There are a plethora of reasons why people do micro-needling. The primary one is to reduce the effects of aging – wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. Others include treating hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, large pores, and acne scars. Whatever your reason is, you may want to arm yourself with the rules of the game before pricking your face. Micro-needling is just one of those things you have to play by the rules. The alternative is certainly not worth exploring. So, what are rules to follow before and after micro-needling?
Before the treatment
1. Do not use sensitive topical agents a week before the treatment
On a normal day, topical treatments such as exfoliants, retinoids, vitamin A, acids, and topical antibiotics have tremendous benefits for the skin. However, they are not suitable for pre-treatment products for micro-needling. Theoretically, when the skin is injured with needles, small channels are created that go all the way to its deep layers. So when you use these harsh products, you can easily irritate the layers of the skin and develop redness and swelling.
2. Do not consume anti-inflammatory drugs three days before the procedure
Like vitamin A-based treatments, anti-inflammatory medications like Advil, ibuprofen, and Motrin should be avoided at all costs before a micro-needling treatment. These have ingredients that will interfere with the body’s natural inflammatory process and, in turn, affect the whole process of skin rejuvenation.
3. No shaving, waxing prior to micro-needling
Shaving and waxing make the skin super sensitive. Sensitive skin is a bad idea when it comes to micro-needling as it makes it prone to irritations. The week prior to the treatment, avoid waxing at all costs. Stay away for dilapidated creams and electrolysis as well. On the day of treatment, do not shave at all. If there’s hair on the treatment area, shave it off the day before the treatment. Warts, moles, and solar keratosis are untreatable.
1. Only use tepid water and a gentle cleanser up to 3 days post-treatment
Right after treatment, your skin is super sensitive. This is why you should be careful to not irritate it by using strong cleansers. A gentle cleanser and tepid water will do the job just fine. Also, ensure your hands are clean before touching the affected area to keep germs at bay. Once you are done cleaning your face, pat it dry with a clean towel. Additionally, avoid using Clarisonic or any other powdered cleansing brush one week after the treatment for the same reasons as above.
2. Avoid active skincare products for up to 7 days
To create a good environment for proper healing, there are certain skincare products that shouldn’t touch your skin. These include Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), Vitamin C scrubs (low pH formulation), Vitamin C, and any other product that is in the active category. Applying these can cause the skin to be severely irritated and negatively affect its natural ability to heal itself. For hydration, use hyaluronic acid which will further help restore the perfect balance of the skin apart from adding moisture to it.
3. Wear sunscreen
Immediately after micro-needling, apply SPF 25+ sunscreen on your skin and keep this up every day after that. The sun won’t go easy on you just because you are healing from cosmetic treatment. The best sunscreen is a chemical-free, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 25+. If you don’t have SPF 25+ use SPF 15+. However, you might want to buy the former when going outdoors for long periods at a time when the sun is high in the sky.
4. Do not do any strenuous activity three days after the treatment
The final rule in the micro-needling book is to avoid doing strenuous activities 72 hours post-treatment. This includes swimming, going to the gym, and participating in cardio even at home. Both sweating and gym environments are filled with harmful bacteria that can cause reactions in your skin.
There it is; 7 rules to follow pre and post-micro-needling. Before you order that microneedle roller Amazon, think over these rules and adjust yourself accordingly. After all, it is in the best interest of your skin and overall health.