Fall and Winter is the perfect time to give your skin a much-needed boost with microneedling. Why? Because there is less sun exposure in the Fall & Winter, and too much sun exposure after microneedling can cause unwanted side effects. Microneedling has gained tremendous popularity in recent years, and for good reason: it stimulates collagen production, improves skin texture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But too much sun exposure after a treatment can cause unwanted side effects. That means Fall & Winter, with fewer hours of sunlight, is the best time for scheduling your treatment. The Fall season also brings changing weather and cooler temperatures, which causes our skin to become dry and dull. Microneedling during the Fall time can effectively address these concerns by promoting the production of new cells and enhancing the absorption of skincare products. Whether you’re dealing with acne scars, sun damage, or simply want to achieve a more radiant complexion, microneedling can help you achieve your skincare goals.

Understanding how microneedling works

Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves using a handheld device equipped with tiny needles that create controlled micro-injuries on the skin’s surface. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing response, triggering the production of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins for maintaining youthful and healthy-looking skin. To read more in-depth about how microneedling works, check out these, and these blogs!


Benefits of microneedling for skin rejuvenation

Microneedling offers a wide range of benefits for skin rejuvenation. Here are some of the key advantages of this treatment:

  1. Stimulates collagen production: Collagen is the main structural protein in the skin, responsible for its strength and elasticity. As we age, collagen production naturally decreases, which contributes to thin, crepey skin, and fine lines. Microneedling stimulates the production of new collagen, restoring firmness and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. Improves skin texture: Microneedling can significantly improve the texture of your skin. The micro-injuries created during the treatment trigger the body’s natural healing process, promoting the growth of new cells. This leads to smoother, more even-toned skin.
  3. Reduces hyperpigmentation: Microneedling can help fade dark spots and sun damage by promoting cell turnover and the production of new, healthy skin cells. Over time, you’ll notice a more balanced and radiant complexion.
  4. Enhances skincare product absorption: The microchannels created by microneedling allow skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin, increasing their effectiveness. This means that your favorite serums, moisturizers, and other skincare products will be better absorbed and able to deliver their nourishing ingredients directly to the areas that need them the most.
  5. Minimally invasive and safe: Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t require any downtime. It is considered safe for most skin types and can be customized to address specific concerns. However, it’s important to consult with a qualified skincare professional to determine if microneedling is suitable for you.


Preparing for a microneedling treatment

Before undergoing a microneedling treatment, it’s important to properly prepare your skin to ensure optimal results and minimize the risk of complications. Here are some essential steps to follow:

  1. Avoid excessive sun exposure: Protect your skin from excessive sun exposure before your scheduled microneedling session. Sunburned or tanned skin is more prone to complications during the treatment. If you need to be outdoors, make sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF and seek shade whenever possible. This is why Fall & Winter is a great time to schedule your sessions!
  2. Discontinue use of certain skincare products: Some skincare products, such as retinoids and exfoliants, can increase skin sensitivity and make you more prone to irritation. It’s important to stop using these products at least one week before your treatment.
  3. Follow any additional pre-treatment instructions: Depending on your specific needs, your skincare professional may provide you with additional pre-treatment instructions. This could include avoiding certain medications or supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding or bruising, or using specific skincare products to prepare your skin for the procedure.


What to expect during a microneedling session

Microneedling is a relatively simple and straightforward procedure. Here’s what you can expect during a typical microneedling session:

  1. Cleansing and numbing: Before the treatment begins, your provider will cleanse your skin to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup, and apply a topical numbing cream to minimize discomfort during the procedure. This cream takes 15 minutes to take effect.
  2. The Microneedling treatment: Once your skin is cleansed, your provider will glide the microneedling device over the treatment area. The device is moved in a vertical, horizontal, and diagonal pattern to ensure even coverage. The length of the needles and the depth of the treatment will depend on your skin’s condition and the goals of the treatment. The microneedling portion of the treatment only takes 15 minutes.
  3. Serum application: During the microneedling treatment, a hyaluronic acid serum is applied to your skin. This helps the device glide smoothly over the skin, and is also very hydrating to the skin.
  4. Collagen Face Mask: Immediately after the treatment, your provider will apply a cooling & nourishing collagen face mask for 15 minutes. Since the skin has just been punctured a million times, now is the best time for nutrient and product absorption!
  5. Post-treatment instructions: Your provider will give you detailed post-treatment instructions to ensure proper healing and maximize the results of your microneedling treatment. These instructions may include avoiding certain skincare products, wearing sunscreen, and avoiding excessive sun exposure for a specified period of time.

