Microneedling Aftercare Advice

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Your practitioner may provide aftercare guidance based specifically on your medical history or skin type, so make sure to follow them carefully.

Aftercare tips

  • As a general rule, you should reach for sunscreen constantly for the first 2 weeks after microneedling (minimum 30 SPF). Make sure to apply sunscreen anytime you go outside in the days following your treatment.
  • Don’t spend prolonged time out in the sun for the first week after your microneedling procedure, as you’ll be more prone to sun damage than usual.
  • Use products that your practitioner recommends to avoid infection.
  • Avoid touching your face and ensure you wash your hands before you do so.
  • Don’t put on makeup in the 24 hours following microneedling. When you do apply makeup, ensure you wash all makeup brushes thoroughly beforehand.
  • Avoid swimming pools, saunas, and situations where you might sweat heavily, including intense workouts at the gym, to protect your newly treated skin. After 72 hours have passed, you may be able to resume these activities.

What to use and avoid

  • For the first few days after your microneedling procedure, you’ll need to avoid any skin care product that contains harsh chemicals meant to exfoliate. Avoid anything that’s scented, and don’t use glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acids.
  • Retinol A and vitamin C serum should be avoided for the first 48 hours, minimum, after microneedling. Once 2 full days have passed, you might want to gradually add products back into your daily beauty routine instead of doing your usual regimen, especially if you use products that have strong anti-aging formulas.
  • Be sure to run any cleansers, toners, or scrubs that you plan to apply in the 2 to 3 days after microneedling by your practitioner to make sure the ingredients won’t worsen side effects.
  • Hyaluronic acid can be used following microneedling, and it’s even recommended in some cases to help stimulate collagen production after your procedure.
  • If your skin is feeling dry, it’s generally safe to apply coconut oil as an emollient to lock in moisture and hydrate your face after microneedling. Diluted, alcohol-free witch hazel may also be used to cleanse dry skin. Stick to using gentle, natural ingredients that you’re familiar with.

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