Precautions and care after Micro-Needling Treatments
If you’re a micro-needling novice, you may not yet be fully aquatinted with what you can expect following a treatment. While the beauty-enhancing effects you seek will undoubtedly follow (the procedure is guaranteed to stimulate production of collagen and elastin), so too will a period of recuperation during which your skin will require a little extra TLC. Here’s what you need to do to minimize discomfort and ensure the quickest possible recovery.
- Keep your face clean – While harsh cleansers should be avoided, you do need to be vigilant about keeping the skin on your face clean and free of possible contaminants. Select a mild cleanser without dyes or perfumes and use it to wash your face for the 72 hours following your treatment. In addition, avoid touching your face unless your hands are sanitized.
- Moisturize – Expect your skin to be dry in the days following a micro-needling treatment. You’ll want to moisturize frequently with a serum or moisturizer that has hyaluronic acid as a principal ingredient. Avoid products with dyes, fragrances, or harsh chemicals.
- Protect your skin from the sun – It’s important to minimize exposure to the sun for at least the first three days following a micro-needling treatment. You’ll also need to apply a generous amount of gentle broad spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher, something your esthetician will tell you to do daily anyway. In fact, beauty schools in Ontario and beyond make it clear that wearing sunscreen every day is the single best thing that can be done to maintain youthful, healthy-looking skin.
- No makeup – For the first 24 hours following a micro-needling appointment, it’s best to keep your skin entirely clear of the regular beauty products you use. In particular, non-sterile makeup brushes can transmit bacteria that can easily enter the skin. But the products themselves can clog your pores and interfere with the desired healing process.
After your micro-needling treatment, it’s best to avoid the following:
- Exercise and strenuous activity that makes you sweat. Gyms in particular should be avoided for the first 72 hours.
- Swimming for at least three days.
- Tanning beds.
- Powered cleansing brushes.
- So-called “active” skincare products, especially anything with retinol, alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acid or vitamin C, for at least a week.
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