As with any cosmetic skin procedure, it’s important to know how to care for your skin properly before and after a microneedling treatment to achieve the best outcomes. Much of this care involves choosing the right products for your skin.
Microneedling is a powerful, minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment that’s designed to help improve the skin’s surface by reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and acne scars. A handheld electronic device with tiny needles pierces the skin to create minor, nearly microscopic “wounds” in the skin, which prompts it to stimulate collagen production.
The treatment also provides a clear channel for topical serums to be absorbed through the surface of the skin. This is why what you put on your face is extremely important to get the most from your microneedling results.
Consult the Experts
Talk to your dermatologist about the best products to use for preparing and strengthening the skin before undergoing a treatment course and what to use after each procedure. It’s not always easy to know what to use and when—especially when it comes to home care. Take the guesswork out by using a range of products that are created specifically for microneedling. You can sometimes use the same formulas on your skin before and after.
Use High-Quality Products
Ask your practitioner about the ultimate microneedling post care (and pre-care) products for at-home maintenance. You can often get starter kits that are designed to set you up with an appropriate skincare routine. They should be used to complement your clinical rejuvenation treatments and engineered to work with skin needling procedures. High-quality products are nonnegotiable when it comes to microneedling pre and post care.
Learn About Key Ingredients
Find a serum that you can use before, after, and even during your treatment. The deeper layers of the skin want to be hydrated and nourished with vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory trace minerals like zinc. Zinc accelerates wound healing and is vital in collagen and elastin synthesis.
Here’s another important ingredient to seek out: hyaluronic acid. A microneedling serum that utilizes three different weights of the hyaluronic acid molecule is ideal for long-lasting, deep hydration. A high-quality serum with this ingredient should also aid in skin repair and the development of healthy cells. Hyaluronic acid is essential for maintaining the skin’s hydration, and it contributes to your skin’s protective barrier function.
Follow Best Practices
The microneedling treatment area is vulnerable after a procedure because your skin is trying to heal. Microneedling usually causes mild skin redness, similar to a sunburn, that may last for a few days.
Here are some best practices to keep in mind following a microneedling procedure:
• If there’s mild pain, don’t take any anti-inflammatory medications, just acetaminophen like Tylenol.
• Stay out of direct sunlight for at least 72 hours to protect skin from the sun.
• Don’t wear makeup for 24 hours.
• Avoid swimming or spending time in a hot tub for 48 hours.
• Limit or avoid strenuous activities or environments that encourage sweating because it opens the pores, which could cause bacteria to enter the skin’s punctures, possibly leading to a reaction or infection.
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