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Microneedling Aftercare: What to Expect and How to Care for Your Skin

If you're just coming off of a treatment, your skin is likely feeling pretty good. But it's important to know what to expect and how to care for your skin in order to get the most out of your treatment. In this blog post, we will discuss the process and give you some tips on how to take care of your skin post-treatment!

Prepare for microneedling, we ensure your comfort, safety and satisfaction.

Before you start your microneedling treatment, we will review your medical history and discuss your skin concerns. We'll also address any questions or concerns you may have. This process allows us to create a personalized treatment plan that ensures your comfort, safety and satisfaction.


The procedure itself is quick and gentle

The procedure itself is quick and gentle. There are no sharp needles, just the rolling motion of the microneedle tips to create micro-injuries in your skin. The rolling motion is gentle and does not hurt. You can go back to your normal activities right after the procedure if you want to.

There is no downtime associated with microneedling; however, some people may experience slight redness or flaking for a few days after their appointment as their body repairs itself from this treatment (and sometimes longer depending on how many areas were treated).


Microneedling takes about 30 minutes to perform

The procedure takes about 30 minutes to perform. This is an average, but it can vary based on how many treatment areas you have and the size of those areas. If you have a lot of acne scarring or stretch marks, for example, it may take longer for the practitioner to treat all of them. On the other hand, if your skin is smoother with fewer wrinkles or fine lines, then the treatment will probably go more quickly. You can read or listen to music during this time; many clients choose this option so that they can relax and enjoy themselves as their skin heals.

Afterwards, patients have some mild redness and swelling in the treated area

The most common side effects of microneedling are redness, swelling and bruising. These are normal reactions that usually resolve on their own over the following few days to weeks. The extent of these reactions (as well as how long they last) depends on which areas of your body were treated, as well as how many passes were done.

Redness and swelling can be comparable to having an active day at the beach—it's not going to look pretty but it's not something that will keep you out of commission for more than a few days either. Some patients may experience some itching or burning immediately after treatment; if this occurs please contact our office so we can give you advice on treating it at home while it heals!

This is comparable to a day at the beach or a minor sunburn

It's important to understand that your skin will be red, swollen and slightly itchy. This is normal and should go away within a few days. If you experience any discomfort or have any questions, please contact us.

Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if needed, but remember not to take aspirin because it can thin the blood and cause bleeding when combined with microneedling.

It typically lasts one to two days

The redness and swelling that you experience after microneedling typically last one to two days. The duration of this side effect will depend on the depth of the treatment, as well as your skin type.

If you have very fair skin, you may find yourself with a bit more post-treatment redness than someone with darker complexions. Skin types such as oily or acne-prone skin tend to experience longer recovery times than those who have drier or sensitive skin–but all types should expect some level of swelling and sensitivity after treatment.

Your skin might feel a little scratchy when you touch it but this feeling also doesn't last long.

Don't worry, this feeling doesn't last long. After microneedling, your skin might be a little red and feel slightly itchy or scratchy. That's normal! It usually only lasts for a few hours and can be treated by applying a healing cream to the area on top of your moisturizer (if you're using one).

If you have sensitive skin that tends to get irritated easily, though, it may be best to avoid any topical creams after treatment. If you do decide to use any topical products, try searching online for “microneedle aftercare” or ask your aesthetician which product would work best with your skin type before treatment begins.

We will give you specific instructions on how to care for your skin following treatment, as well as a topical healing cream that you can apply at home.

To care for your skin after microneedling, we will give you specific instructions on how to use the healing cream. We recommend that you apply the cream to your face and leave it on for at least 10 minutes. Repeat once daily for two to three days.

Avoid the treated area when washing your face and avoid going out in the sun for 24 hours after treatment.

With proper aftercare, it's easy to ensure that microneedling has the most positive effects possible on your treated skin.

Microneedling aftercare is an essential part of the process. It's a good idea to follow these guidelines to ensure that your skin recovers as quickly and efficiently as possible.

  • Don't pick at the treated skin.
  • Avoid using alcohol-based products on your face for at least 24 hours after microneedling treatment, because these can cause irritation and inflammation in the treated areas of your skin (and may also interfere with healing).
  • Avoid applying products that contain retinol or salicylic acid for up to 48 hours after treatment, as they can trigger inflammation in those who are sensitive to them—and inflammation causes redness and swelling, which is exactly what you want to avoid after getting microdermabrasion! Additionally, avoid applying alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid or lactic acid for 2 weeks after treatment because this could cause too much exfoliation right away; instead, opt for gentle cleansers only until you're ready for more aggressive exfoliation again later on down the line.”


With proper microneedling aftercare, it's easy to ensure that it has the most positive effects possible on your treated skin. Your results will continue to improve over the next few days, and we will be here for you every step of the way. If at any point during this process you have questions or concerns about what is happening with your skin – don't hesitate to give us a call and visit Skink by Kindra! We'd love to hear from you.