Everything You Need to Know About Microneedling Aftercare

By [email protected] 3rd August 2022 Category: Advice

Microneedling is usually used to improve the appearance of scars. This minimally invasive technique works by stimulating your blood circulation and produces more collagen in the skin. Since microneedling physically punctures your skin, you’ll need to take special care of the skin in the days following the procedure and take precautions to maintain your skin barrier as it recovers. Learn more about what to expect following microneedling and how to care for your skin afterwards.


Microneedling aftercare – What to expect

It’s normal to experience certain side effects after a microneedling procedure.

Your skin can be flushed or even bright red when you leave your visit. Within 48 hours, the majority of the redness you experience after microneedling will go away. Peeling, flaking and breakouts may take a little longer. Although not everyone will experience them, additional side effects from microneedling include pimples, acne, and dry skin.

The majority of the visible healing after microneedling takes place in the first couple of days following treatment, however healing will continue beneath the skin’s surface for up to two months. By taking good care of your skin, side effects may be reduced.


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Microneedling aftercare Q&A

Does your face peel after microneedling?

As a result of the increased turnover of skin cells, the treated area may peel and flake for three to five days after microneedling. Be careful not to pick or scratch at your skin.

When can I moisturise after microneedling?

For the first 48 hours, thick water-based moisturisers shouldn’t be applied as they could obstruct the pores and raise the risk of skin outbreaks like rashes.

Following microneedling, oils are fantastic to apply to the skin. They can lessen the adverse effects and hydrate the skin more deeply than water-based moisturisers. However, when selecting oils you must be cautious as they can clog pores, resulting in breakouts and rashes. Your dermatologist can advise on the best oil to use.

Can I wear makeup after microneedling?

It’s important that you wait at least 24 hours after the session before using makeup on your face. It depends on the individual how long it will take for their skin to recover and be ready for makeup, but it is typically advised to wait a minimum of 24 to 72 hours before going back to your regular makeup routine.

Can I exercise after microneedling?

The blood flow to the treated regions is increased when you exercise right after your microneedling session, which makes your skin more sensitive, painful, and swollen. Patients are recommended to wait anywhere between 48 and 72 hours after treatment for the skin to completely recover before exercising.

Can I drink alcohol after microneedling?

Avoid drinking alcohol for seven days after your treatment. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it dehydrates the body. Dehydration will significantly slow down the repair of your skin.

Find your nearest clinic and arrange a free consultation with one of our trusted dermatologists for advice on how microneedling can work for you.

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