What are the best serums and products to use after a microneedling session?

Hyaluronic acid serums are the best and most commonly used type for microneedling because of their hydrating properties. Other great alternatives include peptides, ceramides, and EGF. Just make sure to avoid retinoids, Vitamin C, and other serums that contain acids (AHA, BHA, and lactic acid).

Microneedling is a safe, minimally invasive skin treatment that erases acne scars, smooths wrinkles, tightens loose skin, and improves the skin’s overall condition. According to a 2015 study, patients experience significantly better skin health because of increased levels of collagen I, III, VII, and tropoelastin. These important proteins help keep the skin firm, healthy, and evenly toned.

While the microneedling process is already effective in triggering natural collagen production, it’s better to combine this treatment with nourishing serums to achieve the best results. One of the many benefits of microneedling is that it also improves the absorption of skincare products (up to 3000%) as they enter the skin through the microchannels created by the needle.

● Hyaluronic Acid – Hyaluronic acid is best used for hydrating the skin, smoothing wrinkles and fine lines, repairing the skin cells affected by sun damage, and speeding up the body’s healing process. Hyaluronic acid is often listed as an ingredient in many moisturizers and hydration serums. But aside from moisturizing the skin, hyaluronic acid also has skin-plumping and anti-aging effects that help erase age spots and smooth wrinkles and fine lines.

● Peptides – Peptides are the building blocks of important proteins like collagen and elastin that keep the skin firm and healthy. But unlike collagen, peptides have shorter amino acid chains that penetrate the skin better. Like hyaluronic acid, peptides also naturally occur in the body. They’re also suitable for any skin type and skin tone. Peptide serums and creams are a great alternative for patients who want to rejuvenate their skin but can’t use products that contain retinol and other reactive ingredients.

● Epidermal Growth Factors (EGF) – EGF helps speed up the skin’s healing process. It also offers a multitude of skin benefits, like the reduced appearance of wrinkles and deep acne scars, better hydration, and the prevention of hyperpigmentation. Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) serums help heal and repair damaged skin by stimulating growth at the cellular level. They bind with the damaged cells and signal them to act like healthy cells that grow, survive, and repair themselves. This makes EGF an extremely useful ingredient for healing and strengthening cells.

● Mineral-Based Makeup – Mineral makeup is made with minerals and other natural substances. It often contains skin-friendly ingredients, making it ideal for sensitive skin. Many people like mineral cosmetics because they’re free of parabens, talc, and other potentially harmful substances.

Product Resources:

● Gentle Facial cleaner: Cetaphil gentle facial cleanser
● Hyaluronic and Peptide Serums: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum
● EGF Serum: Bioeffect EGF Serum
● Organic Facial Oil: Beauty by Earth
● SPF44 Tinted Sunscreen Makeup: Elta MD Broad-spectrum SPF44
● SPF30 Mineral-Based Sunscreen: Anthelios Mineral SPF 30 with hyaluronic acid
● Self-tanning Gel: AMAI Tan and Tonic Hydrating Sunless Gel
● Hyaluronic Acid: AMAI Exceller8 Reviving Hyaluronic Serum (after 48 hours due to Vit C)