What to Do After Microneedling?

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Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure involving tiny, controlled skin punctures using fine needles. This process stimulates the skin’s natural healing response, encouraging the production of collagen and elastin. As a result, microneedling can improve skin texture, reduce the scar and wrinkle appearance and enhance overall skin tone.

Proper Microneedling Aftercare Tips

After you finish a microneedling session, your provider will give you aftercare tips to ensure optimal results. Here are things what to do and what not to do after microneedling:

  • Avoid Direct Sun Exposure. The skin is particularly sensitive to sun damage after microneedling treatments, so you must protect it from direct sunlight exposure. Apply a high-SPF sunscreen lotion and wear protective clothing when staying outdoors.
  • Keep the Skin Hydrated. Use a gentle, hydrating moisturizer to keep the skin well-hydrated. Avoid products with skin-irritating chemicals or fragrances as they may irritate your sensitive skin.
  • Avoid Makeup. Refrain from using makeup for 24 to 48 hours post-procedure. Doing so allows your skin to breathe and heal without potential irritants.
  • Do Not Pick or Scratch. It’s common to notice or feel redness and slight peeling after microneedling. Avoid scratching or rubbing the skin to prevent adverse effects or infections.
  • Use Gentle Skincare Products. Stick to gentle cleansers and avoid exfoliants, retinoids and other active ingredients that may be too harsh for your healing skin.
  • Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of water to improve the healing process. Staying hydrated can maintain skin elasticity and promote overall health.
  • Avoid Strenuous Activities. Steer clear of intense workouts and activities that cause sweating for at least 24 hours, as sweat can cause skin irritation in the treated areas.
  • Follow-Up Sessions. Schedule follow-up appointments as your skin care professional recommends monitoring your skin’s progress and promptly addressing any concerns.

Is Microneedling Safe?

Microneedling is considered a safe and effective cosmetic procedure when done by a licensed and reliable practitioner. The treatment uses a device with fine needles to create micro-injuries on the skin’s surface, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. Despite its invasive nature, the method is minimally invasive than other skin rejuvenation techniques, offering a relatively low risk of severe side effects.

The Process of Microneedling

1. Consultation and Assessment

Before the microneedling procedure, a consultation with a licensed practitioner is necessary to assess your skin type, learn about your goals and determine whether microneedling is for you.

2. Cleansing

The practitioner will remove oils, makeup and other impurities. This second step frees the skin of debris that could interfere with the procedure.

3. Numbing

A topical anaesthetic cream is spread to the treated area to lower discomfort during the procedure. This cream is usually left on for about 20-30 minutes.

4. Microneedling

The practitioner will use a clean, specialized microneedling device to create controlled micro-injuries in your skin. The device typically has adjustable needle depths to effectively target various skin concerns.

5. Serum Application

After microneedling, your skin will be more receptive to topical treatments. The practitioner may apply serums or other therapeutic products to enhance the procedure’s effects.

6. Post-Treatment Care

The procedure finishes with the application of a soothing serum or calming mask to reduce irritation or redness. Sunscreen is also applied to protect freshly treated skin from UV exposure.

7. Aftercare Instructions

The practitioner will provide detailed aftercare instructions to help you care for your skin in the days following the treatment, ensuring optimal results and minimizing potential side effects.

How to Prepare Before a Microneedling Procedure

  • Avoid Heat Exposure. Stay out of direct sunlight and do not use tanning beds for at least a week before the procedure. Excessive sun exposure can cause more skin sensitivity and increase the risk of complications.
  • Discontinue Certain Skincare Products. Stop using retinoids, alpha and beta hydroxy acids and other exfoliating products for at least 48 hours before your appointment. These products can also make your skin more sensitive.
  • Stop Taking Blood Thinners. Avoid blood-thinning supplements or medications, such as ibuprofen or fish oil for several days before the treatment. Doing so reduces the risk of skin bruising.
  • Skin Hydration and Nourishment. Keep your skin well-hydrated and moisturized in the days following the procedure. Use gentle, hydrating products to maintain skin health.
  • Avoid Alcohol. Refrain from drinking alcohol 24 hours before microneedling, as it causes blood thinning and increase the risk of bruising and inflammation.
  • Plan for Downtime. While microneedling treatments typically require minimal downtime, avoiding scheduling significant social events or strenuous activities immediately after your appointment is wise.
  • Remove Makeup. Arrive at your appointment with a clean face, free of makeup and other impurities, to ensure the treatment can proceed smoothly.
  • Stay Healthy. Avoid undergoing microneedling if you have an active skin infection, cold sore or other illness. Reschedule your appointment if you’re feeling unwell to ensure the best results.

What to Expect After Microneedling

Redness and Swelling

Your skin may exhibit redness and swelling after the procedure, resembling a mild sunburn. This is a normal reaction that will go away after a few hours to a few days.


Your skin may feel more sensitive post-treatment, especially to touch, heat and certain skincare products. Use only gentle products as recommended by your practitioner.

Skin Peeling and Flaking

Mild peeling or flaking can happen as the skin undergoes its natural exfoliation process. This indicates that the treatment is working and new, healthier skin is emerging.

Dry Skin

It’s common for the skin to feel drier than usual after microneedling. You should keep your skin well-hydrated with a suitable moisturizer.

Temporary Discomfort

Some people may feel slight discomfort or tingling in the treated areas. This is usually temporary and fades within a few days.

Visible Results

Initial skin texture and tone improvements can be seen within a week, while more significant results, like reduced fine lines and improved scars, take a few weeks to become evident as natural collagen production increases.

Potential Breakouts

Some people may experience minor breakouts or purging after the procedure due to increased cell turnover. This should clear up as the skin adjusts.

Follow-Up Care

Adhere to any follow-up care instructions given by your skincare professional. These may include avoiding direct sunlight, not wearing makeup for a certain period, and applying specific post-care products.

Experience Quality Microneedling at BC Orchard Aesthetics

Post-microneedling care is crucial to achieving the best results and maintaining your skin’s health. Ensure you follow your practitioner’s aftercare instructions, keep your skin moisturized and shield it from dangerous UV rays. Be gentle with your skin by avoiding any harsh products or treatments until it has healed fully. Monitor your skin’s response and contact your practitioner for any concerns or follow-up treatments.

For exceptional microneedling results and beautiful skin, trust BC Orchard Aesthetics. With state-of-the-art equipment and a professional team of aestheticians, we offer a safe, effective and rejuvenating microneedling experience. Book your appointment today to get a detailed explanation of the procedure.

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