After Microneedling: When To Include Serums, Devices And Other Skincare Products Back Into Your Routine (2023)

*MaybesaferotateBottom center of this blogfor my latest protocol suggestions and also for the 7 week schedule I mentioned in my YouTube video.

Most of you know that I am a big proponent of microneedling. Microneedling for collagen induction (CIT) has many benefits.Controlled trauma to the skin using microneedling puts the skin into a repair mode, which causes the body to produce new collagen and elastin, making our skin plumper and plumper.resilience. It's not unlike resistance training in a gym: we hurt the muscle, give it fuel to repair it, and it grows in size and quality. It is important that microneedling not only bring all these advantages. How we treat our skin after microneedling can have more of an impact on our results than the microneedling itself!

If you think about it, it makes sense.Our body's ability to repair itself is completely dependent on the resources available.We must ask ourselves:

  1. Have we kept our wounds clean so that there are no infections that can endanger us or consume resources to build new cells?

  2. do we feed?internallySo does our body have the "raw materials" to build collagen and elastin?

  3. We have been feeding ourselves externally so our bodies have the resources to handle it (remember the skin absorbs 60-70% of what we put on it, quality is VERY important)

  4. Have we considered whether our other skin care "interventions" are helping or hurting us as we heal?

Below you will find a guide and some frequently asked questions. Remember, you've just inflicted thousands of tiny micro-injuries on your skin; now is the time to step in and establish a careful protocol for supplementation and internal and external healing. BecauseThe way we treat our skin in the days after a treatment dramatically affects the level of rejuvenation we experience.

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So you've had over 0.5mm microneedling for collagen (your monthly needling session) and you're wondering what to pack, what to put on your skin, and what other devices to use for the next month. let's get over this!

Day 0 (the big day of collagen induction!)

The day you fix it, it's all about simplicity. as Dr. Lance Setterfield the author ofThe small skin needling guidedice,"Keep it safe, keep it simple". If you want to see me needle, you can check mineMicroneedling Protocol for Collagen. Once the needling is complete, the skin will feel hot, look sunburned, and may show signs of localized bleeding. It's okay to jump into the shower and let the warm water wash over your skin for 10-20 minutes while the hyaluronic acid massages and dries the fluids from your face. If you prefer to rinse your skin in the sink, that's fine (I prefer the shower option). Wash your hands well beforehand and gently massage the skin with lukewarm water only. This rinse is optional (it's okay to leave the HA on the skin, it may not be comfortable).

When it comes to diet, Dr. Setterfield (and I totally agree) that we should take oral supplements with nutrients that provide the building blocks for collagen and elastin formation; liposomal vitamin C, omega 3, vitamins A, E and calcium (I take it in the form of a multivitamin). Dr. Setterfield recommends using them consistently throughout the collagen induction cycle.

Next step: red light! LED is the perfect combination with microneedling. Red LED can reduce erythema (redness) and inflammation. The red LED (633nm) enhances keratinocyte proliferation (wooohooo fresh skin!) and the near-infrared LED (700-830) increases collagen and elastin formation (yes! Stronger, more elastic skin!). actuallytouch your skin(risk of cross contamination) and you're doneclean before useif you accidentally touch your skin.

After the LED, you can add hyaluronic acid. So keep calm: don't wear makeup, perfume or other products near your face please!You should also avoid the gym, sauna, and direct sunlight for at least the first 24 hours after your microneedling treatment.

Days 1-5 (feeling a little flushed and dehydrated?)

You wake up the next day and rinse your skin (it's okay to wash it, if you feel the urge, just use averymild facial cleanser) and then apply green tea. This can come in the form of a serum/toner (make sure it doesn't contain alcohol or other harsh ingredients!). Green tea is a calming antioxidant that is perfect for dehydrated skin.

Next, I like to apply vitamin C and then a face oil that is high in linoleic acid to soothe and nourish the skin. This is where most people will benefit from a moisturizer with ingredients like ceramides, shea butter, and squalane. You'll finish up with a good amount of sunscreen, and you'll be good to go in the morning. This is repeated every morning for the first 5 days.

