My Experience with Microneedling After a Setback from Musely's The Spot Cream

My Experience with Microneedling After a Setback from Musely's The Spot Cream

If you have been following my healthy skin journey, you may have seen that I had a major setback due to Musely's The Spot Cream causing irritation, enlarged, clogged pores, rashes, and white and blackheads.

Due to the skin inflammation, I developed dark spots and scars all over my face!

I am so devastated that my progress all went down the tubes!

Before doing Microneedling

I can't believe Musely's The Spot Cream would do this to my skin! It didn't at first, but I think one of the bottles I received from Musely was too potent, or my skin decided it didn't like The Spot Cream anymore and had an allergic reaction.

I gave myself a 3-month break before using Musely again, and I guess my skin reacted badly to it.

Don't get me wrong, Musely's The Spot Cream is a great product and works wonders, but I recommend using it on one spot to see if you're allergic to it before putting it all over your face.

I asked my esthetician about what treatments would help me with the scarring Musely left behind after I was off of the cream for over a month, and she suggested microneedling.

What is Microneedling? 

Microneedling is a cosmetic procedure that involves using tiny needles to create small punctures on the skin. The purpose of this procedure is to stimulate the body's natural healing process, which can increase collagen production and improve skin texture.

This procedure can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation.

It is typically done in a dermatologist or esthetician's office and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the treatment area.

When my esthetician told me this, I felt my skin crawl, knowing that needles would stab into my skin. Plus, I have a fear of needles.

But she told me that the needles are so thin that I wouldn't even feel them, mainly because she uses a numbing cream.

So, I put on my big girl panties and decided to face my fear; I'm going to try microneedling.

When it comes to microneedling service, there are before and after care you must follow.

Microneedling Before Care

  • No oral antibiotics at least ten days before service

  • No Retin-A products 24 hours before service

  • No auto-immune therapies or products within 24 hours before service

  • No prolonged sun exposure to the face 24 hours before service.

  • No taking blood thinners, aspirin, or any other medication that can make you bleed easily. If you must take these medications, consult your doctor before microneedling.

  • Drink lots of water before treatment.

Microneedling Aftercare

  • Use a gentle cleanser with no actives to cleanse the face for 72 hours, and pat dry. Always make sure your hands are clean before touching the treated area.

  • Do not take any inflammatory medicines for at least two weeks.

  • No makeup or sunscreen for 24 hours. And once you do start using makeup again, ensure makeup products and brushes are clean.

  • After 24 hours, apply a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. A chemical-free sunscreen is highly recommended.

What to Avoid after Microneedling?

  • For at least three days after microneedling, do not use any alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, retinal (vitamin A), vitamin C, or anything that is an active skincare ingredient.

  • Avoid using tanning beds, swimming, or exercising for 24 hours.

My First Experience with Microneedling and Review

It seems like a lot of rules to follow, huh?

But I didn't care; I wanted my face to be free from the dark marks, rashes, and scarring.

At my MedSpa, their microneedle is a SkinPen. SkinPen is one of the most popular and widely used microneedling devices on the market, and it is FDA-approved for safety and effectiveness.

Before my esthetician started, she used a numbing cream all over my face and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Here comes the scary SkinPen!

The SkinPen reminds me of a tattoo pen for some reason; it's loud like one, which makes me uneasy.

I was nervous when the SkinPen was used on my face because I thought it would hurt.

Yes, in some areas of my face, I did feel the needle, but not pain, just an uncomfortable feeling.

My esthetician told me if I do this service again, I'll need to use numbing cream for a much longer time before the service and also bring some headphones so I don't hear the pen.

After first SkinPen Microneedling Session

Immediately after microneedling, my face was red and felt hot, similar to a sunburn. Also, my skin felt tighter.

After a couple of days, my skin lightly peeled around my chin area. And also, the redness faded away.

Few Weeks after SkinPen Microneedling

Within a few weeks, my skin was much softer and firmer. However, my dark marks and scars didn't fade much. Plus, my skin started to purge, causing more acne and blemishes.

I decided I would give a chemical peel a try again.


  • Microneedling can be painless if a numbing cream is applied before the procedure.

  • Microneedling helps with fine lines and wrinkles; you will see results within a couple of days.

  • Facial procedures typically involve some downtime, but this one has less downtime compared to other facial procedures.


  • You will need several microneedling sessions to see improvement in dark marks and acne scars.

  • Microneedling can make your skin purge.

  • The SkinPen is loud, so you may need headphones to tune out the noise.

  • Your face will be very red right after treatment.

  • Microneedling is expensive! At my MedSpa, the cost is $350 per session, but since I'm a member there, I paid $175.

Is Microneedling Worth It?

I think microneedling is worth it if you're looking for smoother skin, but there are better options like prescription-grade Hydroquinone for fading dark marks and acne scars.

It's best to see a professional if you're having skincare concerns.

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  1. This is not good, I hope you recovered!

    1. Thanks Sis! Since I did a chemical peel, my face looks better, and spots are much more lighter.

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