Microdermabrasion is a process that involves polishing the top layer of your skin with tiny crystals. These are often made from aluminum oxide. Most people use diamond tips, but some doctors create microdermabrasion devices using less expensive materials or even replace the crystals with sandpaper-like disks.
How Microdermabrasion Works
After you’ve treatment with microdermabrasion, your skin will feel and look softer and smoother.
However, microdermabrasion is not meant to be an alternative to regular exfoliation, which you should continue along with your acne treatment regimen. It cannot unclog pores nor reduce oil production or improve circulation as other treatments can. However, it has been shown to help some people with scarring because the crystals that are used during the process gently remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.
Microdermabrasion has many benefits, including:
- Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.
- Helps heal sun damage, acne scars, age spots, and uneven skin tone.
- Removes blackheads by stripping oil from the outermost layer of skin cells.
- Helps to induce skin rejuvenation and regeneration by stimulating new cell growth.
- Can help reduce scarring.
Sunscreen should always be applied after a microdermabrasion treatment, and your doctor may advise you to stay out of the sun for some time following treatment. It is worth noting that these side effects are considered rare, but they do exist. While we can’t say whether any particular person will experience them, we can tell you what some doctors report as common experiences with patients who undergo this skincare procedure. Microdermabrasion can remove layers of dead skin cells from an individual’s face, making a face more sensitive to sun exposure and sunburn. Most patients who have undergone microdermabrasion report a noticeable glow as one of its benefits, but it can also make skin more delicate.