Microneedling Aftercare: Get The Most Out of Your Treatment

Microneedling and the Vampire Facial

Microneedling is Collagen Induction Therapy. The most therapeutic devices are powered microneedling devices that use tiny needles to make micro-channels or injuries in the skin to then stimulate collagen and elastin formation, the building blocks of skin tissue. At WIFH, we use Rejuvapen.

Microneedling has become a popular anti-aging procedure, and some of you might be familiar with the “Vampire Facial,” which the Kardashians have made famous. The Vampire Facial is simply microneedling with PRP, or platelet-rich plasma. An important note: PRP is an add-on to microneedling and is not offered at all practices. If your skin care provider does not offer PRP, the practice may instead offer a growth factor treatment following your microneedling procedure, which utilizes the same theory as PRP. In PRP, the plasma has growth factors to basically supercharge healing and collagen stimulation. Growth factor serum creates the same result without the need to draw blood.

Benefits of Microneedling

There are a number of amazing benefits of microneedling with Rejuvapen.

  • Improves fine lines and deeper wrinkles
  • Reduces acne scars
  • Softens stretch marks
  • Evens skin tone
  • Lightens hyperpigmentation and sun spots
  • Reduces appearance of pores
  • Firms and smooths skin texture
  • Heals scars
  • Reduces broken capillaries and spider veins
  • Brings back the glow for fresher, younger-looking skin

Microneedling Aftercare

Microneedling offers amazing benefits to getting and keeping your skin beautiful, but like any good skin procedure there are important aftercare instructions that you will need to follow to get the most out of your skincare treatment.

Since Rejuvapen microneedling creates micro wounds in the skin, patients cannot return to their normal skincare routines right away. In fact, immediately after your treatment, you will look as though you have a mild to moderate sunburn, and your skin may feel warm and tighter than usual. Keep in mind, these effects are normal and they typically subside within a few hours after treatment, but can take up to 24-48 hours for complete resolution.

Don’t worry: your skin professional will discuss post-procedure skincare following the treatment to help soothe, calm, and protect the skin. Continue to treat the skin gently for three days after microneedling, and you may resume your normal skincare routine after day three post-treatment.

Our Recommendation at WIFH for the Best Microneedling Aftercare:

  1. CLEAN – Use a gentle cleanser and tepid water to cleanse the face for 72 hours post-treatment, and gently dry the treated skin. Always make sure your hands are clean when touching the treated area, and do not use a Clarisonic or other powered cleansing brushes for at least one week after your treatment.
  2. HEAL – We recommend serum antioxidants post-treatment, as its properties are ideal to help heal the skin by soothing and lessening irritation.
  3. HYDRATE – Following your Rejuvapen treatment, your skin may feel drier than normal. Hyaluronic Acid is an ideal ingredient you can use to hydrate and restore the skin back to perfect balance.
  4. STIMULATE – In the days following your Rejuvapen treatment, and as the skin starts to regenerate, collagen-stimulating peptides are ideal to maximize the effects of the stimulation already started by the microneedling.
  5. MAKEUP – We recommend you do not apply makeup for 24 to 72 hours after the procedure. In addition, do not apply any makeup with a makeup brush, especially if the brush is not clean.
  6. PROTECT – Immediately after the procedure, your skin professional will apply a broad spectrum UVA/UVB, SPF 25 or greater sunscreen to your skin. We recommend a chemical-free sunscreen. Keep in mind that you should continue to use a sunscreen everyday—not only the days following your procedure—as part of your skincare routine to protect your skin from sun damage and premature aging.

Additional Microneedling Aftercare Precautions

  1. To ensure the proper healing environment, do NOT use any Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C (in a low pH formula) scrubs or anything perceived as “active” skincare for one week post treatment.
  2. Do not use any powered cleansing brushes like Clarisonic for one week post treatment.
  3. Avoid intentional and direct sunlight for 72 hours.
  4. No tanning beds.
  5. Always wear sunscreen.
  6. Do not go swimming for at least 72 hours post-treatment.
  7. Do not exercise or participate in strenuous activity for the first 72 hours post-treatment. Sweating and gym environments in general are harmful and filled with bacteria, which may cause adverse reactions in your skin.

