Caring for Your Skin After Microneedling
30 Nov 2020
As we’ve covered in a previous blog, microneedling (or SkinPen) is used to create controlled micro wounds in the skin to trigger collagen and elastin production. As a result, your skin will have tiny channels that are open and susceptible to anything it is exposed to like bacteria that could cause an infection. For this reason, It is critical to follow the correct post-treatment protocol to ensure proper heal thing and the best results.
Immediately following your treatment, and for the first 24 hours, you will be using the post-care products provided by your aesthetician. These include the SkinFuse Lift, or SkinFuse Rescue Calming Complex, which are the only products approved for the immediate care of the skin post-treatment. These two products are designed to help soothe, heal and hydrate skin afterward.
Upon completion of your service, your skin may appear red and have a sunburn sensation. Do not wash, touch your skin or apply any other skincare product for the first 24 hours other than the SkinFuse Lift or SkinFuse Rescue Calming Complex. However, if pinpoint bleeding remains, you can splash your skin with sterile water and gently pat dry. Always ensure that you have clean hands before touching your treated skin. Avoid clothing on the treated area and if you are wearing a mask, ensure that it is sterile and made from a non-irritating fabric.
After 24 hours, you can begin applying additional products to your skin again. However, it’s important to use simple products that do not contain active ingredients. Below is a simple guide that lays out a basic regimen to follow post-microneedling, recommended post-care products, a few things to avoid, etc:
POST-MICRONEEDLING SKIN CARE (Day 1 – Day 5)
- Cleanse using gentle cleanser, apply moisturizer, and SPF recommended by your provider.
- Cleanse using a gentle cleanser, apply moisturizer recommended by your provider.
- During the first 5 days, you can use any remaining SkinFuse products to provide additional healing and hydration.
AFTER DAY-5 CARE
After day 5, you may resume your original skincare routine if the irritation, peeling, and tenderness have subsided. If you are still peeling, flaking, or irritated, continue with the above regimen and proceed with your usual routine once your skin has healed.
RECOMMENDED POST-CARE PRODUCTS
SKN BAR RX offers some gentle products that are particularly suited to microneedling post care. These include:
THINGS TO AVOID POST-TREATMENT:
During the first 3-5 days after microneedling there are a few things you’ll want to avoid. We recommend you DO NOT:
- Pick, poke, scrub, or irritate the skin with any physical touch or exfoliating product while it is healing
- Exercise, use a hot tub, or a sauna
- Use an electric facial brush or a rough towel on the treated area
- Use heavy foundation or liquid makeup; mineral makeup is best
Ensure you are following this step by step routine to achieve your best results. Failure to follow this protocol can lead to infection, scarring, and further skin complications. Keep in mind that results are best achieved with treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Your aesthetic provider is always available to answer any questions or concerns.
For anyone looking to heal damaged skin, whether it’s from acne scars or everyday wear and tear, microneedling can be a life changing treatment! How do you know if microneedling is right for you? Schedule a complimentary consultation today and we’ll help you on your journey to glowing skin!