Why You Should Avoid Alcohol And Caffeine After Microneedling

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Microneedling is a prevalent cosmetic procedure that promises an array of benefits. What exactly is this scary-sounding method? Healthline explains that microneedling involves puncturing the skin with tiny needles to stimulate collagen production and to lessen acne scars, dark spots, and signs of aging to improve the appearance of the skin. Dermatologist Macrene Alexiades explained to ELLE, "When the skin feels these pinpricks, your body will naturally rush to heal them, resulting in a plumped, more youthful appearance." Although microneedling is not cheap, it is relatively uninvasive.


Alternatively, you could purchase an at-home roller, but Yale Medicine states that these are not very effective and do not provide maximum results. These needles only puncture 0.25 mm deep, while the needles on devices used by dermatologists can go up to 2-3 mm deep. However, microneedling is not for everyone. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that individuals with clotting disorders or skin conditions should avoid the procedure, as should people with acne, per Cleveland Clinic. If you do decide to undergo microneedling, Zensa Skin Care says you should avoid alcohol and caffeine before and after the procedure. Here's why.

Alcohol and caffeine can cause adverse reactions

Going without your morning coffee or a glass of wine at dinner can be difficult. However, Zensa Skin Care states that this is for the best if you plan to undergo microneedling. They note that patients should not drink alcohol for up to 24 hours before they get the procedure. In addition, caffeinated foods or drinks are a no for the day of the procedure. Yale Medicine notes that microneedling can cause swelling and redness. SkinCare MT explains that these substances can worsen the swelling and lead to bruising after the procedure. Moreover, they can cause inflammation and hinder your skin from properly healing.


According to White Lotus, it's also advised for patients to avoid drinking alcohol 24-48 hours after microneedling, as the alcohol can compound any redness you're already experiencing as a result of the procedure. 

Dermstore writes that, in general, alcohol is not the best for your skin. It could exacerbate skin conditions and bring on premature aging. Of course, caffeine and alcohol are not the only things you should steer clear of if you undergo microneedling. Zensa Skin Care adds that patients should not take aspirin, ibuprofen, and supplements three days before the procedure.

The other don'ts of microneedle aftercare

Per White Lotus, there are various things you should be wary of after undergoing microneedling. Keep in mind that these temporary suggestions will reduce the possibility of any adverse side effects. Zensa Skin Care explains the first 48-72 hours after the procedure are the most important. You're advised not to wear sunscreen or makeup in the first 24 hours, and to avoid tanning for up to two weeks. Sweating can cause a skin infection. To evade this, do not exercise for 2-7 days. The same goes for swimming; salt and chlorine can seep into your skin and harbor an infection.


SkinCare MT adds that you should wait two weeks to undergo a cosmetic procedure such as Botox or laser. SkinMD Seattle also suggests avoiding tobacco. Like alcohol and caffeine, it can impede the healing process. As dermatologist Mona Gohara put it (via ELLE), "Let the skin chill after microneedling." She added, "For the rest of the day, don't wash the skin, expose it to high heat, or sweat too much (that means no sun, no gym, no hot yoga)." Following these suggestions will help make your skin look its best. However, be sure to observe the protocols given to you by your dermatologist.