WIFH Microneedling Treatment Kit

At WIFH, we provide a post-treatment kit that we recommend using for 72 hours after your microneedling treatment for best results. Most facilities probably offer a similar treatment kit, but you may be required to purchase the kit, whereas our kit comes with the procedure. The kit is made up of products made by iS Clinical, including: a gentle cleansing complex, Sheald recovery balm, and copper firming mist.

We hope you have learned more about Microneedling aftercare and what to expect after your Rejuvapen treatment at WIFH! Visit our office for your free consultation to find out if Rejuvapen is the right procedure to meet your skincare goals.

125 Comments

Christine

I had done a microneedling like
6 months ago 3 sessions, my face is very itchy i dont what to do can you please help me

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Donna M obrien

I had 3 skin pen treatments I still see the upper lip has many lines I am to go in January, I think I should go sooner??? Hi

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Lindsay Spires

Hi Donna,

We typically recommend a series of at least 4 treatments for general skin rejuvenation, but we recommend more if you are addressing specific issues like acne scars or fine lines/wrinkles. We space our treatments every 4 weeks. With each treatment it is igniting the bodies healing response, which is the production of collagen, but this process does take time to complete.

Microneedling has become very popular over the last few years, but not all of the technologies are the same. Results will vary based on the depth of penetration of the needles and the number of needles the tip has. Some facilities are also using “dermal rollers” which can be used at home, but don’t offer the same results as powered microneedling devices. I’m not certain which device the facility you are visiting uses, but this can effect results as well. I would definitely recommend returning for treatment before January as you mentioned. You may also see if you can add on a growth factor serum with your treatment. The use of growth factors will help to speed of the healing process and enhance your results. Additionally, depending on the depth of the lines above your lip you may need more treatments. Cosmetic fillers also do a nice job if the lines deep.

We use the Rejuvapen device and our patients are seeing great results. Please let us know if you have any questions, happy to help.

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Ana

I did last year 3 procedures, then I stopped as I had to travel to Dubai and sun exposure was imminent.
I have large pores and some comedons due to polichistic ovaries.
This year I started again. I do 2.0 mm needles and exfoliation is really heavy, which is good.
But I am not sure still it helped me to get rid of large pores… within some weeks (last year) my skin got back… 🙁
Do I need to do more than 3/4 procedures ?
Can I use oils/serums – always trying to avoid them not to clog my pores …
Thank you. 🙂

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Lindsay Spires

Hi Ana,
The number of treatments each individual will need varies. Since you are trying to correct large pore size you may need between 4-8 treatments. We recommend spacing them every 4 weeks. The place where you go for treatment, do they apply growth factors to the skin? Growth factors help promote healing and cell renewal. If you aren’t already using a tretinoin I would recommend using one. Pairing your microneedling treatments with products that also work to reduce pore size might help get results quicker. Keep us posted! Best of luck to you.

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Barb

I just had prp done yesterday. I was not prepared for the aftercare thinking I would just use my normal moisturizers but after reading your information I’m not sure they’re appropriate. Can you tell me if any of the following will help? Clinique moisture surge concentrate or intense, philosophy miracle worker or Clinique smart with spf 15?

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Lindsay Spires

While you’ll notice a change in your skin about a week after your first procedure it takes up to 3 months before the collagen production process stops and you would see final results. A series of treatments is needed for it to produce transformative change in your skin. We recommend spacing treatments out every 4 weeks, you can certainly go longer, but this is the length of time we find produces the best results.

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Lindsay Spires

We typically offer our microneedling in packages of 4 and 8. If you are only interested in a single treatment the cost for 1 microneedling treatment without growth factor is $250 and $295 with growth factor. Please let me know if you have any questions, I’m happy to help in any way I can.

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Deb Dover

I’m using Aloe Vera 99% on my face to cool it down and hold in moisture. I’m appkying Image SPF 30 on top of the Aloe Vera gel. Is that ok?

I use Murad products and I have the sensitive serum. Is that one ok to use?

