How to Treat Hyperpigmentation After Microneedling

How to Treat Microneedling Hyperpigmentation

Microneedling addresses various skin concerns, one of them being hyperpigmentation. Although this particular procedure is widely known for its ability to rejuvenate the skin and improve its texture, some people may experience microneedling hyperpigmentation after going through a treatment. 

Hyperpigmentation refers to the darkening of certain areas of the skin, typically caused by an excess production of melanin, the pigment responsible for the color of our skin. Sometimes it can show itself as spots, patches, or an overall uneven skin tone. Factors such as family history, sun exposure, hormonal changes, inflammation, and skin injuries are all risk factors for developing hyperpigmentation from microneedling.

What is MicroneedlingWhat is Microneedling

Microneedling is a treatment that involves creating controlled micro-injuries to the skin through a device with tiny sterile needles. This stimulates collagen production and promotes skin regeneration. While this process is generally safe and effective, there are sometimes side effects that can occur depending on each patient’s unique health history and situation. 

There is a chance that microneedling post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can occur in some individuals. This happens as a response to the way that the skin heals, leading to an overproduction of melanin in the treated areas.

Another very common skincare frustration that microneedling can treat is hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is not considered to be an actual skincare condition, but rather could be a sign of something else going on in the body or on the skin. 

Micro Needling for Melasma

For example, you may experience hyperpigmentation due to scarring from an injury or inflammation, such as acne. Another example of something that could cause hyperpigmentation is a condition known as melasma, which is seen most often as a result of hormonal changes in the body, such as being pregnant or on birth control pills. Typically, melasma goes away on its own over time. If you are sensitive to sunlight or taking medication that causes sensitivity to the sun, you may also develop hyperpigmentation.

Another term you may hear is simply just “skin discoloration” which is exactly what hyperpigmentation is. It refers to patches of skin that appear darker than the rest of the skin. Sometimes these patches are small, and other times they can take over large areas of the skin. For some, it can be very frustrating to have these large patches, causing embarrassment or self-consciousness. Microneedling can help to reduce the appearance of these patches of hyperpigmentation, helping to alleviate those negative feelings and increase self-esteem. 

Microneedling treatment aftermathThings to Remember After Microneedling Treatment

One thing to remember following a microneedling treatment is that your skin will be very sensitive. This is because the microneedling device is essentially damaging the skin, encouraging it to go into its natural state of healing in order to create new skin tissue in place of the treated skin. The device is equipped with very small and fine medical-grade needles that form micro-channels as they are rolled over the top layer of the skin. As the skin heals itself, it is very delicate. During the healing process, there are a few precautions to take to help ensure that you see the best results possible and avoid any potential damage to the skin.

To treat hyperpigmentation after microneedling has been done in order to reduce its appearance, protection from the sun is critical. You should make sure to wear an SPF that is at least 30, with broad spectrum protection and zinc oxide as its main active ingredient. If you are out in direct sunlight, wear a hat and sunglasses for protection, and don’t forget to reapply that sunscreen as needed.


Microneedling is a top skincare treatment for hyperpigmentation, as well as reducing the size and appearance of pores, skin blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also helps to plump the skin, even out texture and tone, and give an overall beautiful glow. 


Remember to always consult with a skincare professional to determine the most suitable approach for your skin type and concerns. When you are proactive about your skincare, it’s easier for the experts to do their job. Our team at Fox Vein & Laser Experts is here to help you achieve smoother, more radiant skin without the worry of post-treatment pigmentation issues.

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