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Microneedling Aftercare: Get the most out of your treatment

microneedling aftercare get the most out of your treatment

Microneedling is a form of collagen induction therapy which is a great way to fade acne scars, fine lines, and keep skin looking youthful overall.  

We’ll discuss more details about microneedling and what important microneedling aftercare steps to take so you can take care of your skin after your microneedling session. 

Benefits Of Microneedling

There are numerous benefits of microneedling such as: 

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling (1) is known as collagen induction therapy.  It’s where several clean micro needles are pressed into the skin. This procedure is done to improve the appearance of acne scars by increasing collagen production by creating  microholes on the skin. Microneedling is often done by a professional in a clinical environment however home options with shorter needles like the ones from Banish are available too.

Microneedling works by making controlled micro skin injuries.  The body will respond to these injuries by sending collagen and elastin to heal the “injured” area. In other words, the collagen and elastin will not only heal the damaged area but also the areas around it, eventually smoothing out acne scars, and diminishing fine lines by promoting elasticity in the skin and repairing the skin’s foundation 

Microneedling is mostly used on the face and may treat various scars (except keloid scars).  

Microneedling Aftercare 

For in office microneedling treatments, your doctor would provide detailed aftercare instructions on what to do after microneedling, so make sure you follow all aftercare instructions they provide you with. 

During the initial microneedling session, it is normal for skin to become a little red. 

If you are doing microneedling yourself, these aftercare guidelines below can be followed. 

Microneedling aftercare tips:

Do Use:

Make Sure To Avoid:


Here are things you may expect after getting your microneedling treatment done during the healing process.

Skin tends to get rid after microneedling which is a normal side effect. The redness will last a few hours and tends to go away by the next day.  Other common side effects could include some tingling sensation, and skin may feel a little bit drier as it’s healing and exfoliating. 


There may be some of the questions that pop into your mind every time you hear about microneedling. 

Can I microneedle over active acne?

No, do not microneedle over active acne, I repeat do NOT microneedling over acne acne. Make sure you avoid active acne – including blackheads and whiteheads –  do not derma roll or microneedle if you have active acne.  This can cause bacteria to spread.

Can I Microneedle while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Microneedling itself isn’t recommended while pregnant because the healing process may take away some resources in the body on repairing skin. 

Are microneedling results permanent?

Yes, it is to an extent. Given that the skin continues to age, we must continue to take care of skin as maintenance.  However, the results are permanent unlike fillers which dissolve over time.  

How long is the downtime?

Home microneedling is considered a no downtime treatment. You can already apply makeup the next day after using the Banisher, but please wait at least 8 hours before doing so.

Microneedling at home should have a rest period of 1-2 weeks so your skin has time to heal before doing another session. 

In office microneedling may have a downtime of 3-7 days depending on your procedure and how aggressive it was. 

A great microneedling aftercare routine is going to make the biggest difference in your skin. Radiant, glowing skin with a reduction in acne scars can be achieved when you make the commitment to taking care of your skin  when following all the instructions of your microneedling tool with the proper aftercare. 

Taking care of your skin after microneedling can make a huge difference in the results you get. Not only will proper aftercare give better results, but you’ll also be protecting your skin from damage as it heals.

Results will still vary from person to person so it requires patience as well.  While acne scars may still remain, they can be improved and remember that there is no such thing as perfection!

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