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Dana

I got a microneedling done in December. I am about to do it again in a couple weeks. I am getting treated for light scarring and hyperpigmentation. I noticed incredible results the first round and look forward to round 2. However i am moving just after and won’t be able to receive another microneedling session for probably 6 months. They said it would take about 3 for removal. Will that time span reverse any of the affects or will i be okay to go that long? Also anything i can use to make the results even better?

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Adriana Guzman-Sierra

Hi! I just had my first Rejuvapen procedure about five hours ago. I forgot to ask if I am able to use the moisturizer I have, which is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial cream. And how soon after my procedure, do I use it?

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Louise

I had a third Rejuvapen treatment two days ago and this time I have had a pimply looking rash appear in the areas it was performed. Although my skin wasn’t too red to begin with it isn’t looking as radiant as it did before. It looks like I have eczema. What could have happened? The skin feels a bit itchy too. I have applied some Bioeffect Serum.

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Lindsay Spires

I would contact the office that performed your treatment. It sounds like this is a result of the treatment. Often if you don’t use enough lubricant on the skin or a product to create a slip on the surface of the skin the needles can drag on the skin creating a rash-like or “rug burn” appearance. It should resolve without an issue, but I would take a photo and let the provider who performed your treatment see what you are experiencing. The itchy feeling is also normal, as the skin heals it can cause the skin to be itchy. Be sure to keep using nourishing products to speed up the healing process. Best of luck to you.

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Rebecca

Hello, I got the procedure done today and bought the kit. Should I start using the gentle cleanse wash immediately or start the kit the next day? I have only been moisturizing with hyaluronic acid.

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Lindsay Spires

Yes, can start using the gentle cleanser immediately following your treatment (that evening). Hyaluronic acid is fine to use, however something with a growth factor or copper peptides will help to speed the healing process and amplify results. Keep us posted on your progress.

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Michael Vincent Obeña

Can I wash my face after the session because others say that you cannot apply any products or avoid sweating so are the water.

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Lindsay Spires

You are able to wash your face following your microneedling procedure. Typically we recommend waiting until that evening since we have applied growth factors and other healing serums into the skin following the procedure, we want to give those products time to penetrate and work. We too advise patients not to exercise following their procedure. The skin is open and sweat could introduce bacteria and other things during the healing process. Best of luck to you.

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Lindsay Spires

I would not use a Tretinoin or retinol until your skin has completely healed following your microneedling treatment. A vitamin D cream is probably fine since it helps with irritation. I would recommend not using any abrasive or exfoliating products until your skin has completely healed. You are able to use nourishing products that promote healing. We recommend products with copper peptides, antioxidants and growth factors.

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NIcole

Hi I just had a microneedling treatment 6 days ago and on the evening of day 5 I incorporated IS clinical Active serum which felt very strong. I noticed a light circular mark on my skin this morning – a mark that wasn’t there yesterday. Do you know if this could be the result of the serum? Also if so, could this be temporary or a permanent discoloration to the skin?

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Lindsay Spires

It is likely that this mark you are seeing on your skin is from the Active Serum. Active Serum is a very concentrated, exfoliating product. We tell our patients not to use any exfoliating products or treatments for at least 7 days post microneedling. Your skin is in the process of healing and will just become unnecessarily irritated with exfoliation. I would imagine this is temporary, but it’s hard to say without seeing you. Give your skin some time to rest and repair and perhaps use some nourishing, calming products. Hopefully this mark will resolve quickly.

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Nicole

Thank you for your quick reply Lindsay. Will not exfoliate for at least one – 2 weeks now!

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Carla

I’m a smoker but I am trying to stop I’ve had two sessions of micro needling so far and I’ve noticed a change in the acne scarring which is the reason why
My question is will smoking affect it slow down the progress? Other than smoking my diet is healthy I don’t drink alcohol and train a lot (I wait a few days after procedure) my skin care regime is good too but jistvwondered if smoking affects the results!

