You’ve gotten your microneedling treatment and now wondering about microneedling aftercare. Below, we address some common questions we hear from patients. We’ve done microneedling treatments on patients with a range of skin types, so can share tips & tricks we’ve seen get the best results.
Is microneedling aftercare important?
Yes! Microneedling creates microscopic “channels” from your skin’s surface to your dermis for a limited time. It is important to maximize the efficient pathway while it lasts. Also, you want to ensure you support and not damage your skin as it is healing.
What shouldn’t you do after microneedling?
Do not be in direct sunlight. After microneedling, your skin is especially sensitive to the UV in sunlight. If you cannot avoid meaningful time in direct sunlight, use a mineral sunscreen right away. Otherwise, we recommend starting the mineral sunscreen the day after your treatment.
Do not go swimming. Most pools are full of chlorine, which is very drying and abrasive for the skin. You do not want to soak in chlorine while your face is healing.
What should you do after microneedling?
Use hyaluronic acid liberally. The molecules plump your skin
Use aloe vera if your skin feels tight or warm. One tip is to keep the aloe vera in the fridge before applying it to your face. This may create an even more pleasant, cooling sensation.
Take pictures to track your progress. Many people see minor improvements after a single treatment. However, you are likely to see more results in ~4 weeks, as that how long it takes new skin cells to regenerate.
Can you go about normal activities the next day?
You should expect some redness on your face for eight to twelve hours after your treatment. Applying hyaluronic acid and aloe vera generously can help alleviate some of the redness.
You should continue to minimize sun exposure and use a mineral sunscreen to protect your skin.
Why should you use mineral sunscreen as part of your microneedling aftercare?
When it comes to sunscreens, you can choose between chemical or physical (also known as mineral) sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens act like a sponge, absorbing UV light, while physical sunscreens act more like a shield, deflecting the sun’s rays. Common ingredients in chemical sunscreens include oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, and can feel sticky going on the skin.
In 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration noted that only the active ingredients in mineral sunscreens, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, are “generally recognized as safe and effective.” The FDA found that the body absorbs some of the active ingredients in chemical sunscreens. however, it’s still unclear what happens as a result of that absorption. While it’s possible you could absorb a small amount of mineral sunscreen, it’s unlikely based on the way they work: They sit on top of your skin and deflect the sun’s rays, and are easily washed off with sweat or water
So, that’s why we recommend using mineral sunscreen!
How long do you have to wait between microneedling treatments?
Wait one month before your next microneedling treatment. Nanoneedling may be done weekly to accelerate results. Both microneedling and nanoneedling are excellent natural techniques to get the best results from your very own skin. These treatments stimulate your own skin cells to increase regeneration. Your cells increase elastin and collagen production, which gives you firmer, plumper skin. This is the opposite of saggy, crepey skin!
What are other microneedling aftercare tips?
For the day immediately after your microneedling treatment, keep things simple.
- Do NOT apply makeup on your skin. Makeup could clog the channels the microneedling treatment has just created.
- Wait for at least 8 hours to wash your face. This allows the channels to stay open and absorb the products and serums applied. When you do wash your face, use a gentle cleanser.