How to Reduce Redness After Micro-Needling

Micro-needling has grown into one of the most popular anti-aging solutions over the years.

This therapeutic procedure involves a controlled damage infliction onto your skin with small needles that create micro-channels to stimulate and rejuvenate your skin tissue’s building blocks.

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Along the line of benefits like even skin tone, wrinkle-reduction, scar-healing, smooth texture, and pore reduction, a micro-needling session can also cause stubborn redness to your skin.

It’s pretty normal, and the skin heals itself within a week or two.

Nevertheless, the idea of getting itchy, red skin is far from entertaining. Hence, many women avoid the whole treatment for this reason. 

If you have such concerns and want to know how to reduce redness after micro-needling, we’re here to help.

Up ahead, you’ll get to know the eight most effective tips that’ll help you breeze through the redness issues.

Tip-1: Pre-Adjustments of the Needles

Micro-needling Needles

The needle size for the face is a crucial aspect of a micro-needling device for the process and the results. 

It’s a common belief among the professionals that the longer the needle, the more remarkable the results. However, the extended needle size can also be the reason for excessive redness, and it might even cause inflammatory bruises.

Hence, if you want to avoid further redness, especially if waiting a week seems too much, you should ask your provider to do it with a short-needled device.

A millimeter or less would be the ideal length if you want the redness to heal in as quick as two days.

Also, to reduce the aching effects, you should ask for slower roll-ons.

Tip-2: Take Advantage of Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen, the classic pain relief solution, can be of great help for micro-needling treatment.

You can take small dosages of the renowned medicine as per your dermatologist’s recommendation both before and after the procedure.

However, you must avoid the NSAIDs like Motrin or Advil since they can profoundly affect the results.

Note: Always consult your doctor before taking any drugs, we are not doctors, and you should not consider this medical advice. 

Tip-3: Combine Micro-Needling with PRP

PRP Therapy

PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma therapy can effectively reduce the redness from your face if it’s combined with your micro-needling treatment.

This therapy relates to collagen stimulation that involves protein injection into your skin. The protein is collected from your own DNA, which instigates collagen’s production rate in your face.

The highly anti-inflammatory PRP therapy can significantly curtail the healing process’s downtime while dramatically engendering anti-aging effects.  However, the process is pretty expensive.

Tip-4: Keep Away from the Sun

It’s needless to say how essential it is to keep yourself protected from sun exposure. The list of health problems due to frequent sun exposure includes skin cancer and premature skin aging(1).

And if you’re into micro-needling, the urgency level increases substantially.

You must pay attention to the amount of sun you take for at least one week before and after the treatment.

Namely, this is because of the UV rays, which can severely redden your skin for a prolonged time, and in the worst-case scenario, you can get intolerable skin irritations for months.

If you’ve already suffered sunburns, then you should reschedule your appointment with your dermatologist.

Additionally, you’ll want to keep yourself away from as much sunlight as possible for up to a month if you’re going to make the most out of the treatment.

Tip-5: Keep Both Yourself and Your Skin Hydrated

Keep You and Your Skin Hydrated

It’s essential to stay hydrated at all times, but you’ll need to pay extra attention after taking micro-needling treatment.

Hydrated skin is beneficial not only for proper regeneration but also for reducing its redness.

To heal your skin faster, you must drink plenty of water.

As for the extra attention to your face, you can use a specialized serum-like AnteAGE MD.

If you use it with the accelerator, it can immediately soothe your reddened skin while also decreasing the irritation.

You’ll likely feel your skin much drier than before due to the loss of balance. So, you can also use hyaluronic acid-containing serums as well for the restoration process.

Sprinkling water sprays are also among the most effective practices that can help soothe your skin whenever it feels overly dry.

We also recommend using a ceramide-filled moisturizing lotion once a day to maintain the perfect hydration balance.

Tip-6: Say No to Exfoliations

The more you keep your newly-treated skin away from redundant ‘skin-care’ products, the better. And that’s why you should pause the use of exfoliating goods for the time being.

Stay away from both physical and chemical exfoliators, including scrubs, retinol, AHA/BHAs, and acne treating creams while your skin is still healing.

These products can intensify your skin’s redness and may even spoil the micro-needling treatment’s whole purpose. And before you can resume using them, you must consult your dermatologist.

Tip-7: Alcohol Need to Wait

Avoid Alcohols

Don’t forget to stash your booze, for now, both for the redness reduction and the well-being of your skin long term.

Alcohol, being a vasodilator, causes the blood vessels under your skin to expand. With the breakage of the blood vessels, this expansion can engender severe redness because of the injury you’ve just inflicted on your skin. And this excessive redness can entail harsh bruises.

If you don’t want your skin to go through such stress, prolong your next drink at least a week before the treatment session and the week following it.

Since alcohols accelerate the possibilities of bruises, you’ll be better extending the periods than shortening them for further safety.

Tip-8: Take a Break from Exercises

Despite the mental and physical lift that your sweating exercises provide, they can prove to be costly and provoke the redness of your skin as well.

Sweating while working out often cause acne to appear, giving you another reason to stop the gym temporarily.

So, if you were thinking about taking a break from your gym classes, this can be the right time to do so.

Take a break for at least a couple of days after you’ve received your micro-needling session.

A Few Additional Aftercare Tips for Lifted Skin

  • Do not use makeup for at least three days.
  • Use an antioxidant serum to give your treated skin a natural lift.
  • Avoid the use of cleansing brushes.
  • Avoid tanning beds.
  • Remember to wear sunscreen before going out. Make sure it’s an SPF 25 graded sunscreen at least.
  • Skip swimming(if you do so) for 3-4 days.

Final Say

Because you can significantly benefit from a micro-needling session, you should throw out the thought of avoiding it out of fear of the redness it may cause.

With all the redness-reduction tips right we’ve just provided, you should be fine. Thus, now it’s time for you to step up and act accordingly for younger-looking skin.

Nevertheless, we are not doctors, so please consult your doctors accordingly before applying any of the above tips.

Sources

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/skin-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20377605#:~:text=Skin%20cancer%20%E2%80%94%20the%20abnormal%20growth,squamous%20cell%20carcinoma%20and%20melanoma.