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Lindsay Spires

Any healing can take longer for those individuals that smoke. Smoking also takes its toll on the skin over time. It’s great that you are working on quitting. You will still see changes in your skin with the microneedling treatments, but it may take longer for the skin to heal and for results to be seen. Be sure to use great skincare products to help improve and nourish your skin. We love microneedling and after a series of treatments you should see a great improvement in your acne scars.

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Renee Virella

I did a treatment a week ago. It was eaay breezy. No major redness, no burning , a small bit of dryness. A different aesethician is offering me a free modvellum treatment this week. Can I do that so soon?

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Aamina

Hi there, I just did a Microneedling session today and my skin feels very hot. The therapist did not provide me with any advice on aftercare or any products for after care but at home I have the lamelle nourish rescue gel in which the main ingredients are pycnogenol, aloe Vera and MAP. Will this be fine to use? This gel is recommended normally for after suncare and or IPL therapy

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Susie

Hi, I got my second microneedling done today with a powered pen device. I am confused by after care as salon said to avoid all moisturisers and cleansers for a full 72 hours. Just use warm water but after first treatment it took. A full seven days for my skin to not look so red and I thought maybe I should moisturise sooner. I am a few hours post treatment and will be indoors all night – they have given me a hylauronic acid sheer mask to use this evening but can I gently cleanse tomorrow and wear sunscreen?
I have a hylauronic acid serum and was told to avoid using it for 72 hours but reading here I’m thinking maybe that’s unnecessary. My skin feels like it needs a moisturising cream and I’m worried if I don’t moisturise for 72 hours I’m hurting my skin more!

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Selin

Thank you so much all, Today I had my first Microneedling and everybodys questions have been super helpful, in special those great answers!

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Nathalie

I had my 1st treatment today and was told not to was my face, she applied petroleum jelly post treatment, told me to wipe my face with sterile gauze and reapply the jelly, she gave me a mask to use tomorrow night

Some articles say. Moisturize/you can use water/sunscreen….. I’m getting confused as to what I should be doing, also can you tell me whats the best moisturizer to use? Thankyou

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Lindsay Spires

We allow our patients to wash their faces with sensitive skin cleanser and tepid water. It is important to keep the skin moisturized and well hydrated. It sounds like they are using the Vaseline as the moisturizer. If you find the Vaseline is too heavy during the day just be sure to use a good moisturizer and I would definitely use sunscreen for sure. Sounds like their protocol is a little different, but at the heart of it is hydration which really is key to the healing process.

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Reanne

Hi. I recently had my second Microneedling treatment. However this time my Chen severely broke out. What can I use to help it subside? Is it too soon to use benzoyl peroxide if it has only been four days?

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Lindsay Spires

As long as your skin is intact, meaning it’s not peeling or still irritated from your microneedling treatment it is probably fine to begin using your benzoyl peroxide to help clear up your chin. You may also want to check with the skin specialist that performed your treatment, but this would be the recommendation we would provide our patient. Best of luck to you.

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Kelsey

I still have pink skin 3 days after microneedlig treatment. Is this normal? My esthetician gave me a Hyaluronic serum. I’ve only been using this, but I feel like my skin may need more hydration. Could I use Cerave pm moisturizer or skinceuticals phyto corrective serum to help with redness?

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Lindsay Spires

Was this your first treatment? Typically most of the redness dissipates within 24 hours, but some people to stay red a little longer. The skinceuticals phyto corrective serum is fine to use, anything hydrating and nourishing is good. Be sure to keep your skin protected, sunscreen is a must. If the redness persists I would be in contact with your skin specialist that performed your microneedling and see what they suggest.

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Britney Coleman

I had my treatment done yesterday, the Doctor gave me Rx Obagi Vitamin C to use with Alastin. I wanted to know if I could still use toner so that these can absorb much more easily.

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Lindsay Spires

I’m not sure what kind of toner you use, but most toners help to restore the skin’s pH which will help the skin better absorb products and for the products to be more effective. We typically recommend waiting 3 days after microneedling to begin toning and using vitamin C products. For the first couple of days it is important to hydrate and nourish the skin so that it can heal.