While microneedling is generally well-tolerated, you may experience some mild redness, swelling, and sensitivity immediately following the treatment. These side effects are temporary and should subside within a few hours to a few days, depending on the depth of the treatment. It’s important to follow your skincare professional’s post-treatment instructions to minimize the risk of complications and promote optimal healing.


Post-treatment care and recovery tips

Proper post-treatment care is essential to ensure a smooth recovery and maximize the results of your microneedling treatment. Here are some tips to help you take care of your skin after a microneedling session:

  1. Keep your skin clean: It’s important to keep your skin clean after microneedling to prevent infection and promote healing. Keep hair off the face, don’t touch your face! Be wary of wearing hats or glasses afterwards. You may use a gentle cleanser to wash your face, but avoid harsh scrubbing or exfoliation for several days after the treatment.
  2. Moisturize: Moisturizing is crucial for maintaining optimal hydration and promoting the healing process. You provider will give you a hyaluronic acid and Kiwi seed oil post-treatment care kit. These are excellent options to keep your skin hydrated after treatment.
  3. Avoid excessive sun exposure: Protect your skin from UV rays by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF of 30 or above. Avoid direct sun exposure, especially during peak hours. If you must be outside, wear a (clean) wide-brimmed hat for added protection. This is very challenging during the Summer months, especially here in the Pacific North West, we love taking full advantage of our sunny days. This is why Fall & Winter is the perfect time to schedule your microneedling treatments.
  4. Avoid makeup and certain skincare products: It’s best to avoid wearing makeup for at least 24 hours after microneedling to allow your skin to breathe and heal. Additionally, avoid using skincare products that contain harsh chemicals or irritants, as they can further sensitize your skin.
  5. Be gentle with your skin: During the healing process, it’s important to be gentle with your skin and avoid excessive rubbing, scratching, or picking. Let your skin heal naturally and avoid any activities that can cause trauma or irritation to the treated areas.

Following these post-treatment care tips will help ensure a smooth recovery and enhance the results of your microneedling treatment. Remember, everyone’s skin is different, so it’s important to listen to your body and consult with your skincare professional if you have any concerns or questions.


Why Microneedling and sun exposure don’t mix

Getting too much sun exposure after microneedling can lead to several potential side effects, as the skin is more sensitive and vulnerable during the healing process. These side effects may include:

  1. Increased Sensitivity: The skin may become more sensitive to sunlight after microneedling. This can lead to discomfort, redness, and irritation.
  2. Hyperpigmentation: Excessive sun exposure can trigger the production of melanin in the skin, leading to hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). This can be particularly noticeable in areas that have undergone microneedling. Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a condition where the skin develops dark spots after experiencing inflammation and irritation, and can be worsened by getting too much UV exposure after microneedling.
  3. Hypopigmentation: In contrast to hyperpigmentation, some individuals may experience a loss of skin color in response to excessive sun exposure.
  4. Delayed Healing: Sunburned skin can hinder the normal healing process, potentially prolonging recovery time after microneedling.
  5. Inflammation: Sunburn can exacerbate inflammation in the treated areas, leading to increased redness, swelling, and discomfort.
  6. UV Damage: Microneedling essentially punctures the skin millions of times with tiny needles, disrupting the protective skin barrier. This makes it even more susceptible to UV damage during the healing process.


Results and long-term effects of microneedling

The results of microneedling can vary depending on various factors, including the depth of the treatment, the number of sessions, and individual skin characteristics. While some improvements may be noticeable immediately after a single session, it typically takes 3-5 sessions to see the full benefits of microneedling.

In the days following a microneedling treatment, you may notice that your skin appears brighter and more radiant. As the healing process continues, you’ll start to see improvements in skin texture, including smoother and more even-toned skin. Fine lines and wrinkles will gradually diminish, and scars and hyperpigmentation will fade over time.

It’s important to note that microneedling is not a one-time solution. While it can deliver impressive results, the effects are not permanent. As we age, collagen production naturally decreases, and the skin continues to be exposed to environmental factors that can contribute to aging. Therefore, maintenance sessions may be required to sustain the results and keep your skin looking youthful and refreshed.


Interested in Microneedling in Portland?

Microneedling is generally safe and suitable for most skin types, but there are certain considerations and contraindications to be aware of. It’s important to consult with a qualified skincare professional to determine if microneedling is right for you. Dr. Christina at Ageless Aesthetics is a naturopathic physician with a keen interest in Aesthetic medicine and skin care. If you would like to learn more about microneedling schedule a free consultation and we’ll discuss your goals and concerns, and explore all available treatment options!