To summarize skin care in the morning for the first five days:

  1. green tea

  2. Vitamin C

  3. Kiwi seed oil or other oil rich in linoleic acid:This VIDEO explains EVERYTHING about oils!

  4. Moisturizing cream with ceramides, shea butter and squalane

  5. FPS!

Night care for the first 5 days, my protocol (which you can adjust according to your preferences) is as follows:

  1. Clean

  2. green tea tonic

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  3. growth factor

  4. choice of oil

  5. gentle moisturizer

  6. That's all!!

Remember, the first 5 days are all about nourishing and replenishing your skin and helping it heal. You may very well experience flaking and dryness down the road; this is perfectly normal. Around the fifth day, you can use a gentle enzyme peel to get rid of dandruff. Smooth is the keyword here. Vitamin A can also be reintroduced around day 5, depending on tolerability and the form of vitamin A. While this topical vitamin is necessary and very good for post-needling skin, it can also be very irritating, which is not something we want. do after puncture. Be careful with vitamin A.

Days 6-14 (feels "normal" again, but there's a lot going on below the surface)

Once you enter the fibroplastic phase (days 6-14), your routine may remain the same, but you have more options to add other skin care products to help build new tissue. Growth factors and copper peptides are fantastic ingredients at this point, as the wounds begin to produce new tissue. Beware of irritation and pay attention to the healing process. Use the attached chart to see what other ingredients to add and what other modalities to reintroduce into your routine. Also consult the TABLE OF INGREDIENTS TO AVOID to make sure you continue to let your skin repair itself and not respond to aggression.

Days 15-28 (time forpatience)

Two weeks after your microneedling session, you'll feel like you're in the distant past. But don't be fooled! Her skin is still undergoing profound changes that, if stopped, could thwart your collagen induction efforts! This is the time to be patient. Day 15 is the beginning of the last phase: the maturation phase: you will find that your selection of ideal ingredients expands again and you have a lot of flexibility in choosing your skin care.

Below are some options for microneedle protocols. Be sure to print my "7 Week Calendar" and use it with your protocol of choice!

remember that tooTAKE PICTURES!The results are often subtle (it's just reality) and we need to be able to compare them to see them.

Schedule Tip 1: Slow and steady microneedling +

- Month 1-6, collagen induction microneedling once a month

- Month 7-9, do a series of monthly TCA peels or IPL like Faustina

- Month 10-12, return to microneedling or apply another modality such as radiofrequency

Timeline Tip 2: Microneedling + PeelingAlternatively, you can use PEELS to choose a schedule similar to this:

Use microneedling, wait 2+ weeks before exfoliating, then wait AT LEAST 3 more weeks to reneedle. In this scenario, I would recommend leaving other modalities for another time. It is still important to follow the microneedling chart above for topics and supplements, but effectively we have extended the timeline for microneedling.

Schedule Tip 3: Microneedling + multiple devices (detailed below)

This is a schedule that I created that accommodates multiple modalities in one protocol. I modified (stretched) the microneedling program to allow the use of other devices.Be sure to check out the 7-week calendar for help with planning!You can also print my copy AND a space to help you developyou planand fulfill it.

Please watch my video on this specific protocol and stay tuned as I create even more protocols with different modalities. This protocol uses medical microneedles, laser (in my case Nira), LED, radiofrequency (in my case NEWA) and microcurrent.

MeinMicroneedling + multiple devicesThe schedule looks like this:

Brand 1 **Take picturesand then medical needle wherever you wantexcept around the eyes.Around the eyes, we use the Nira Laser in the same session as the needle (be careful not to overlap the needle and laser areas).publish immediatelyWe use our LED. We use hyaluronic acid on the first day. See all the serums and products to use in the days after your puncture (above) and add them to your calendar if it helps you stay organized!

in the next dayWe'll add microcurrent and make sure your chosen device is sparkling clean. So, days 2 through 9 look like this in this order:

1. Clean

2. Nira Laser around the eyes (every day)

2. Green tea, then LED (3-5 days a week)

3. Microcurrent (3-5 days a week and Noaround the eyes where we use the laser)

So some days you ONLY do the Nira Laser. 3-5 days a week, you do all three together, in that order.

4. Follow all the skin care products listed above for days (so take care of your skin mainly after using your devices. The exception is green tea in front of LED. After you finish with microcurrent, you can wash your face (if using conductive gel, use what you want) to wash) and continue with your skincare routine. I often use my devices and then wash and do my skincare routine from scratch.

on the 10thWe add radio frequency! I use the NEWA RF device. There are a few ways to do this: If you are just getting started with RF,you want to do5 days a week. Be sure to put it on your calendar.