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Diana

Hi, I got a microneedling treatment on Thursday, now it’s Saturday and my skin is still very red and burning/painful. Any recommendations? My aesthetician only told me to wash with mild soap in the am, and apply vitamin E lotion 3-4 times a day. I’m just wondering if this is normal, or if there’s anything I can do to help my skin heal, thank you for your time.

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Christine

Hi! I got microneedling done on Friday. It’s now Tuesday and I have dark marks all over my face. Is this normal?

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Lindsay Spires

The dark areas may just be patches of dry skin. The drier the skin the darker it looks. Be sure to keep your skin super hydrated and see if those spots don’t slough off. If you aren’t seeing any improvement a week following your treatment I would be in touch with the provider that performed your treatment.

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Lindsay Spires

Yes, they should apply a numbing cream and let it sit for a while before proceeding with your microneedling treatment. We apply a numbing cream and allow it sit for an hour prior to treatment.

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Mya

I hadn’t first Dermapen treatment and after 2-3 days my skin is peeling , wud it be best to leave it dry or to moisturise the skin? I’ve been using moisturiser at night only and I let the skin shed all day is this ok?

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Lindsay Spires

You definitely want to hydrate your skin following your microneedling treatment. If your skin feels dry, tight or itchy you should moisturize any time during the day. You can have some mild flaking after your microneedling procedure, but full on shedding like you have received a chemical peel is really not common after microneedling. If you are really shedding that badly I would follow up with the person who performed your treatment and let them know what you are experiencing.

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Lindsay Spires

Our bodies naturally make growth factors to heal our skin. There are many lab manufactured human growth factors available for use during skin procedures and even at home. You may also have heard of microneedling with PRP (platelet rich plasma), where your own blood is drawn, spun down and the plasma is used on the surface of the skin during and after the microneedling. Growth factor and PRP help speed the healing process and improve your results. Skin products rich in peptides are great to use after your microneedling treatment to nourish the skin and enhance results.
There is certainly a difference in just having microneedling and having microneedling with growth factor.

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april

Is it normal to have scratches after a microneedling procedure was done? A part of my nose looks like it was scratched by a cat. If so, what would you recommend I apply for faster healing?

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Reeza

Is the aftercare of microneedling and nano needling the same? I just did nano needling last wednesday, a day after i get redness and some parts of my face was swollen, feels burning and itch. Today on the fourth day, my skin started to peel off. I looked like im having a mild sunburn. My esthetician told me she infused a collagen serum with the nano needle and told me to hydrate. I thought nano infusions are supposed to be less aggresive. Is this normal too?

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Rowena

Hi Lindsay,
Just curious since i got my first vampire facial last October 20, this year. And thinking if its no harm if i will have my ultrasonic facial on the fifth day for the best finish of my scratches and bruises?
Thank you for your time.

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Lindsay Spires

I would recommend waiting until your skin had completely healed before having another treatment, especially if you have scratches and bruising. You need to give your skin enough time to heal and repair before exposing it to another aggressive therapy.

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Sonia

Hi, very informative page, I must say. I love your dedication to answer each and every question.
I got my PRP microneedling done on Thursday night, my skin was red over whole face except my forehead. On Friday night I noticed lots of itchy bumps just on my forehead. I did lot of cooking on Friday and even felt heat on my forehead and after an hour or so I saw these bumps on my forehead. Are they normal? Is it due to heat from the cooking or just a reaction from the treatment? I called the clinic and they just advised to put an anti inflammatory ointment. I am quite anxious about these. Please help!! 🙏🏻

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Lindsay Spires

I’m glad that you reached out to the clinic that treated you. I really doubt that it had anything to do with your cooking on Friday. We don’t do PRP, so I don’t have much experience with that. Have the itchy bumps subsided after using the cortisone cream? I wonder if you had a reaction to the numbing cream they used? I would keep the clinic that you had treatment informed of your progress, especially if you aren’t seeing an improvement with the anti-inflammatory. It’s hard to say what the true cause of the irritation was. I’m sorry I can’t offer up any additional suggestions. Keep us posted on your progress and if it hasn’t cleared up after using the ointment please be in touch with your clinic again. Best of luck to you.

