Microneedling Aftercare : Tips to get the most out of your treatment

November 18, 2020 0 Comments

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Are you interested in microneedling?  Microneedling is a great way to fade acne scars, fine lines, and keep skin looking youthful overall.  

Learn more about what microneedling is and how it works, and the microneedling aftercare steps to get the best results. 

WHAT IS MICRONEEDLING?

Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy.  Microneedling is a non-invasive procedure where several sterile micro needles are pressed into the skin. Thisprocedure is done or performed in order to improve the appearance of acne scars and increase collagen production by creating micro-channels or microholes on the skin. Microneedling is often done by a professional in a clinical environment however less invasive home options are available too.

The theory behind microneedling is that by making these tiny holes spaced apart in a given area of your skin (aka creating a controlled skin injury), your body will respond by sending collagen and elastin to heal the “injured” area. In other words, the collagen and elastin will not only heal the damaged area but also the areas around it, eventually smoothing out minor scars, flattening out fine lines and wrinkles, as well as promoting elasticity in the skin.

Microneedling is mostly used on the face and may treat various scars (except keloid scars), wrinkles and large pores. Microneedling may also be used in anti-aging procedures and for sun spots.

MICRONEEDLING AFTERCARE TIPS

For in office microneedling treatments, your doctor should provide detailed aftercare instructions on what to do after microneedling. Microneedling aftercare instructions may be based specifically on your personal skin type and condition, so make sure to follow them carefully. During the initial microneedling session, it is normal for skin to become a little red. 

If you are doing microneedling yourself, these aftercare guidelines below can be followed. 

Microneedling aftercare tips include the following:

  • As a general rule, you should reach for sunscreen constantly for the first 2 weeks after microneedling. Make sure to apply sunscreen anytime you go outside in the days following your treatment. Immediately after using the Banisher, apply at least SPF 30 or greater sunscreen to your skin.
  • We recommend a physical based sunscreen for the first day.  Sunscreen should be worn everyday regardless, but it is extra important to protect your healing skin from sun damage during the recovery process.
  • Don’t spend prolonged time out in the sun for the first week after your microneedling procedure, as you’ll be more prone to sun damage than usual. It’s best to avoid intentional and direct sunlight for 24 hours.
  • For in office treatments that are more aggressive, you may use a topical antibiotic cream prescribed by your doctor in order to avoid infection.
  • Wash your hands before touching your face and avoid touching your face a lot for the first 24 hours.
  • We recommend you do not apply makeup for 8 hours after microneeding with the Banisher. In addition, make sure you use freshly washed brushes if you decide to apply makeup. 
  • You’ll also need to avoid swimming pools, saunas, and situations where you might sweat heavily, including intense workouts at the gym, to protect your newly treated skin.  With the Banisher, you can do these activities after 24 hours, but if you have particularly sensitive skin you may want to wait up to 72 hours, it really depends on how your skin takes it and responds.  Signs of sensitivity include skin that easily flushes and turns red, and feelings of itching or stinging.  Longer guidelines may be recommended for in office treatments.
  • Vitamin C serum can be applied afterward as vitamin c is necessary to synthesis collagen, but avoid using very high concentration of vitamin C as it may be irritating.

What to use and avoid after microneedling

Use:

  • Gentle cleanser and tepid water
  • Serum with antioxidants
  • Sunscreen (physical sunscreen is ideal over chemical sunscreen)
  • Gentle, natural ingredients

Avoid

  • Applying makeup
  • Sun exposure or Tanning beds
  • Swimming or any strenuous exercise
  • AHAs, BHA, Retinol and scrubs
  • Highly fragranced skincare 
  • Using a physical brush such as a clarisonic when cleansing

How does microneedling work?

 

Our skin is the largest organ and it provides indispensable protection for us. Skin is divided into two layers, theEpidermis and Dermis.

Microneedling works by encouraging your skin to make more collagen. The idea is that pinpricks from the procedure cause slight injury to the skin and that the skin responds by making new collagen-rich tissue. This new skin tissue is, in turn, more even in tone and texture. It’s normal for the skin to lose collagen via age or injury. By encouraging the skin to make new tissue, there may be more collagen to help make the skin firmer, too.

Traditional cosmetic ingredients are slowly absorbed by the skin; however, it is very difficult to penetrate a certain amount of ingredients through the uppermost layer of skin. Most ingredients will be blocked by the skin barrier.

Microneedling pen versus dermaroller

If ever you’re wondering what’s the difference between microneedling and dermarolling and which is better, here are the details about these two treatments: Both Micro-Pens or stamps and Dermarollers are forms of microneedling used to stimulate the production of new collagen.  Both can also be done either in a clinic or at home yourself. So what’s the difference? The difference is that microneedling uses a device with tiny needles to create controlled micro wounds on the skin through vertical stamping motion while dermarolling uses a mini wheel covered with tiny needles to gently prick the face.

