How to Remove Dead Skin After Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves using a small device with tiny needles to create tiny punctures in the skin.

It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, two essential proteins that keep the skin firm, smooth, and supple.

Microneedling Benefits for Face

Here are some of the microneedling benefits for face:

  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improves skin texture and tone.
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation.
  • Enhances product absorption.

What is Dead Skin?

DFA defines dead skin as the skin that is always shedding and replacing with new cells. The dead skin is rough, dry, dull, scaly, and appears white it usually sheds itself at a microscopic level daily. Normally around 30-40 thousand skin cells are shed on a daily basis.

Importance of Removing Dead Skin After Microneedling

DFA states that it is important to remove dead skin after microneedling to avoid potential adverse effects. If dead skin is not removed after microneedling, it can potentially:

  • Clog pores
  • Lead to acne breakouts
  • Infections and other skin problems

Dead skin cells can also interfere with the absorption of topical treatments that are typically applied after microneedling to enhance the results of the treatment.

If Dead Skin is Not Removed?

Additionally, leaving dead skin on the surface of the skin can interfere with the healing process, leading to:

  • Slower results
  • Increasing the risk of scarring

Therefore, ensuring that your dermatologist exfoliates the dead skin after the procedure is important.

Removing Dead Skin After Microneedling

When it comes to removing dead skin after microneedling Dr. Fazeela Abbasi is best at doing so she ensures for every patient that the dead skin after the procedure is removed completely and effectively.

Options to Remove Dead Skin

There are many options to remove dead skin but exfoliation is the best among them.

Though the selection of the method is usually done by considering the skin type and condition, exfoliation does not suit everyone.

1. Exfoliation

The most common technique used at DFA is to remove the dead skin from the face by exfoliation after you treat your skin following microneedling. It’s advisable to limit exfoliation to just a few times weekly, ensuring you give your skin ample time to heal before exfoliating again. Exfoliating excessively, might irritate your skin, promote oil production, and even induce breakouts.

2. Facial Cleansing Brush

DFA uses a facial cleansing brush as a skincare tool designed to provide a deeper and more thorough skin cleansing. It typically features soft bristles or silicone brush heads that rotate or vibrate to remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.

3. Salt Scrub

Salt scrubs are another option DFA recommends, these are a type of exfoliating skincare product that is used to remove dead skin cells and impurities from the skin. The salt crystals work to physically scrub away dead skin cells, while the oils help to nourish and soften the skin.

4. Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrub is just similar to salt scrub and works by soothing the skin and giving it a gentle look.

5. Chemical Peel

This is one of the most expensive methods of peeling the skin off the surface. This is done to remove the dead cells from the skin’s surface. As you rub off the skin it forms a small clump and the rest would be removed with the help of a cloth.


Once the microneedling is done it is important to remove the skin which appears dead and dry. After 4 to 5 days of microneedling dry skin starts to appear on the face.

Therefore, it is important to remove it before the skin cracking and shedding appear. Exfoliation is important to prevent infections.


1. What are the Dangers of Microneedling?

Microneedling devices often pose risks of skin damage, such as bleeding, bruising, redness, tightness, itching, and peeling. Usually, these issues resolve on their own, requiring no treatment, and disappear within a few days to weeks.

2. How Soon Can I Wash My Face After Microneedling?

After the microneedling treatment wait at least four hours to wash your face. Your skin may feel warm and tight and look red for one to three days.

3. Does Skin Dry After Microneedling?

Skin usually dries after microneedling but it becomes normal within a few days. Therefore, if someone deals with dry scaly skin after microneedling then you need not worry about this being normal.

4. How to Keep Your Face Moisturized After Microneedling?

It is necessary to moisturize the skin after the procedure without moisturizing your dead skin will continue building up.

It is important to hydrate and moisturize the skin which helps speed up healing the scars provides nutrients to the follicles stimulates collagen growth, and regulates skin oil production.

5. Can I Use Skincare Products After Microneedling?

Yes, you can use skincare products after microneedling, but be sure to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your dermatologist.

6. When Can I Resume Normal Activities After Microneedling?

Most individuals can resume normal activities after microneedling and avoid strenuous exercise or sun exposure, for the first 24-48 hours.

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