The Complete Guide to Resuming Your Skincare Routine After Derma Rolling

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If you’ve recently had a derma rolling session, you’re probably wondering when you can resume your favorite skincare products. As proven in a 2015 study, derma rolling kickstarts collagen and other rejuvenating processes by creating tiny punctures in the skin, leading to 85% satisfaction among patients. 

However, in the short term, your complexion remains fragile and prone to irritation or breakouts from premature product use. So what’s the optimal timeline for resuming your regimen after treatment?

We’ll provide specific guidelines to maximize your derma rolling benefits and avoid potential problems.

When Can I Resume My Skincare Routine After Using a 0.25mm Derma Roller?

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It’s recommended to wait 24 hours before resuming any skincare products after microneedling with a 0.25mm derma roller. This initial period allows the microscopic wounds time to begin closing, preventing infection risk and deep penetration of topicals into vulnerable skin.

For the first day, use only a gentle, non-foaming cleanser to remove debris without stripping the skin. You may also apply a basic moisturizer as needed, but avoid additional serums, creams or masks during the initial 24 hours. Immediately layering certain products could aggravate your skin and cause poor results.

The exception is hyaluronic acid serum, which can be applied after since it won’t penetrate or irritate the surface. Avoid actives like vitamin C and retinol for a day to let your skin start healing before their stimulation.

What Should You Do Once You Resume Your Full Skincare Regimen?

After the first 24 hours, slowly reintroduce your regular skincare items. We suggest gradually adding products back in over several days and weeks, rather than all at once. Begin with lightweight hydrating serums before richer creams that may feel heavy on sensitive skin.

Additionally, hold off on potentially irritating actives like retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids for 1-2 weeks post-treatment. Your complexion remains compromised after microneedling, so those stimulating ingredients could cause adverse effects during recovery. Let your skin fully heal first.

Based on our experience, Face Med Store recommends this timeline for seamlessly resuming your regimen:

Day 1: Cleanser and moisturizer only

Day 2: Add hydrating serums

Day 3: Try soothing antioxidant serums

Day 4: Reintroduce lighter moisturizing creams

Day 5 & Beyond: Continue slowly adding products

1-2 Weeks: Reintroduce actives gradually

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At Face Med Store, our skincare experts stay current on the latest microneedling recommendations so we can provide optimal guidance. We want your derma rolling treatments to be as beneficial and irritation-free as possible. 

Let us know if you have any other questions! We’re happy to help you maximize results from your at-home skincare routine.

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