Microneedling is a popular skin rejuvenating treatment that may be done with or without radiofrequency energy. On its own, the microneedling procedure stimulates collagen remodeling that can reduce the appearance of premature aging, sunspots, acne and acne scars, and even stretch marks. To get the best results from a microneedling treatment, though, it helps to know what you should and shouldn’t do as your skin is in its regenerative process. We’ll discuss some tips here.
What to Avoid after Microneedling
After a microneedling treatment, there are certain activities and exposures that should be restricted. These include:
- Sun exposure. The ultraviolet light in the sunshine is one of the major factors that contribute to collagen breakdown, sun damage, and premature aging. When the skin is healing, it’s even more sensitive to light than it normally is, so sun exposure should be carefully avoided. Not just for a day or two, but as a habit. Every morning before going outside, apply broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen to the face (and all exposed skin for that matter).
- Substances that affect collagen production. Did you know that taking NSAIDS like ibuprofen can blunt collagen production? Some herbal supplements can, as well. For the most part, any substances that can thin the blood can decrease collagen production, which is the whole point of microneedling.
- Topical products that can cause irritation. Ask your provider about cleansers and other items that you should avoid. Examples include vitamin A medications like Retin-A, benzoyl peroxide, and alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids. These substances, applied to the skin after microneedling, could result in unnecessary irritation.
- Makeup. Your provider may advise you to avoid wearing makeup for a couple of days after microneedling. It may also be wise to invest in some mineral makeup, since this tends to be less irritating to sensitive skin, which yours may be for a short time after microneedling.
- Swimming. Swimming pools carry microbes and chemical irritants that could cause inflammation in the skin that is healing from microneedling.
- Heat and sweat. For a few days after microneedling, it is necessary to avoid excessive heat like a sauna or hot tub. Intense exercise should also be postponed because it will heat up the skin and also cause you to sweat, which can irritate the skin.
Getting the Best Results from Microneedling
Even when it will increase your skin’s healing capacity, you might not love hearing about all the things you must avoid after microneedling treatment. Some of the things you can do to promote optimal tissue regeneration include:
- Wear sunscreen! This will protect that collagen remodeling that is happening.
- Apply a hyaluronic acid serum. Your provider may do this at the conclusion of your microneedling treatment. This can maintain for a few days, followed by a gentle moisturizer.
- Clean the face daily with a gentle cleanser. To aid in tissue recovery, it is necessary to gently remove debris, oil, and microbes that could irritate sensitive skin.
- If the face is swollen or tender after microneedling, sleep with your head elevated for about one week.
- Stay hydrated! This will nourish the treatment area and promote plump skin.
The aftercare you provide to your skin after microneedling can help maximize your treatment outcome. Are you ready for some powerful collagen induction therapy with microneedling? Contact us today to schedule a visit to our Sonterra or La Casita office in San Antonio.