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Sonia

Thanks for your reply, the bumps have gone down but though look like deflated red patches where bumps were before. They haven’t disappeared as yet and it’s been a week now.
Another thing I forgot to mention that they did the prp microneedling on top of my active acne too. Now I am noticing new zits appearing. Is it ok to have microneedling on active acne??

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Lynn

I just had my first micro-needlings done exactly 1 week ago due to the concerns of the moderations hyperpigmentations spots on both cheeks (small areas). The depth of the needles were penetrated as follows:
*Neck: .5mm
*Cheeks area w/hyperpigmentations: 1.8mm
*The rest of face: 1.2mm

It’s completely healed today, but I still notice the hyperpigmentations on my cheeks (where the needles penetrated the deepest). Should I heavily exfoliate my skin and use some type of bleaching agent to help make them lighter since it’s still vulnerable? Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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Lindsay Spires

Do you have any flaking or superficial crusting (scabbing) on your face or neck? Even though you are a week out and your skin has probably mostly healed I still would not heavily exfoliate, especially if you have any flaking or crusting left. As long as the skin seems healed you are probably safe to resume your regular products, but I would wait a little while longer before you aggressively exfoliate.
Keep in mind microneedling isn’t like a chemical peel where the areas of hyperpigmentation will peel off with the skin. It is a process and it will take a series of treatments before you will see these areas lighten. Did the facility you visited take photos before your first treatment? If not take some yourself so that you can monitor your progress.

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Rana

Hello! Im on my 5th microneedling session and the dr treating me had recommended that as I am doing it for my acne scars that i need to go in every 2 weeks. I know you recommend every 4 weeks, is that for everybodys case? Will going every 2 affect me negatively? Also after the 6th session if im not happy woth results how many more can i do before saying its enough? Thank you!

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Beatrice Rich

I bought the “Glow Pro” for home use. I use it just 2 times a week. Can I still use my exfoliating cream during my OFF DAYS with the Glow Pro?

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Stefani Martin

Hi. I just had my first microneedling with PRP and was told to use a mild cleanser, Skinceuticals HA intensifier and Guinot Creme Protection Reparatrice Facial Creme, followed by SPF for the next 72 hours. What do you think of that after-care regimine? Would you add anything or take anything away? Thanks!

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Stefani Martin

I was told no alcohol or caffeine for 3 days prior and 3 days post microneedling with PRP? Is that necessary? I have had such a bad caffeine-withdrawal headache that I’m not looking forward to my next treatment week….
Thanks!

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Lindsay Spires

Hmmm, I can understand the no alcohol since the alcohol can thin the blood, but I’m not sure why they would recommend refraining from caffeine. I would call the facility that you are going to and ask for further explanation on this. I would actually think caffeine might be good since its a vasoconstrictor, but perhaps they see it differently. I would reach out and get more information, no sense in torturing yourself if it’s not necessary.

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Elisa

I just got microneedle five days ago. I have pretty bad acne. My skin looked great right after and now I have some terrible, what feel like cystic acne… I’m wondering if it is normal for acne to get worse before it gets better?

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Lindsay Spires

When you went in for your treatment did you have active acne? If you had any active pustules at the time you had microneedling it is likely that that bacteria was spread causing a bad breakout (potentially causing cystic acne). If you didn’t have any active acne the day of your treatment I would find out what products were used immediately after your treatment. You Microneedling wouldn’t cause a breakout unless as I mentioned you had active acne the day of treatment or if your skin reacted to the products used after treatment. You should never have a microneedling treatment if you have any active acne.

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Anisa

Hi! I just had my microneedling for the first time and i am much confused with the postcare. Should i go for serum mist or serum itself or facial oil? And should i apply toner to my face or just straight for serum then sunscreen.

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Lindsay Spires

What serum and mist do you have? In theory you would go with the thinnest to the thickest, so depending on what products you have I would mist then use the serum, but you will also need a rich hydrater as well. I wouldn’t use a toner for the first 3 days, but after that you are able to resume your normal skin routine provided you skin is healed. You should always use sunscreen. I’m sorry you weren’t provided better directions from the facility that did your microneedling. Best of luck to you!

