Should You Apply Sunscreen After a Micro-Needling Treatment?

Micro-needling is a popular skincare treatment known for its ability to rejuvenate the skin, reduce the appearance of scars, and improve overall texture. However, post-treatment care is crucial to achieving the best results and ensuring your skin heals properly. One of the most common questions we get at Advanced Wellness is whether you should apply sunscreen after a micro-needling session. The answer is a resounding yes but not immediately after the treatment!

Why Sunscreen is Essential Post-Microneedling

  1. Protects Vulnerable Skin

Micro-needling creates tiny micro-injuries in the skin to stimulate collagen production and promote healing. These micro-injuries leave your skin temporarily more sensitive and vulnerable to external factors, especially UV radiation. Applying sunscreen immediately after the treatment is not recommended in order to prevent granuloma formation.  We ask you bring a hat to cover your face for leaving the spa and remain out of the sun.  You may apply sunscreen after 24 hours with a minimum of 30SPF which helps protect this delicate, healing skin from sunburn and damage.

  1. Prevents Hyperpigmentation

Exposure to the sun without protection can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). This condition causes dark spots to form on the treated areas, counteracting the benefits of micro-needling. Using sunscreen diligently helps prevent the development of these dark spots and ensures a more even skin tone.  In Addition to SPF, we ask you continue to wear hats or provide extra shade to your face especially while going through treatment. 

  1. Enhances Healing

The sun’s UV rays can interfere with the skin's natural healing process, causing inflammation and slowing down recovery. Sunscreen acts as a barrier against these harmful rays, allowing your skin to heal faster and more effectively.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen

After a micro-needling treatment, it's important to choose a sunscreen that is gentle and effective. Our recommended choice at Advanced Wellness is Pavise Daily Age Defense but if you are not able to get your hands on it, we recommend the following:

  1. Broad-Spectrum Protection

Ensure your sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection, meaning it shields your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deeply and can cause premature aging, while UVB rays are responsible for sunburn.

  1. SPF 30 or Higher

Opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. This level of protection helps to block out a significant portion of harmful UV rays, providing a safer environment for your healing skin.

  1. Mineral-Based Formulas

Mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are often recommended after micro-needling. These ingredients sit on the surface of the skin and reflect UV rays, making them less likely to cause irritation compared to chemical sunscreens. Coola Mineral Lotion.

  1. Fragrance-Free and Hypoallergenic

Choose sunscreens that are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic to minimize the risk of irritation or allergic reactions. Your skin is more sensitive after micro-needling, so gentle formulations are key. Such as Coola Classic Face Lotion – Fragrance Free.

How to Apply Sunscreen Post-Micro-needling

  1. Wait Until Initial Redness Subsides

Do not apply immediately after your micro-needling session, your skin will be red and sensitive. Wait for at least 24 hours or until the initial redness subsides before applying sunscreen. During this time, protect your skin by staying indoors or wearing a wide-brimmed hat if you need to go outside.

  1. Apply Generously and Evenly

When applying sunscreen, be generous and ensure even coverage over the entire treated area. Don’t forget commonly overlooked spots like the ears, neck, and the back of your hands.

  1. Reapply Regularly

Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you’re spending time outdoors. If you’re sweating or swimming, reapply more frequently to maintain protection.


Applying sunscreen 24 hours after a micro-needling treatment is essential for protecting your skin, preventing hyperpigmentation, and ensuring optimal healing. At Advanced Wellness, we emphasize the importance of post-treatment care to help you achieve the best possible results. By incorporating a high-quality sunscreen into your skincare routine, you can enjoy the benefits of micro-needling while keeping your skin safe and healthy.  Visit us at one of our locations, San Mateo, Carlsbad, Coronado or Sarasota

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