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Microneedling: What To Avoid Before & After?

When it comes to achieving youthful and glowing skin, many people turn to microneedling, a popular skincare treatment that has taken the beauty world by storm. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a non-invasive procedure that involves using tiny, fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries on the skin's surface. These micro-injuries stimulate the body's natural healing process, leading to a host of incredible benefits. However, we have been asked very often by our patients what to do before and after the procedure, and it is essential to be aware of it to ensure optimal results and a smooth recovery. Keep reading to learn more!


What to Avoid Before Microneedling

Sun Exposure: Excessive sun exposure before the treatment can make your skin more sensitive, increasing the risk of irritation and complications during the procedure. Avoid tanning beds and prolonged sun exposure for at least a week before your scheduled session.
Skin Sensitizing Products: Refrain from using retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) for about a week prior to microneedling. These products can sensitize the skin and cause excessive irritation during the treatment.
Active Acne: If you have an active acne breakout, it's best to postpone microneedling until your skin has cleared up. Treating acne-prone skin with microneedling may exacerbate the condition.
Open Wounds or Cuts: Avoid microneedling over areas with open wounds, cuts, or infections. It's crucial to wait until your skin has healed completely before undergoing the procedure.
Blood-Thinning Medications: Consult with your healthcare professional if you are taking blood-thinning medications. They may advise temporarily stopping these medications before microneedling to prevent excessive bleeding.


What to Avoid After Microneedling

Direct Sunlight: Protect your skin from direct sunlight for at least a week post-treatment. Microneedling can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun, and unprotected exposure may lead to hyperpigmentation.
Makeup and Skincare Products: Avoid applying makeup and most skincare products for the first 24-48 hours after microneedling. Your skin's barrier is temporarily compromised, and using products with potential irritants may cause adverse reactions.
Hot Water and Saunas: Steer clear of hot baths, showers, saunas, and steam rooms for a few days after microneedling. Heat can further irritate your skin and delay the healing process.
Touching or Picking at Your Skin: Resist the temptation to touch, scratch, or pick at your treated skin. Let the body's natural healing process take its course to avoid infection and scarring.
Intense Physical Activities: Avoid strenuous workouts and activities that cause excessive sweating for at least 24-48 hours post-treatment. Sweat can irritate the treated skin and increase the risk of infection.

Are all these before and after cares worth it? Reading the following benefits will respond to that question.

1. Stimulates Collagen Production: Microneedling triggers the production of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins responsible for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness. As we age, our natural collagen production decreases, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. Microneedling helps reverse this process, resulting in a smoother and more youthful complexion.
2. Reduces Scarring: Whether you have acne scars, surgical scars, or stretch marks, microneedling can significantly improve their appearance. The treatment breaks down scar tissue and stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells, leading to a reduction in scar visibility.
3. Diminishes Fine Lines and Wrinkles: As microneedling boosts collagen and elastin, it plumps the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Over time, regular microneedling sessions can contribute to a more youthful and radiant complexion.
4. Improves Skin Texture: If you have rough or uneven skin texture, microneedling can help. The procedure smoothens the skin's surface, giving it a more refined and polished look.
5. Enhances Skincare Product Absorption: Microneedling creates microchannels in the skin, allowing topical skincare products to penetrate deeper. This means that your serums and moisturizers become more effective as they can reach the deeper layers of your skin.
6. Minimizes Pore Size: Enlarged pores can be a common concern, but microneedling can help tighten and minimize their appearance, leading to a smoother complexion.
7. Reduces Hyperpigmentation: Microneedling can aid in reducing hyperpigmentation and sunspots, giving your skin a more even and balanced tone.
8. Non-Invasive and Minimal Downtime: Unlike some other skin treatments, microneedling is non-invasive and requires minimal downtime. This means you can get back to your regular activities relatively quickly, with only slight redness and mild sensitivity in the treated areas.
9. Suitable for All Skin Types: Microneedling is safe and effective for all skin types and colors. Unlike some laser treatments, there is a lower risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in patients with darker skin tones.
10. Long-Lasting Results: With a series of microneedling sessions spaced a few weeks apart, you can enjoy long-lasting results. Consistency is key, and regular maintenance treatments can help sustain the benefits.


Microneedling is a game-changer in the realm of skincare. If you want to experience the incredible benefits yourself, Yaletown Wellness Center is the best place to go!

You can book with Aesthetician or with Acupuncturist, however, by booking Microneedling with an acupuncturist you are able to use your extended health benefits and you can be fully or partially covered!

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