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Jackie

Hello,
I’ve been wanting to do Microneedling. Is it a safe procedure? How will it effect my face? I have minor acne and I lose some my eyebrow hairs.

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Lindsay Spires

microneedling is a very safe procedure, but be sure you have it done at a facility that had experience and will provide you with aftercare products and instructions. This is really key in getting the most out of your microneedling treatments. You will need a series of treatments if you are looking to improve your acne scars. We typically recommend 8-treatments for acne scars, spaced every 4 weeks. Results from microneedling are not immediate so you may not see the full result from each treatment for up to 6-weeks post treatment. I think you’ll really like this procedure. Go for a consultation and get more information to be sure this is the right procedure for you.

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Stephanie Williams

Hi, I just had my 3rd Micro-needling treatment and this time around I have two big dark burns on my cheeks. I know after she completes my treatments she applies I believe an acid serum to my face and it burns and she leaves it on for about 2 minutes my previous two times. This time she left it on for 3 minutes but each time it burns really bad. Is this normal procedure to apply the acid serum on the open wounds from the needles? The first two times I would have some dark spots and after about 72 hours they will peel off, this time I can tell it is starting to peel, but not as fast cause I am at 72 hours now and my cheeks are still covered with this dark burnt skin layer. I am just tired of everyone at work asking OMG what happened to your face as it has never been this bad after a treatment. I am doing the treatment for acne scarring. I think she went 2.0 MM this time and first time 1.0mm and second time 1.5mm. Thanks

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Lindsay Spires

Yikes. We don’t apply any acid to the skin after performing microneedling. We follow up with growth factor serum, hydracool serum and sHEALd balm. After wounding the skin you should nourish the skin to promote healing, that is our philosophy at least. Had you not mentioned the acid application I would have assumed you may have had a reaction to the numbing cream applied prior to treatment, but now I would definitely agree it is from whatever serum was applied and left on for 3 minutes following your treatment. I would be in contact with the person or clinic that performed your treatment and let them know what you are experiencing so that they aren’t as aggressive next time. We adjust the depth of penetration for different areas of the face, and we uses a stamping technique for acne scars. I’m not sure how you are caring for your skin right now, but my advise would be to keep it as hydrated as possible so that when the darkened areas do peel off you aren’t left with hypo-pigmentation and whatever you do don’t pick at the skin to peel it off, let it shed on its own. Best of luck to you.

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Natasha

Hello! I am having my first needling tomorrow and have a few questions, sorry to bombard you!
1. Can I exercise appx 24 hrs after treatment?
2. I use a vitamin c suspension 23% with hyaluronic spheres %2 (brand: the ordinary), when can I begin using again?
3. I use a resveretrol 3% with ferulic acid 3% (brand: the ordinary) when can I begin using this again?
4. When can I begin using mild AHA cleanser? (Brand: aspect dr)

I have been advised to use hyuloric acid and copper peptides post treatment, how often can I use these?

Thank you so much! 🙂

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Lindsay Spires

No make-up or exercise for the first 24 hours, after that you are fine to resume
I would wait to start back with your regular skincare routine. Give it 3 days after having your microneedling, then you can resume your normal skincare products including the AHA cleanser, vitamin C, resveretrol, etc.
You can use the hyaluronic acid and copper peptides are frequently as you need to in order to keep your skin well hydrated. Our patients typically use our post procedure skincare products for the first 3 days post procedure and then they resume their normal routine.

Best of luck to you!

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Linda

How soon after a microneedling procedure can you apply the antioxidant serum such as Vitamin C or Vitamin E for the skin healing process?

Thank you for your informative post, btw!

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Gen

Hi, just had my Microneedling (Mesotherapy) yesterday, and good thing, there is no more redness on my face now, though they didn’t give me any after care products that I can use. So they just advise me that I can just put moisturizer and sunscreen but no make up atleast 24 hrs. Is it correct? how about they said that I will come back after 2 weeks, is it enough time then? because my really concern is my open pores.

