Are you interested in Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT)? Here are a few dos and don’ts to ensure you get the most out of the experience.
If you’re about to get your first session of Collagen Induction Therapy, congratulations! You’re making a great decision for your skin. The results of Collagen Induction Therapy can be amazing, giving you a boost to your self-esteem, confidence and general wellbeing. But for Collagen Induction Therapy to be truly successful, you’ll need to know what to expect. You’ll need to know how to protect your skin afterwards, and you’ll need to know all the dos and don’ts of microneedling treatments.
Let’s explore how to make the most of your Collagen Induction Therapy.
Related: What Is Collagen Induction Therapy?
Prepare for Your Session by Talking to a Professional
It’s important to know what you’re in for before booking a Collagen Induction Therapy session. There is absolutely nothing to worry about. We’re experienced professionals, so you’re in safe hands, but it’s best to be as informed as possible.
When you book your CIT session, you will be told how to prepare for CIT, what to avoid and how to take care of your skin after the treatment. You might need to stop taking medications, such as acne treatment medication or ibuprofen. You might also be asked to refrain from using certain topical creams and lotions.
By talking to a professional, you’ll know what to expect after the session is complete. For example, you’ll be told that your skin will look red after Collagen Induction Therapy. This is normal and not something you should worry about. Your skincare professional will apply a good moisturiser to reduce the redness and keep your skin hydrated.
You should also be prepared for the reality that you might experience some swelling or bruising after treatment. Your skin might even feel a bit different for a few days after your session. This is all due to micro-injuries caused by the microneedles. Soon, these marks will fade, and you will benefit from even softer, smoother skin.
Know What to Avoid for 48 Hours after Treatment
To get the most out of your Collagen Induction Therapy, you will need to avoid certain activities and solutions. For example, in the first 48 hours after treatment, you should avoid:
Strong, direct sunlight
Sunscreen (but after the 48-hour period, we recommend using sunscreen every day)
Exercise or any vigorous activities that cause sweating
Don’t Apply Makeup for 24 Hours
Hard as it might be, we recommend you avoid using makeup for the first 24 hours after treatment. Your skin needs time to recover and time to breathe. However, if you absolutely need to wear makeup, be selective about what makeup you use. We recommend only using a 100% pure mineral powder makeup.
After your Collagen Induction Therapy, check out our Lip Blush treatment to improve the appearance and colour of your lips.
Don’t Touch Your Face
You might not think you touch your face that much, but you’d be surprised. On average, we touch our faces 16 times an hour! This deeply-ingrained habit can carry germs to your face, and, as your skin is still rejuvenating after the procedure, you are leaving yourself susceptible to infection. Wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your skin unnecessarily, and use gloves if you need to touch your face.
Don’t Take Ibuprofen
Your Collagen Induction Therapy procedure relies on your body’s natural inflammatory process. This process stimulates cell regeneration. As such, you should stay away from anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. These medications will interfere with your body’s recovery process and might impact the results of your procedure. If you are feeling any discomfort or swelling, you should use a cool compress to ease discomfort. Alternatively, if you need to take pain killers, opt for one that isn’t anti-inflammatory.
Stick to Lukewarm Water for 72 Hours
For the first few days following your treatment, stick to cleansing with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser. This should be effective enough if you are avoiding makeup and excessive sweating. Make sure your hands are clean before washing your skin, then very gently dry your skin with a clean towel — dabbing your skin rather than rubbing.
Avoid Exfoliators While Skin Is Healing
While your skin is healing from the Collagen Induction Therapy, you need to avoid abrasive products like exfoliators. You should also stay away from alcohol-based toners. Your skin is regenerating, it needs the time to heal, and if you continue to exfoliate, it won’t be able to recover.
Only Trust Trained Professionals
Collagen Induction Therapy should only be carried out by an individual that is trained and experienced in this area. You can buy “home rolling kits”, but we would caution you against purchasing such items. They can be dangerous, and it’s easy to get the process wrong.
Many people apply too much pressure when doing their own dermarolling, creating tears in the skin. You might focus too much on one area, causing damage and leaving your skin open to infection. There’s also the chance that you might not leave enough time between treatments, which will leave your skin in a constant state of painful inflammation. You may also not adequately disinfect your roller, which is a huge problem for obvious reasons.
Book a Repeat Appointment
After your appointment, you should schedule a follow-up appointment for the next four to six weeks. This is enough downtime for your skin to recover. While, for most people, your final results won’t be visible after the first treatment, you will begin to see some noticeable results in three treatments. Six months after your first treatment, with repeat sessions, you will achieve glowing, smooth skin. Your Collagen Induction Therapy specialist will be able to advise how many sessions you should have and how much time to leave between the sessions to get you the results you need.
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