What Skincare Can I Use After Microneedling?

November 20, 2020 6 min read 0 Comments


Do you know what skincare products you can use and have to avoid after going through the microneedling process?

Microneedling is a collagen boosting treatment or process recommended by dermatologists, but the products you use after the treatment will affect the results. There are certain skincare products you can use after microneedling and ones you have to avoid after microneedling

But before we move further to that, let me give you a review or recap of what microneedling is.


Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy. It's based on the 1950's cosmetic treatment called mesotherapy. Microneedling is a non-invasive procedure where several sterile micro needles are pressed into the skin. Microneedling is often performed by skin specialists or dermatologists to improve the appearance of acne scars and it takes several hours to prepare for and undergo.

The practice dates back to 1995 but has gained significant traction in recent years thanks to new technology—and to YouTube and Instagram. The mesmerizing process is seen in tens of thousands of videos

“Microneedling in some form has been practiced for more than 20 years.“As the devices have gotten more powerful and adjunctive therapies like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) have developed, microneedling has become a greater part of the skin care practices of most aesthetic professionals.” – Dr. Manish Shah, plastic surgeon in Denver, Colorado

Why microneedling?

Microneedling involves using fine needles to prick your skin and create tiny holes to produce or increase collagen. Whether the process hurts or not depends on your pain tolerance.

How Does Microneedling Work?

Benefits of Microneedling

  • Eliminates fine lines, wrinkles or loose skin
  • Prevents formation of dark spots
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation
  • Increase the skin’s collagen
  • Repairs skin damage
  • Reduces acne scars
  • Lessens appearance of stretch marks

Microneedling also works by treating burn scars, surgical scars, sun damage, melasma, sagging skin, large pores due to collagen loss, and hair loss by triggering collagen and elastin synthesis.

According to theAmerican Academy of Dermatology, microneedling works best for depressed — not raised — acne scars. This has to do with the collagen-inducing effects. If you have raised acne scars, you already have excess collagen in the area - although microneedling could help break down that scar tissue, as long as you don't have keloid scars.

Microneedling is one of the most effective treatments that can help you resolve several skin issues at the same time. 


The skincare you use post microneedling is important, given that your skin may be sensitized after microneedling, especially if you've had it done in a clinic. The microneedling process may cause a temporary injury to your skin’s barrier, making it more vulnerable to potentially sensitizing ingredients such as fragrance, acids and retinoids.

Here are a few skincare products to use after a microneedling treatment:

  • Skin Prep Pads and Sprays
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Peptides
  • Ceramides
  • Zinc
  • SPF
  • Gentle formulated serums

1) Skin Prep Pads And Sprays - If you are doing microneedling at home, a clean tool and a clean canvas are your first priority. Cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser like theAll Clear Mint Cleanser and then give it a wipe over with an antimicrobial mist or pad to ensure skin clean.

2) Hyaluronic Acid - Hyaluronic acid is the ultimate ingredient to look out for and apply post-microneedling. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body. Given that hyaluronic acid is a hydrating ingredient that replenishes skin, it’s just what the derm ordered, and the microneedling process will optimize product absorption to maximize the action of any hyaluronic acid-based serum or treatment that you apply post microneedling.

3) Peptides - Peptides are the amino acid chains that build up protein and other components of our skin.  “Without peptides, skin doesn’t remain intact and the result is loss of firmness, appearance of wrinkles, texture changes, and skin that doesn’t bounce back as it once did.” – Paula Begoun

4) Ceramides - Ceramides can help protect skin after potential barrier damage from microneedling.  Ceramides make up 50 per cent of the uppermost layer of your skin and are the fatty acids that help to both keep the skin barrier intact and help it to hold onto moisture/

5) Zinc - Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, zinc has been shown to balance the skin’s microbiome and was originally used in ancient Greek wound-healing treatments, so it’s got quite some pedigree where skin-soothing is concerned.  

 6) SPF - Choose a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 and ensure you opt for a gentle, fragrance-free formula and a physical sunscreen is advised over a chemical sunscreen.  


While there are products that can help with your skin after microneedling, there are also certain products that you need to avoid.

Harmful products to avoid are the following:

  • Retinol
  • Makeup
  • Strong exfoliating acids

1) Retinol - Vitamin A and its derivatives may be one of the only concretely proven rejuvenating skin care ingredients out there, but retinol is potent, and can be irritating. Approach with caution as far as using it after microneedling goes.  

2) Makeup – You need to allow at least 24 hours after going through a microneedling treatment before you could apply makeup again since you wouldn't want these potential pore clogging or skin irritating ingredients sinking deeper into the skin. 

3) Strong exfoliating products - Use your exfoliating products that contain AHA’s like lactic, glycolic, or mandelic acids either the day before you want to derma roll or microneedle, and at least 2 days after a session with the Banisher.  Acids like Vitamin C can potentially be sensitizing too for some people, so you should use one that is naturalor formulated to be gentle to avoid irritation. 

Banish also comes with an excellent exfoliating product called the Pumpkin Enzyme Masque which works great in your weekly skincare routine to diminish dark spots and acne scars - this mask should not be used until after 2-3 days have passed after using the Banisher. 


Banish has your microneedling aftercare needs including the Banish Oil, Banish Vitamin C Crème.

1)Banish Oil - TheBanish Oil is a natural Vitamin C Serum formulated without silicones, or dyes. Made with the most potent form of Vitamin C: L-ascorbic acid that is effective, yet in a concentration that is not likely to cause much irritation. The Banish Oil hydrates dry skin with a humectant glycerin base. 

How To Use: Apply 2-4 drops daily and pat into clean skin. Can be applied after using the Banisher. Best used in the evening. Store in a dark cool area.

2)Banish Vitamin C Creme - OurVitamin C Creme is a light plant based hydrating cream concentrated with 20% of a stable form of Vitamin C to reverse dark spots and skin damage. It can help reduce the appearance of dark marks, firm skin, improves evenness of skin tone and hydrates your skin without leaving a filmy, heavy or greasy residue.

Apply a small pea sized dab daily on clean skin and massage in.

Does microneedling damage the skin?

The mechanism of microneedling is utilizing human skins’ natural reactions to micro-wounds, healing, and producing collagen, to improve acne scars and fine lines. Since it’s all based on the reversible nature of human skin, with the proper method of application, microneedling does not cause long term damage to the skin. The microchannels were created to heal and close up within a couple of hours. 

Who can try microneedling?

What’s more is that microneedling is less expensive than laser treatments and may work better for people with dark skin.

 There are several different sizes of microneedles in the market. Each length has a different function. Longer needles (1 mm or longer) are usually used in professional microneedling treatments since they are more dangerous and can reach the deeper levels of skin that contain nerves and blood vessels so it's best for a professional to use those tools. 

Applying the right skin care products and knowing which ones to avoid after microneedling will help improve your skin heal and get the greatest benefits after going through a microneedling process.

Have you had microneedling done before? 

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