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Lindsay Spires

2 weeks is too soon to return for another microneedling treatment. I would wait 4 weeks. 1st cellular turnover takes about 30 days to cycle off. It’s best to treat once during that cellular turnover cycle. Definitely wait 24 hours to start using make up again. For the first 3 days keep your skin very well hydrated and don’t use any products with active ingredients. It’s ashame that every facility doesn’t provide aftercare products for use after microneedling. How you care for you skin afterward does effect results.

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Kattya Ramirez

I received a microneedling 3 days ago can i apply mineral 89 on my face to nourish my skin.?

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Mary Corcoran

Is there anything I can do to expedite the redness dissipating? I was told that sleeping with my head propped up would help. Anything else? Thank you very much!

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Lindsay Spires

The redness should dissipate quickly and after 24 hours you can apply make up which will also help to hide any lingering redness. Sleeping with your head propped up would help elevate swelling, but I don’t believe that will help with redness. Keeping the skin hydrated and nourished should heal it pretty quickly. The copper peptide spray we provide our patients helps with the redness as well.

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Anil

Hi, I have a microneedling done 3 days ago, still a little red on my cheeks and my chin start peeling. my main concern is my dark spots on both cheeks. can I just microneedling only on the cheeks where the dark spots are not the whole face?

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Lindsay Spires

The redness is normal, this can last for several days. It is super important to keep the skin well hydrated following microneedling, by doing so you may not experience any flaking or peeling. If you are looking to address dark spots you might consider a different skin treatment. Microneedling is really designed for anti-aging, improvement of acne scars and overall skin health as its primary purpose is collagen production. The VI Peel with Precision Plus might be a great option for you as it specifically addresses pigment. IPL is also something you could consider if you have a light skin tone. I would consult with your skin professional to see what they offer for pigmentation. Microneedling may not be the right procedure to address this for you. Best of luck to you.

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Chris

After microneedling the third day I got swelling on under my eyes and it’s getting blue now its 3 days already but still the sam swelling is there and it’s still blue. Could you please tell me why is swelling under my eyes I have not done even microneedling there

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Lindsay Spires

I would definitely contact the facility that did your microneedling treatment to see what they recommend. Without seeing it, it’s hard to say what you are experiencing. It could be a bruise. I really can’t advise on this. Swelling after microneedling is normal and one of the benefits to this procedure is that you can go all the way up to the bottom lash line and just over the brow bone which are delicate areas to treat. Perhaps your treatment was a bit too aggressive in that area. The depth of penetration is should be fairly shallow under the eye. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help. Best of luck to you!

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Evelyn

Hi, I got my microneedling treatment 2 days ago during broad daylight. After my aesthetician performed the procedure she wiped off all the blood and covered my face with some kind of tinted spf moisturizer (basically makeup/sunscreen). When I got home an hour later I wiped off the tinted moisturizer as told, but I didn’t have anything that could possibly remove the makeup except for clinique’s make up remover. So I put some of that on a cotton pad and used that to wipe the makeup off and it stung so bad I couldn’t resume cleaning off every bit of my face, I just rinsed with water. My face was still very raw from the procedure and I’m not sure how the chemicals from the makeup remover plus the additional makeup splotches on my face (that I couldn’t wipe off because it was too painful to rub it off) will affect the outcome. The idea of the chemicals/makeup seeping into the freshly wounded skin terrifies me and I’m concerned it can cause tinting of my skin after it has healed. Please let me know what you think about this!

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Lindsay Spires

gentle cleanser and tepid water are best to cleanse the skin following a microneedling treatment. The make up remover that you used may have a small amount of alcohol in it which caused it to sting. Odds are the tinted sunscreen will not heal into the skin, but going forward I would have them use just a basic mineral sunscreen free of tint. We can’t stress enough how much keeping the skin hydrated is, that can mean reapplying moisturizer periodically throughout the day for the first 3 days post treatment. How is your skin looking now? You may also mention to them that your skin felt very raw afterward, they may need to adjust their depth of penetration for your next treatment. Best of luck to you.

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