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Skincare ingredients to avoid when micro-needling!

Updated: May 13

One of the most common questions I get asked is "Can I use this product before/during/after micro-needling?"

If you've watched any of my videos on micro needling, you'll know my position on this! I'm not a conservative person by nature but with skincare I take no risks!! With microneedling, in particular, we're creating micro-channels in the skin to facilitate product penetration and encourage our cells to communicate more effectively. In addition, with medical needling [a.k.a collagen induction (CIT) therapy)], we're going deeper (.5mm+) to encourage the stimulation of new collagen. In any case, micro-needling physically disrupts the skin's barrier - which is fine as long as we're super careful about how we treat our skin during this vulnerable period.

Apart from being scrupulous about hygiene before, during and after micro-needling, (see my needling protocol video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H4Vn_6yEg4), I'm ultra conservative about what and what NOT to put on the skin during while needling and recovery.

I'll keep it really simple, whether I needle at .2mm or .5+, the only product I use on my face is high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. My favourite is Cos de BAHA Hyaluronic Acid https://amzn.to/2VKpUxC. When nano needling or cosmetic needling (.3mm or lower) I'm happy to follow up with my favourite skincare to 'infuse' those great ingredients. The ingredients I AVOID, however are on this list.

After medical micro-needling (CIT) I have a protocol that I follow closely - those deeper channels create micro-wounds and they require special care during the healing process. Please be sure to view my protocols video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLUUEy1csGY

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High risk with needling:

*Diethlhexl Phthalate (DEP)










*Lavender Oil



Some preservatives to avoid with needling:

*Limonene (photosensitivity can occur so use caution with this ingredient)

*Benzyl Alcohol





*Triclosan Benzalkonium

*Chloride Benzophenone

Surfactants to Avoid with needling:

*Sodium Laureth Sulphate

*Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

*Ammonium Laureth Sulphate

*Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate

*Benzalkonium Chloride



Humectants to avoid when needling:

*Butylene Glycol

*Diethyene Glycol

*Pentylene Glycol



*Sorbitol Trioleate

Emollients to avoid when needling:


*Mineral Oil






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