***Repeat: If you are already using RF (i.e. you have been doing NEWA 5 days a week for at least 4-8 weeks before starting this protocol), just decide between 3, 4 and 5 days a week on day 10 of this protocol. . If you areJust startingNEWA You should 'run' 5 days a week for 4-8 weeks at this point (from day 10) before going down to fewer days a week. Nira Laser continues every day.

Here is the order of the devices Day 10+ (until we click again)

1. Nira laser around the eyes (every day)

2. LED (3-5 days a week)

3. Radiofrequency (3-5 days a week)

4. Microcurrent (3-5 days a week)

Again... you can do this 3, 4 or 5 days a week and it doesn't have to be the same days each week.Do what works for your life and what stays with you and what you can do!Remember to use the calendar!print 3: my sample calendar, a hole that you fill in advance(flat) and thenA 3. Copy paragraphRegister your treatments.This helps with accountability and makes a great "journal" too!

On this calendar, you'll see a place to write the months (top right corner) and days (the pink squares) and take notes at the end of each week. I'll be making a protocol for other modalities soon, but in the meantime, feel free to use this calendar (print a blank) to your heart's content (ifSharePlease leave my logo intact and credit my website/blog).

Note that I abbreviated "nira laser" to laser and RF is high frequency (NEWA to me).

MeinMicroneedling + multiple devices EXAMPLEProtocol:

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Here is the list of things I recommend you do.even before decidingzu Microneedle.

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I really hope this helps!

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frequent questions

What is the microneedling protocol to increase collagen in my skin?

I recommend you watch my video onMicroneedling for collagen induction.

Is it better to use a dermal roller or a microneedling pen?

I prefer a pencil as it allows you to define different depths in different areas of the face. For example, you should use a shallower depth around the eyes and on the forehead and a deeper depth on the cheeks.

How deep should I use a needle at home?

I recommend that people use home medical needles with needles no larger than 0.5mm to 1mm depending on the area. Less is more!

Is there any advantage to having a dermatologist or esthetician perform microneedling?

Of course, trained professionals can safely go deep to treat deeper wrinkles, age spots, and scars. You will also have access to special powerful red LEDs and preparations of growth factors and other ingredients to aid healing.

What about needles to help with scars?

In my opinion, needling to reduce scarring requires the support of a doctor.

Are there any contraindications for microneedling?

Yes, see the list below.

It is important to consult your doctor before beginning any collagen induction microneedling class. There are several situations/conditions that may be contraindicated which are listed below. This list is not exhaustive, please do your own research to ensure you are a good candidate. Please don't risk it.

Possible contraindications for medical microneedling for collagen induction:

  • Presence of skin cancer, warts, solar keratosis or skin infections.

  • Do not operate the device during chemotherapy, high-dose corticosteroids, or radiation therapy.

  • anticoagulant therapy.

  • Active outbreak of acne or herpes.

  • Aspirin must be stopped 3 days before the procedure.

  • Allergy to local anesthetics.

  • Uncontrolled diabetes.

  • Strong tendency to form keloid scars.

  • the pregnancy

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After Microneedling: When To Include Serums, Devices And Other Skincare Products Back Into Your Routine? ›

Retinol and vitamin C serum should be avoided for at least the first 48 hours after microneedling. Once 2 full days have passed, you might want to gradually add products back into your daily beauty routine instead of doing your usual regimen, especially if you use products that have strong anti-aging formulas.

When can I go back to my skincare routine after microneedling? ›

Continue to treat the skin gently for three days after microneedling, and you may resume your normal skincare routine after day three post-treatment.

When can I use active ingredients after microneedling? ›

Hyaluronic acid serums should be used post-microneedling. Use this from days 1 to 14 after microneedling to hydrate and replenish the skin. After 1 to 4 days, you can apply hyaluronic acid, toners, or moisturisers with a base of green tea extract, Vitamin E, kiwi oil, and linseed oil to the skin.

What are the protocols after microneedling? ›

Post-Treatment Instructions
  • Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications for one week after the procedure.
  • Do not use ice on your face, and avoid using arnica/bromelain. ...
  • Avoid sun tanning and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight for at least 2 weeks. ...
  • Use a painkiller, such as Tylenol, if you experience any soreness.
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How often to put hyaluronic acid after microneedling? ›

We recommend our Hyaluronic Acid Serum or Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar, available for purchase. It is important to apply every 3 hours for the first 24 hours after the microneedling. These can also be continued twice a day for the first week.

