How to take care of your skin after microneedling
Wanting to keep your face looking firmer for longer? A microneedling treatment such as Dermapen, something offered at all Skin Renewal branches, is one of the best ways to stimulate your skin’s own collagen production, something that starts to dwindle as we age. The treatment involves applying a topical anesthetic before running an electric needle across the surface. This creates a myriad of tiny “wounds” that kick start your skin’s natural healing process and yep, that means the creation of fresh new collagen.
What to expect
While most people know about the treatment itself, it’s important to be clued up on how to take care of your skin afterwards. Immediately after the treatment your skin will appear very red, as though it’s sunburned. This typically doesn’t last more than 24 hours, however, so you don’t have to worry about extended downtime. Depending on how aggressive your treatment was, your skin might also be a little swollen and you might see a few tiny needle marks and pinpoint bleeding, but due to the size of this injury, they’ll clear up fast.
Then there’s the texture issue. Shortly after your treatment, you might notice that your skin might look a bit dehydrated and have a slightly rough texture, as though it’s covered in microfine sandpaper. Your skin might also flake a little, but in a way that’s barely noticeable as microneedling will encourage it to naturally exfoliate for up to a week post-treatment. This is a good thing, however, as it’s a sign that you’ve sped up your skin’s natural turnover rate. In short, it’s out with the old and in with new, more radiant-looking skin!
A time for TLC
Taking good care of your skin in this post-treatment phase is essential as it can dramatically boost the results. First, for at least three days after your treatment, you don’t want to use anything that could be perceived as “active”. This means anything containing retinol, vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acid and enzymes are out. Your skin will be in an extremely sensitive state and these products are likely to cause a reaction, not to mention sting the moment they touch your face.
When you wash your face, use a mild cleanser, tepid water or baby shampoo. No exfoliators and no rubbing. It’s important to remember that being gentle is key. You also shouldn’t wear make-up for at least 12 hours after your treatment, although your doctor might apply a specially formulated “breathable” foundation such as Lycogel straight after your treatment.
Get heavy on hydration
To address the dryness issue give your skin a lot more moisture than you would normally. A mega-hydrating hyaluronic acid serum would do the trick, provided it didn’t contain any other potentially irritating actives. One of our top picks is Lamelle Correctives HA Plus serum.
If in doubt, show what you plan to use to your doctor or therapist and they’ll be able to let you know if it’s suitable. If not, they can suggest something that could hydrate without irritation. As far as texture goes, if your skin starts to feel rough, DO NOT be tempted to exfoliate it. Let it slough away naturally and soon you’ll be on the fast track to a more youthful-looking complexion.