Aftercare For Microneedling

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Microneedling involves more than just understanding the procedure—it demands informed decisions for optimal post-treatment care.

In this article, we will explore the recovery expectations, the dos and don’ts of microneedling aftercare, impact of post-microneedling dietary choices.

We will also cover the skin care products to use and not to use after the treatment, and whether you should opt for high frequency facial after microneedling.

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Enola Walker is an expert in the realm of high-frequency treatments. Her expertise lies not only in understanding the complexities of high frequency treatments but also in simplifying these techniques for everyone.

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What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a device equipped with fine needles to create tiny, controlled punctures on the skin’s surface. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing processes, prompting the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential for skin rejuvenation.

The procedure is effective in addressing various skin concerns, including:

  • fine lines
  • wrinkles
  • acne scars
  • uneven skin texture.

Microneedling can be performed by trained professionals in a clinical setting, and it offers a relatively quick and safe way to enhance skin texture and promote a more youthful appearance.

Microneedling Aftercare Do’s & Don’ts:

Here is what to do and what not to do following a miconeedling treatment:

Microneedling Aftercare TipsDo’sDon’ts
Immediate Post-TreatmentKeep the treated area clean and avoid touching it unnecessarily.Avoid applying makeup or skincare products for the first few hours.
Up to 24 HoursApply a recommended post-treatment serum or moisturizer.Avoid direct sun exposure and use sunscreen if necessary.
1-2 DaysGently cleanse the skin with a mild, non-abrasive cleanser.Do not engage in strenuous exercise or activities that cause excessive sweating.
2-3 DaysStay hydrated and avoid hot baths or saunas.Avoid picking at any flaking skin; let it naturally exfoliate.
3-4 DaysUse a gentle moisturizer to alleviate any dryness.Avoid harsh skincare products containing acids or retinoids.
4-5 DaysContinue sun protection with SPF; wear a hat if outdoors.Do not undergo additional cosmetic procedures without professional approval.
After Full RecoveryGradually reintroduce skincare products; follow professional recommendations.Avoid excessive sun exposure and use SPF regularly.
Long-TermFollow up with recommended maintenance treatments as advised.Avoid smoking, as it can hinder the skin’s healing and rejuvenation.

These aftercare tips provide a clear guide on what to do and what to avoid at different stages of microneedling recovery, promoting optimal healing and long-term skin benefits.

What to Expect After The Treatment?

Here are the after-effects of microneedling:

  • 0-60 Minutes: Reddening and possible spot bleeding; pores remain open.
  • Up to 24 Hours: Rash, red dots, and minor swelling persist; skin pores may still be open.
  • 1-2 Days: Rash, red dots, reduced swelling, minor itching, and a dry/tight sensation may be present.
  • 2-3 Days: Reduced rash, fading of red dots, dissipated swelling, reduced itching, and minor skin flaking.
  • 3-4 Days: Potential slight dryness may be experienced.
  • 4-5 Days: Full recovery with normalized skin function.
  • 3 Weeks: Improvement in pigmentation begins.
  • 4-6 Weeks: Noticeable improvements in lines, wrinkles, and scarring may begin to manifest.
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Skin Care Products to Use or Avoid

Products to Use After Microneedling:

  • Gentle Cleanser
  • Post-treatment serum or Moisturizer: (hyaluronic acid or a specialized post-microneedling moisturizer)
  • Sunscreen: (broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30)

Products to Avoid After Microneedling:

  • Harsh Skincare Products: (e.g., alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids), retinoids, or strong active ingredients that can irritate)
  • Makeup
  • Alcohol-Based Products (Avoid toners or astringents that contain alcohol)
  • Fragranced Products (as they may cause sensitivity or irritation)

Note: Always follow the specific post-microneedling care instructions provided by your skincare professional, as individual recommendations may vary based on the type of microneedling procedure and your skin’s unique needs.

What Not to Eat After Microneedling?

After microneedling, it’s advisable to avoid foods that can potentially cause inflammation or irritation.

Avoid spicy, hot, or heavily seasoned foods, as they may exacerbate redness and sensitivity.

Additionally, try to minimize the consumption of acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, as they can be harsh on the skin. Opt for a diet rich in hydrating and nourishing foods, like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, to support the skin’s healing process.

Lastly, limit alcohol and caffeine intake, as these substances can contribute to dehydration, hindering the recovery of the treated skin. Remember to stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water to promote overall skin health.

Is It Ok to Shower After Microneedling?

Yes, it is generally okay to shower after microneedling, but it’s essential to be mindful of the water temperature and avoid hot showers for the first 24 hours.

Hot water can increase skin redness and sensitivity. Use lukewarm water and a mild, non-abrasive cleanser to gently wash the treated area. Pat the skin dry with a clean towel, avoiding any rubbing or friction.

High Frequency Facial After Microneedling:

Combining high-frequency facial treatments with microneedling is generally not recommended immediately after the microneedling procedure. Microneedling creates micro-injuries in the skin, and the skin needs time to heal and recover. Introducing high-frequency treatments immediately afterward may cause additional irritation and disrupt the healing process.

It’s advisable to wait for the recommended healing period, which is usually a few days to a week after microneedling, before considering other facial treatments, including high-frequency treatments.

Always consult with your skincare professional or dermatologist for personalized advice based on your skin type, the specific microneedling procedure performed, and your overall skincare goals.


In summary, getting the most out of microneedling means being clear and sure about what to do. Knowing how the procedure works, taking care of your skin afterward, and picking the right skincare steps are key for good results. This guide has given you the basics, showing you the simple way to succeed with microneedling.

Just listen to your skincare pro, stick to the aftercare tips, and optimize microneedling for fresh and glowing skin.

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About Me

I started learning about Cosmetology for aging, beauty, HF, and Manipulation in Cosmetics from UniCamp and in fancy salons and spas, where I got really good at using high-frequency treatments for faces, beards, and hair. After spending a lot of time doing hands-on work, I decided to share what I know with everyone. Now, I'm like a friendly expert, helping people understand and use HF treatments without any confusion.