How long after microneedling can I use serum? ›

Retinol and vitamin C serum should be avoided for at least the first 48 hours after microneedling. Once 2 full days have passed, you might want to gradually add products back into your daily beauty routine instead of doing your usual regimen, especially if you use products that have strong anti-aging formulas.

What serum is best after microneedling? ›

When it comes to what to put on skin after microneedling immediately, hyaluronic acid is the best choice. The hyaluronic acid serum is universally beneficial for all skin types. It's a component of the connective tissue in your body, and since our body produces it, it's unlikely this ingredient will cause any reaction.

How do you maximize microneedling results? ›

How to Supercharge Microneedling Results
  1. Exfoliate several days before microneedling (just remember to never try exfoliating the night before you're planning to have skin needling!). ...
  2. Microneedling makes your skin more sensitive to sun damage. ...
  3. Keep your skin well hydrated and nourished following microneedling.
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Can I use Vitamin C serum after microneedling? ›

Because of the minute traumas to the skin, you will want to avoid certain products immediately after a microneedling session. A vitamin C serum is one such product you won't want to use for 2-3 days following your microneedling treatment.

When can I use my cleanser after microneedling? ›

As far as washing your face after microneedling goes, you should only use lukewarm water for the first 48 hours. On days two and three, it's safe to cleanse with a gentle, non-exfoliating face wash. Make sure to apply the product using light, circular hand motions, and don't use a facial cleansing brush.

Can you apply products after microneedling? ›

Should I Moisturize After Microneedling? Yes, and it is a must. It is advised that you apply moisturizer on the treated area, particularly from days 2 to 4 after your session. This is because, during this time, your skin will experience more moisture loss, which is caused by the micro-injury of the treatment.

What is the best hyaluronic acid after microneedling? ›

10 Best Hyaluronic Acid Serum For Microneedling
  • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5.
  • Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster.
  • ONE THING Hyaluronic Acid Complex.
  • Cosmedica Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
  • COSRX Hydrium Triple Hyaluronic Moisture Ampoule.
  • Cerave Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
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Can I use aquaphor after microneedling? ›

Dr. Ramanadham says a rich, hydrating ointment like Aquaphor can be used in the first few days to provide a protective barrier on skin to help aid the healing process.

How long to wait between hyaluronic acid serum and moisturizer? ›

Goldenberg's go-to recommendation for timing between serums and moisturizers is about one minute. This wait has the same reasoning: Sixty seconds — give or take — gives each product a moment to delve into your pores.

What time of day should I apply hyaluronic acid serum? ›

When should I use hyaluronic acid? While some skincare ingredients, like retinol, are best used at night and others, like vitamin C, work their magic in the daytime, hyaluronic acid can be used both morning and night. “I recommend use of an HA serum up to twice daily, depending on your skin's needs,” says Abdulla.

How long should I wait to apply Moisturiser after hyaluronic acid? ›

The ideal wait time is 5-10 minutes depending on how soon the product is absorbed.

Do you put serums on before or after microneedling? ›

Make sure the microneedling tool is thoroughly sterilized before you use it, and skin is cleansed. Apply your chosen serum before use, then apply the derma-roller or derma-stamp with gentle and even pressure.

How long does it take for collagen to rebuild after microneedling? ›

This triggers your body's wound healing processes to heal your micro wounds immediately. However, the most dramatic results will not be visible until four to six weeks after treatment. It takes roughly this long for your body to create new, strong, healthy collagen.

How long after microneedling can I wear Moisturiser? ›

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.

Do you put serum on before or after moisturizer? ›

A moisturizer, however, affects the surface layer of the skin, creating a protective barrier. As such, a serum should always be applied before a moisturizer to allow the key ingredients to deeply hydrate and nourish. The moisturizer then works to lock those ingredients in.

How often should you microneedle your face? ›

In order to see results, you should get at least 3–4 microneedling treatments that are spaced out every 4–6 weeks. Due to the nature of the treatment, your skin needs ample time to heal between treatments. For the average person, that will be around the one month mark.

What face mask is best after microneedling? ›

Innoaesthetics Revitalise Masks are a highly effective and convenient solution for microneedling aftercare. These masks are made of high-quality materials that are gentle on the skin and provide a cooling and soothing effect after microneedling procedures.

How do I know if my microneedling is working? ›

Expect optimal results after about 4-6 weeks. That's roughly the amount of time that it takes for collagen to develop fully. It also takes about a month for the skin cells to turn over entirely, from start to finish. While you may be looking for immediate results, microneedling results are well worth the wait.

