it clean, and go easy on the pressure when cleansing.
When cleaning your face that evening, be sure to use just warm water. You can introduce your typical, gentle facial cleanser the next morning.
Say No to Harsh Skincare Products
In the days following microneedling, opt for gentle, non-irritating skincare products. We may advise you to avoid anything with harsh chemicals, strong acids, or abrasive particles. Do not apply any makeup for the remainder of the day after your microneedling treatment. Stick to a simple, hydrating routine to promote a smooth recovery. We also suggest you follow this protocol in the days leading up to your next microneedling session.
Don’t Engage in Strenuous Activities
While light physical activities are generally acceptable, strenuous exercises that induce excessive sweating should be avoided for the first 24 hours after microneedling. Sweating can increase the risk of infection, and the salt in sweat may cause discomfort on the treated skin. Opt for gentler exercises during this initial recovery period.
Beyond the Needles: Mastering Microneedling Aftercare for Lasting Beauty
Microneedling can work wonders for your skin, but the aftercare is equally crucial. Remember, what you do (or don’t do) after microneedling can significantly impact your results. Avoid sun exposure, moisturize your skin, resist the urge to touch, choose gentle skin care products, and take it easy on strenuous activities.
Adhering to these guidelines will pave the way for a smoother, more effective microneedling recovery. Always consult your licensed acupuncturist based on your needs and skin type.