Microneedling is a form of collagen induction therapy that is a great way to fade acne scars and fine lines and keep skin looking youthful overall.
We will discuss more details about microneedling and what are the important microneedling aftercare steps to take so that you can take care of your skin after your microneedling session.
Benefits of Microneedling
Table of contents
- 1 What is microneedling?
- 2 Microneedling aftercare
- 2.0.1 WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER MICRONEEDLING? Here are things you can expect after doing your microneedling treatment during the healing process. The skin tends to shed after microneedling, which is a normal side effect. The redness lasts for a few hours and usually disappears the next day. Other common side effects can include tingling, and skin may feel a little drier as it heals and flakes. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MICRONEEDLING
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There are numerous advantages from microneedling like:
- Increased collagen production
- Firmer skin feel
- Improved appearance of acne scars
- Fading hyperpigmentation
- Reduced fine lines
- Reduced stretch marks
- Smoother skin texture
- Increased product intake
What is microneedling?
Microneedling (1) is known as collagen induction therapy. Here, several clean microneedles are pushed into the skin. This procedure is performed to improve the appearance of acne scars by increasing collagen production by creating micro-holes on the skin. Microneedling is often performed by a professional in a clinical setting, but there are also at-home options with shorter needles like those from Banish.
Microneedling works through controlled micro-injuries to the skin. The body responds to these injuries by sending collagen and elastin to heal the “injured” area. In other words, collagen and elastin not only heal the damaged area but also the areas around it, eventually smoothing acne scars and diminishing fine lines by promoting skin elasticity and repairing the skin’s foundation
Microneedling is mainly used on the face and can treat various scars (except keloid scars).
For microneedling treatments in the practice, your doctor will give you detailed aftercare instructions on what to do after microneedling. So make sure you follow any aftercare instructions he gives you.
During the first microneedling session, it is normal for the skin to become slightly red.
If you are performing microneedling yourself, the following aftercare guidelines can be followed.
Microneedling Aftercare Tips:
- Sun protection: In the first 2 weeks after microneedling, you should constantly use sunscreen. Make sure you always put sunscreen on when you go outside in the days after your treatment. Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 or higher to your skin immediately after microneedling.
- We recommend a physical sunscreen whenever possible as it is gentler. Sunscreen should still be worn every day, but it’s especially important to protect your healing skin from sun damage during the recovery process.
- avoid sun: Avoid spending any length of time in the sun for the first week after your microneedling procedure as you may be more prone to sun damage than usual. Avoid intentional and direct exposure to sunlight for 24 hours at best.
- Stay clean: Wash your hands before touching your face and avoid touching your face for the first 24 hours.
- No make-up: We recommend that you do not apply make-up for 8 hours after microneedling with the Banisher. Also, make sure you use freshly washed brushes if you decide to apply makeup.
- Avoid sweating: You must also avoid swimming pools, saunas and situations where you may sweat profusely, including intense workouts at the gym, to protect your newly treated skin. With the Banisher you can do these activities after 24 hours, but if you have particularly sensitive skin you might want to wait up to 72 hours, it really depends on how your skin tolerates and reacts to it. Signs of sensitivity include skin that easily flushes and turns red, and itching or stinging.
- Apply serum: Vitamin C serum can be applied afterwards as vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen but avoid using a very high concentration of vitamin C as this can be irritating.
- Avoid Prescription Products: Be careful not to apply strong prescription acne products immediately after microneedling. Wait at least 24 hours or more before applying exfoliating products. The point is to be gentle and not use ingredients that would either irritate the skin or increase sales until a day or two later.
- Hydrate Skin: Skin may feel a little drier than usual after microneedling. Use something gentle like the vitamin C cream to keep the skin hydrated while it heals
- Gentle detergent and lukewarm water.
- Gentle, natural ingredients. It is important to be gentle and minimal after microneedling to give the skin time to recover.
- AHAs, BHAs, retinol and exfoliants
- Heavily perfumed skincare – Fragrances are notoriously irritating.
- When cleaning the next day, use a physical brush e.g. B. a rotating brush
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER MICRONEEDLING?
Here are things you can expect after doing your microneedling treatment during the healing process.
The skin tends to shed after microneedling, which is a normal side effect. The redness lasts for a few hours and usually disappears the next day. Other common side effects can include tingling, and skin may feel a little drier as it heals and flakes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MICRONEEDLING
There are perhaps some of the questions that come to mind every time you hear about microneedling.
Can I microneedle over active acne?
No, no microneedling for active acne, I repeat: NO microneedling for acne. Make sure you avoid active acne – including blackheads and blackheads – don’t use derma rolls or microneedles if you have active acne. This allows bacteria to spread.
Can I microneedle while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Microneedling itself is not recommended during pregnancy as the healing process can deprive the body of some resources for skin repair.
Are microneedling results permanent?
Yes it is to an extent. As skin ages, we must continue to take care of skin to maintain it. However, the results are permanent, unlike fillers which dissolve over time.
How long is the downtime?
Home microneedling is considered a no-downtime treatment. You can apply makeup the next day after using the Banisher, but please wait at least 8 hours before starting.
Microneedling at home should have a rest period of 1-2 weeks to give your skin time to heal before doing another session.
In practice, microneedling can have a downtime of 3-7 days, depending on your procedure and how aggressive it was.
A great microneedling aftercare routine will make the biggest difference in your skin. Brighter, glowing skin with fewer acne scars can be achieved when you commit to taking care of your skin by following all of your microneedling tool’s directions with the right aftercare.
Taking care of your skin after microneedling can make a big difference in the results you get. The right aftercare not only leads to better results, but you also protect your skin from damage while it heals.
Results will still vary from person to person, so it also requires patience. While acne scars may still be there, they can be improved and remember there is no such thing as perfection!
Microneedling of scars: A large prospective study with long-term follow-up
“How much does microneedling promote product absorption?” from Cadogan Clinic: https://www.cadoganclinic.com/how-much-does-micro-needling-boost-product-absorption