Banish uses a 0.5 mm microneedle which will not reach the dermis layer or cause unnecessary trauma when used as directed but can still help stimulate the formation of collagen and create micro channels for skincare ingredients.

The newBanisher  is a stamping design which is safer,  and causes less irritation. It prevents the risk of "Tram track" scarring which may be caused by rolling microneedles.

Microneedling with longer needles is a professional procedure that’s performed in a board-certified doctor’s office only. In an effort to save money, some people opt for home rollers instead. Unlike professional microneedling, home use ones have a shorter length. 

BENEFITS AND USES OF MICRONEEDLING

There are numerous benefits and uses of microneedling.

Benefits of Microneedling

  • Immediate skin-plumping effect seen
  • Lasting results
  • Almost no risk of skin trauma
  • Rapid recovery 
  • Suitable for all skin tones and types
  • Stimulates formation of collagen

Uses of Microneedling

  • Acne Scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine Lines And Wrinkles
  • Premature Aging
  • Hair Growth
  • Stretch Marks
  • Better Product Absorption

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER MICRONEEDLING?

So you just had your microneedling treatment done, what’s next? Microneedling treatment entails some side effects that could occur.

Here are things you mayexpect after getting your microneedling treatment done during the healing process:

  • Redness of skin
  • Skin may feel drier
  • Peeling or shedding ( for office treatments )
  • Sensitivity to sun
  • Glowing skin
  • Plumper appearance of skin

RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS OF MICRONEEDLING

You may be wondering “Does microneedling have any side effects after all?” The answer is yes.

Several scientific clinical trials have been done and the results proved that microneedling is a safe and effective therapeutic option for the treatment of scars.

However, like all cosmetic procedures, microneedling isn’t without risk. The most common side effect is minor skin irritation immediately following the procedure.

 Possible side effects after microneedling are:

  1. Bleeding

Bleeding is common after microneedling in office. Bleeding doesn't happen with the Banisher 2.0 

  1. Infection

In order to eliminate this complication, sterilize your skin and microneedle tool thoroughly before the treatment and do not share your tool with anyone and replace it regularly.

  1. Itching

 Itching can be common because your skin is healing the microchannels created on your skin and the healing process can feel like an itchy sensation. The itching feeling should go away after a day.

Again, side effects are not common after microneedling. If the needles are 1mm or longer, do not do the treatment by yourself and ask professionals to help. With proper sterilization and standard products, the possibility of experiencing these side effects is less than 0.1%.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MICRONEEDLING

There may be some of the questions that pop into your mind every time you hear about microneedling. And the answer to this can be found below:

Can I  microneedle over active acne?

Make sure you avoid active acne - including blackheads and whiteheads -  do not derma roll or microneedle if you have active acne.  This can cause bacteria to spread.

 Can you use microneedling while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Although Banish products are made from natural ingredients and the ingredients aren't known to cause any issues, it is still recommended to check with your doctor if the products are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding stages. 

Are microneedling results permanent?

Yes, it is to some extent. Given that the skin continues to age starting from age 20, we must continue to take care of skin as maintenance. However, the results are permanent unlike fillers which dissolve over time.  

How long is the downtime?

This procedure is considered a no downtime treatment. You can already apply makeup the next day after using the Banisher but just allow at least 8 hours before doing so.

If you can wait longer, it is best to allow at least 24 hours for the microchannels to close up or for your skin to calm down before applying any makeup or sunscreen.

When To See A Doctor

Though microneedling is considered to be a very low risk procedure, side effects may happen. You should consult your doctor should these symptoms occur after microneedling:

  • Fever over 100.4°F (38°C)
  • Nausea
  • Hives
  • Yellow or green discharge
  • Bleeding lasting over 24 hours
  • Headache

A great microneedling aftercare routine is going to make the biggest difference in your skin. Radiant, glowing skin is the result when you make the commitment to taking care of your skin with this microneedle aftercare regimen and when following all the instructions of your microneedling tool. 

Taking care of your skin after microneedling can make a huge difference in the outcome of your treatment. Not only will proper aftercare give better results, but you’ll also be protecting your skin from damage as it heals and avoid potential slowing of healing.

Results may still vary from skin to skin so it requires patience as well.

References:

"What Is Microneedling?" from The Skinny; https://theraderm.net/more-from-the-skinny/what-is-microneedling.html

"How Much Does Microneedling Boost Product Absorption?" from Cadogan Clinic; https://www.cadoganclinic.com/how-much-does-micro-needling-boost-product-absorption