What Should I Do Before Microneedling?
If you are taking Accutane products, be sure to stop using them at least six months before your session and tell your esthetician about any other prescription drugs you might be taking. In addition, do not use any topical products that might cause sensitivity to the skin in the week before your micro-needling treatment. Some examples are retinoids, acids, exfoliants, or even topical antibiotics.
Avoid unprotected sun exposure, tanning or sunburn, as well as IPL and other laser therapies in the two weeks before your session. As well, do not wax, use cream depilatories, or get electrolysis on the area you have targeted for your micro-needling session for two weeks before your treatment. If you must shave the site, be sure to do it the day before your treatment and not the day to avoid skin sensitivity.
Don’t take any anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen in the three days before your micro-needling session. This would interfere with the inflammatory process, essential for collagen induction. This treatment is centred around.
If you have recurring cold sores, take antiviral medication for two days before your treatment and the day of. If you take blood-thinning medicine, ask your doctor if you can stop for one week before your micro-needling session to minimize bruising.
- Do not do anything for at least 4 hours post-treatment.
- Change your bed sheets and sleep on a clean pillowcase
- Clean and change your face towels to dry your skin
- Do not wash your face for the next 4 hours after your treatment.
- Wash your skin two times per day with a cleanser and water (morning and evening)
- Do not touch your face with uncleaned fingers
- Do not use Shampoo for 48 hours
- Do not wear makeup for the next 48 hours
- Avoid intense exercise and sweating for 48 hours
- Do not take anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen for ten days.
- Avoid tanning and prolonged exposure to the sun for a minimum of 2 weeks
- Apply SPF 30 or 50 before going outside
- Redness or sensitivity may be present for up to 72 hours.
- Acne breakouts may appear temporarily
- Mild skin peeling may begin on days 3-5
- Dry skin may persist for ten days or more.
- Do not scratch the treated skin
- Stay well hydrated, drink a lot of water
- Do not use Retinol or exfoliating products for a minimum of 10 days
- It is recommended to repeat the treatment every 4-6 weeks
- For best results, you may need 3-8 treatments.
Routine Day 2 to Day 10
- Cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser and water. Rinse and then pat dry
- Apply a hydrating serum and let your skin absorb it completely (2 or 3 minutes)
- Apply a gentle moisturizer
- Apply sunscreen when needed if you go outside
Routine day 10 + you can now exfoliate
- Cleanse your skin with a cleanser and water, then pat dry
- Exfoliate your skin using an exfoliant or honey and sugar and water (maximum three times per week)
- Rub your skin with medium pressure and in a circular motion to remove dead skin.
- Apply a hydrating serum and let dry 2-3 minutes
- Apply a recommended moisturizer
- If you go out, apply sunscreen (SPF 30 or more)