What is the best pattern for microneedling? ›

The recommended pattern to move the pen for best results is vertical, horizontal, and then diagonal in both directions. Using a light pressure and without dragging, repeat this motion over each area two times. Use your free hand to hold the skin taught.

Why am I not seeing results with microneedling? ›

The reason for this is that the treatment stimulates our wound healing response to make new collagen in the skin. The new skin cells take approximately one month to come up to the surface.

What is the best moisturizer to use after microneedling? ›

The best moisturizer to use after microneedling is Hyaluronic Acid. It's recommended that you use either pure hyaluronic acid or products that contain hyaluronic acid as your moisturizer. If using other products with hyaluronic acid, remember to choose the ones that are also: fragrance-free.

What can you combine with microneedling? ›

Combining chemical peels and microneedling enhances your skin inside and out. We recommend that you have a chemical peel first to exfoliate the top layers of your skin. Then, 4-6 weeks later, you start your microneedling treatments to boost collagen production in the deeper layers of your skin.

Why no retinol after microneedling? ›

The use of retinol serums after microneedling will exasperate the side effects of dryness, inflammation and photo sensitivity caused by the microneedling. As both dermarollers and retinol share these side effects their use together can elongate the recovery times and is not recommended.

Do you double cleanse when microneedling? ›

How do I microneedle at home? First off, double cleanse. Double cleansing is super important in the evening, especially when you are about to apply a treatment. By doing this, you make sure you're removing all the makeup, dirt and oils from the day and this will allow your treatment to penetrate more effectively.

Can I drink coffee after microneedling? ›

Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking for 3 days after treatment. Smoking impairs healing, new hair and skin growth, and results may take longer. Continue increased water intake the first week after your treatment.

How do you wash your face after microneedle? ›

How Soon Should I Wash My Face After Microneedling? You can rinse your face with lukewarm water 8 hours after your treatment. However, do not apply anything to your skin within 24 hours. You can begin to use a gentle, non-exfoliating cleanser when washing your face 24 hours post-treatment.

Can you use hyaluronic acid while microneedling? ›

Hyaluronic acid can be used as an ingredient in microneedling to add moisture and lubrication back into your skin. Microneedling with hyaluronic acid can fill and plump areas with sagging skin, and repair minor skin irregularities that may be contributing to an older-looking appearance.

How do you prevent hyperpigmentation after microneedling? ›

To treat hyperpigmentation after microneedling has been done in order to reduce its appearance, protection from the sun is critical. You should make sure to wear an SPF that is at least 30, with broad spectrum protection and zinc oxide as its main active ingredient.

What is the downtime for microneedling? ›

Microneedling Recovery Time. Healing from microneedling usually takes a mere 24 hours. However, it may take up to two to three days depending on the extent of the treatment. You can are free to return to work or school immediately after treatment and wear makeup 24 hours after your treatment.

What kind of moisturizer should I use after hyaluronic acid? ›

Hydrating ingredients: Hyaluronic acid works well with other moisturizing ingredients like ceramides, vitamin E and aloe that offset any dryness or irritation that can come from using harsher ingredients like retinol.

Can I use Neutrogena Hydro Boost after microneedling? ›

As part of your skincare routine, hyaluronic acid-containing products can be used daily, ideally after cleansing. Additionally, HA can be a wonderful post-treatment application for those who have microneedling procedures done. For best results, choose a safe and gentle hydrating gel in the 48 hours after the procedure.

What should you put on your face after hyaluronic acid? ›

Using a moisturizer is an essential step after applying hyaluronic acid. The moisturizer will help seal hydration into the skin and help hyaluronic acid absorb correctly if the air around you is dry.

What can I moisturize my face with after microneedling? ›

Depending on your needs, products that may be recommended following microneedling include:
  • Antioxidant serums.
  • Hydrating moisturizers.
  • Hyaluronic acid creams.
  • Collagen peptides.

Does microneedling tighten skin? ›

Microneedling is a popular beauty trend, creating smooth, glowing skin without the pain or downtime of more aggressive procedures. Adding radiofrequency to this popular treatment enhances its ability to tighten and firm lax skin, reduce wrinkles, and improve skin texture.

How do you remove dead skin after microneedling? ›

It is important to stay hydrated before and after the procedure to help the skin heal and rejuvenate faster. Gently exfoliate the skin after 3-5 days to remove the flaky dead skin that commonly forms after treatments. Oral supplements can help benefit the skin and improve the result of treatment.

