Microneedling is an aesthetic procedure that consists of using tiny sterilized needles to prickle the skin onto producing more collagen. It’s minimally invasive, so it requires just a few extra safety measures. However, after you’ve had your procedure done, what should you use on your skin? Which products can you use after microneedling? Don’t fret, we’re here to help with a few of our favorite products and a lot of advice.
What should you use before microneedling?
Although this is a minimally invasive procedure, it requires some thought. Firstly, you should avoid sun exposure. This is easy to understand: the sun irritates the skin, and you’re about to irritate it further. All in all, the best advice prior to having the microneedling is to avoid altogether anything that can irritate your skin. As well as the sun, cosmetics also have to power to irritate the skin. Therefore you should avoid anything that typically irritates your skin. Overall, we recommend not using retinoids or acids one week prior to microneedling. Additionally, if you have any products that tend to cause any level of discomfort, also avoid those.
If you have some tendency for bruising, especially around the eye contour, you can start by applying a product that will help to control that. These creams are generally more effective if you start to use them prior to the procedure.
What to use during microneedling
Some people like to have microneedling at home. Keep in mind that you should always follow the instructions manual and keep everything hygienic in order to avoid any issues. Additionally, you should keep in mind that you can’t perform microneedling with any product.
The best hyaluronic acid and growth factor serums for microneedling
We recommend that you either choose a hyaluronic acid serum or one with growth factors. Lastly, make sure the serum you choose is compatible with the procedure.
Microneedling alternatives to use at home
Alternatively, you can use some cosmetics that already include a head with tiny needles. These are not comparable to the procedure itself, but they help the formula to penetrate further down the skin.
Best products to use after microneedling
During the first week
Ok, you’ve had your microneedling done. So, what now? It’s time to bring out all the soothing and protecting gear. Use a minimalist routine that is all about repairing the skin and ensuring you’re comfortable. Dermatologists tend to recommend a trio of products. Namely, a cleansing foam, a hyaluronic acid serum, and a great repairing sunscreen.
The cleansing foam helps to gently cleanse the skin without any need to rub it or be rough. The foam already comes out as bubbly goodness that just needs to be gently spread on the surface of the skin. The hyaluronic acid serum you choose should be top grade, to ensure it uses low molecular weight versions of the ingredient. This will ensure deep penetration and maximum efficacy.
Lastly, choose a sunscreen with SPF50+, to help you protect your skin from UV radiation during this period of greater vulnerability. You can also add a fourth product as a little extra: a repairing cream from a “cica” range–such as SVR Cicavit, La Roche-Posay Cicaplast, or Filorga Neocica. These skincare ranges are enriched with Centella asiatica, a star ingredient that really helps to repair the skin.
After the first week
You’ve now repaired back your skin, the flaking that is expected during the first week has faded and so has any redness. It’s time to bring on some actives to boost collagen. A vitamin C serum is ideal, as well as niacinamide products. Keep a tight leash on those acids and retinoids for the first month after having the procedure, but if you use low concentration or milder formulas, you can start using them once a week. We also advise you to keep on using your repairing cream throughout the first month.
All in all, microneedling is all about respecting your skin’s boundaries. Invest in repairing products and a great sunscreen that can be applied on the eye contour. You can see some of them in our post-procedure collection.
Pharmacy Technician & Beauty Writer