Skin needling, which is also called Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), it’s a treatment that involves deploying tiny needling into the epidermis. The goal is to improve the skin’s appearance and stimulate collagen. Both men and women all over the world have been turning to Skin Needling as their go-to solution for addressing common complexion issues. These include acne scars, stretch marks, enlarged pores and the visible signs of aging (wrinkles, pigment and skin laxity).
Skin Needling has garnered much acclaim and popularity as of late. It’s currently touted as the top skin-smoothing procedure because it’s pleasantly mild and the downtime is minimal. After applying a topical numbing cream most people experience little more than a scratching sensation during Skin Needling.
Although you will be able to resume most of your daily activities after Skin Needling, your skincare routine will need to be modified for approximately one week. Here’s what you need to know.
Immediately Post Treatment: Skin Needling Aftercare
Your skin will have a sunburned appearance and may feel tender for several hours after your Skin Needling session. This is perfectly normal and should subside by the following day. After Skin Needling, your technician will apply a protective gel over the treated area. You’ll be sent home with some of the same gel as part of your Skin Needling aftercare routine. If you experience any dryness or discomfort, feel free to reapply the gel throughout the day as necessary.
It’s important to follow your Skin Needling Aftercare exactly on the day of your procedure. That’s because the microscopic puncture wounds from Skin Needling are still open and your skin is vulnerable to developing an irritation or infection. Therefore, careful precautions must be taken to prevent any complications.
Here are some important Skin Needling Aftercare instructions to remember:
- Avoid touching your skin after as this can introduce dirt, bacteria or other contaminants to your skin.
- There’s no need to cleanse your skin or use any cosmetic products until the following day.
- Discontinue using active ingredients, including retinols, skin-peeling agents and skin-lighteners.
- Do not exercise or participate in strenuous activity post Skin Needling for the first 72 hours.
- Make sure to stay out of direct sunlight for 72 hours as well as other sources of intense heat such as sauna, steam room or tanning beds.
- Do not use any electric brushes like Clarisonic for at least one week after Skin Needling.
1-3 Days After Skin Needling: What to Expect
When you wake up the following day your skin may feel a little rough and dry, like sandpaper. You may experience some mild peeling in the next couple of days post Skin Needling. During this time your Skin Needling Aftercare will consist of cleansing your skin every morning and evening, followed by a gentle moisturiser. You can also continue using the gel provided to you by the clinic for additional hydration and protection. You should continue staying away from harsh skincare products. These can irritate your skin and hamper the healing process.
After 72 hours have passed and you plan on spending time outside, make sure to be diligent about applying sun protection products. Full-spectrum non-chemical sunblock is your best option. At this time you can also wear makeup to conceal any residual redness after Skin Needling.
One Week and Beyond: Post Skin Needling Aftercare
By now the micro injuries from your Skin Needling session should have completely healed. Your dermal structure, however, is still undergoing significant changes on a cellular level. New, healthier skin cells are being formed and collagen remodeling is underway. This is the perfect time to introduce medical-grade skincare products to support skin healing and regeneration.
We recommend purchasing some of the following products in advance to have on hand one week after Skin Needling:
Vitamin C Antioxidant
Pharmaceutical-grade Vitamin C is designed to penetrate deep into your skin and provide antioxidant protection. It also helps to stimulate collagen and brightens areas of hyperpigmentation. As your skin is healing post Skin Needling, Vitamin C can help your body produce healthier, more robust skin cells.
In chemistry, peptides are short chains of amino acids linked by peptide bonds. They’re also the building block of protein. While collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin barrier, peptides are tiny enough to get the job done. When applied topically peptides traverse the skin’s dermal layers (to where your body produces new skin cells) and ‘signal’ the skin to repair itself. Peptides can also help stimulate collagen production after your Skin Needling procedure.
A few days after your Skin Needling treatment your skin may feel drier than usual. A good hydrating serum which contains water-binding molecules can help your skin retain moisture. Additionally, using a hydrating serum throughout your recovery period can help restore and boost your skin’s moisture levels in the long term.
If you’re not sure which products are right for you, your technician will be happy to recommend a specific product or system to assist with your Skin Needling Aftercare. Call us today at (08) 9025 3218.