Do you put hyaluronic acid serum under or over moisturizer? ›

The way you want to use hyaluronic acid in a skincare routine is to start by cleansing your face with a nice simple cleanser. And then, with slightly damp skin or even slightly wet skin, apply the hyaluronic acid serum to your face followed by a moisturizer and sunscreen (during the day).

How long do you leave serum on before moisturizer? ›

Wait, then Moisturize Serums are not moisturizers.

To allow serums to fully absorb, apply and wait 5 minutes before moisturizing. Take note: Well-formulated serums absorb quickly and disappear into your skin. If they leave an oily or sticky residue, they're not doing their job well.

What not to mix with hyaluronic acid? ›

“Hyaluronic acid plays well with most ingredients, while caution must be taken when using retinol in combination with alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide, and some types of vitamin C.” Linkner echoes the tip about avoiding vitamin C.

Do you put night serum before or after hyaluronic acid? ›

Hyaluronic acid should be the first serum you apply: To lock in that hydration, hyaluronic acid serums should be the first serum you apply in your skincare routine. Retinol should be applied to dry skin at night-time: Retinols should always be applied to dry skin as part of your night-time routine.

Which comes first hyaluronic acid or vitamin C? ›

In order to get the most out of these two ingredients, it's important to apply them in the correct order. Vitamin C is sensitive to air, water, and light, so you want to apply it to clean, dry skin before using hyaluronic acid. Let it completely dry before moving on to the next product.

How do you layer hyaluronic acid with other serums? ›

Hyaluronic acid should be layered before retinol in case of dry or sensitive skin, as it helps create a barrier between retinol and your skin, offsetting irritation. Must-mention: let your hyaluronic acid serum dry before following with retinol as, if applied to damp skin, there's a higher risk of redness and dryness.

What happens if you don't use moisturizer after hyaluronic acid? ›

Mistake 1: Using Hyaluronic Acid Without Moisturizer

If the skin is already dry and HA is applied in a formula that doesn't add moisture (think cleanser, toner, or light serum), it will pull moisture from wherever it can, like from deep within your skin, where it can then evaporate into the air if not sealed properly.

How long to wait between each skincare step? ›

Around 30 secs to 1 min is a sufficient gap between layers in the skincare step. The exception is post serum / spot treatment and retinol. You should allow 3 – 5 mins before applying the next layer to allow surface skin penetration. Apply sunscreen only after there are no traces of moisturiser on the face.

Can you put too much hyaluronic acid on your face? ›

Using too much hyaluronic acid can lead to an imbalance in your skin's moisture levels and cause breakouts. Start with small amounts and gradually increase to find what works best for your skin.

When can I use my regular moisturizer after microneedling? ›

Applying moisturizer is particularly crucial after microneedling, especially from day two to four, when the skin tends to experience trans-epidermal moisture loss. Due to the micro-injury caused by the treatment, water can temporarily pass more easily from the dermis through the epidermis and evaporate.

When should I cleanse my face after microneedling? ›

Light peeling usually occurs in about three days and will be replaced with brand new skin. -You may wash with a gentle cleanser later today using your fingers only (we recommend Cerave). Gently massage the face with lukewarm water.

How long after microneedling will I see improvement? ›

Microneedling when to see results? The initial skin tightening and pore reduction can be seen immediately after treatment. However, you won't see your final microneedling results until four to six weeks after your anti-aging treatment.

Can I use vitamin C serum after microneedling? ›

Because of the minute traumas to the skin, you will want to avoid certain products immediately after a microneedling session. A vitamin C serum is one such product you won't want to use for 2-3 days following your microneedling treatment.

Can I use CeraVe moisturizer after microneedling? ›

Can I use Cerave after Microneedling? CeraVe products should be avoided until after the first-day post treatment. CeraVe has some great moisturizers and hyaluronic acid products to use after the first 24 hours.

Can I use hyaluronic acid after microneedling? ›

Hyaluronic acid also works with skin repair after microneedling, since the natural ingredients found in most HA products can promote faster wound healing and skin regrowth.

How long does microneedling take to tighten skin? ›

After treatment, your skin produces its own collagen to keep itself tight, young, and healthy. Therefore, it will take roughly four to six weeks after your first treatment session to notice drastically tightened skin. You will notice an immediate initial tightening.


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