Microneedling has gained major attention and even has become a very trendy treatment within the beauty industry. Even the name “microneedle” already sounds pretty intimidating. The idea of microneedles has made many beauty goers curious and scared. This is a treatment that many celebrities and influencers swear by, and there is plenty of content on social media about happy clients sharing their experience with getting the treatment.

So, what exactly is microneedling? Microneedling is a treatment that uses small needles to make hundreds of punctures in the skin. While the treatment may sound like it does far more harm than good, it’s quite the opposite really. The biggest question of all that sparks curiosity is whether or not this beauty treatment is painful.

Is microneedling painful?

The procedure isn’t overly painful. It can be a little bit uncomfortable as the outermost layer of the skin is pricked with microneedles. These needles are working to promote collagen formation and skin regrowth. Usually, there is some irritation and skin redness after the procedure has ended, and within 24 hours it clears up. This is one of the most common side effects that clients tend to receive.

Are there ways to minimize the discomfort and pain of microneedling?

While microneedling is known for being uncomfortable, it’s only painful if the client is overly sensitive to pain or if the professional is performing the procedure incorrectly. A topical anesthetic is used for numbing the skin. This will help in making the treatment far more comfortable. The punctures in the skin are made with sharp needles, but they don’t puncture the skin very deep. This leads to the skin getting healed within several days.

Is there anything I can do before the procedure to minimize the pain?

Even before the beauty treatment begins, there are a variety of things the client can do to help prevent the possibility of pain or prolong the inflammation once the procedure is completed. Some things that can be done can include:

  • Avoid shaving or waxing for one week before the treatment
  • Avoid direct contact with the sun
  • Have a healthy diet that should include vitamins such as A, C, and D.
  • Avoid any harsh cleansers or exfoliants
  • Avoid retinoids, as they increase skin sensitivity

Following these guidelines should help out in preventing any pain from occuring.

What should a client do after the procedure to minimize pain?

Before beginning your microneedling procedure, it’s best to first talk to your doctor about this and whether or not they can recommend this based on your medical history. If you’re prescribed or recommended any topical creams or lotions, then it’s best to use them to keep your skin moisturized. Moisturizing your skin will help you out in reducing inflammation. For the first two to three days, you’ll want to avoid washing your face, wearing makeup, or going in any direct sunlight. Doing so will prolong the inflammation of your skin which will extend the pain and discomfort.

  • Use lukewarm water for the first 48 to 72 hours to wash your face
  • Avoid any exfoliants the first weak after the procedure
  • Apply sunscreen when having to go outside
  • Avoid harsh cleansers the first week of the procedure as well

Knowing what to do and what to avoid after your microneedling treatment will help in shortening the time of inflammation and discomfort.