What do you need to know about microneedling? It is an invasive anti-aging procedure that dermatologists use to treat different skin conditions. There are certain techniques that involve multiple tiny, sterile needles to puncture the skin and to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. As a result, new skin tissue replaces old damaged skin which reduces the appearance of many common skin concerns.. Microneedling is proven and safe, and because it is only minimally invasive and is non-ablative it carries very little risk of adverse reactions.
To be an ideal candidate for this procedure, your skin should be in a healthy condition prior to your treatment and you need to follow the post-care advice you are given carefully.
The Benefits of Microneedling
- Firms and smooths skin texture;
- Reduced appearance of acne scars and stretch marks;
- Reduced pores;
- Even out skin tone; and,
- A youthful glow
Immediately After the Procedure
Your skin will appear as though you have experienced mild sunburn and will be red and may feel tight and itchy. Other side effects could include:
- Flaking of the skin
Some devices involve additional risks. Those that use energy or heat can increase the likelihood of burns. Consulting a professional who is experienced in these types of procedures will help minimize the risks.
Treatment: How to Take Care of your Regenerating Skin
For the first 72 hours, only clean your face with lukewarm water (not hot or cold) and a gentle cleanser. Make sure to clean your hands before touching the treated skin.
Hydration and Serums
Immediately after the procedure, your skin professional will apply a broad spectrum UVA/UVB, SPF 25 or greater sunscreen to your skin. A chemical-free sunscreen is recommended. Keep in mind that you should continue to use a sunscreen everyday—not only the days following your procedure—as part of your skincare routine to protect your skin from sun damage and premature aging.
You should ensure that you keep your skin moisturised to maintain its barrier function.
Since your skin will feel drier than usual, you can hydrate and restore your skin’s balance with a serum containing hyaluronic acid as well.
Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to hydrate and to heal your skin faster.
Can I Wear Makeup after Microneedling?
Yes, but you need to let your skin naturally heal before anything else. Allow your skin to breathe and recover. Usually it takes 2-3 days but it depends on the post-procedure instructions of your doctor.
Be sure to consult your dermatologist or a professional before putting any product on your face. They will probably advise you to avoid it. But if really needed, they may allow you to wear hypoallergenic makeup or products with mild ingredients that are less likely to irritate the skin.
Your skin is sensitive and healing during this rejuvenation process, so avoid using any products that could irritate it or clog your pores.
What Makeup to Use
Even if some wounds have already healed, it is best to be cautious with the products used on the face.
Make sure to use clean makeup brushes or sponges. This helps to ensure that you won’t introduce any bacteria to your skin.
A lightweight and breathable powder foundation can give you the coverage you need without suffocating the skin.
What Makeup Ingredients to Avoid after Microneedling Treatment?
- Retinol (Vitamin A);
- Vitamin C (low-pH formula) scrubs;
- Petroleum-based makeup;
- Glycolic and Salicylic acids, or any other acids that interfere with the healing process
Even if any wounds have already healed by the 3rd or 4th day, it’s best to proceed with caution by using a light touch and soft brushes or sponges. Avoid any makeup that has a heavy fragrance, a thick consistency, or a drying formula
Even on regular days, it’s important to treat your skin gently with products that are effective but not damaging to your skin.