December 6, 2018
Microdermabrasion is a mild, effective, and pain-free option for skin exfoliation. Also called a diamond or a lunchtime peel, this process is effective for many different skin issues, including discoloration, scars, and acne. Many people who suffer from acne problems use microdermabrasion to minimize damage, lines, and scars to obtain healthier, more radiant skin.
How Does Microdermabrasion Treat Acne?
People who receive microdermabrasion for acne and acne scars can look forward to the procedure knowing that it is fast and noninvasive. It also does not utilize lasers, contrary to popular belief, so it is not at all painful.
The process of microdermabrasion involves crystals being pumped into a high-pressure stream on the affected area, which exfoliates the skin. The exfoliated skin and crystals are then removed using a vacuum. The procedure can be done very quickly and usually only takes about 30 minutes or so to complete.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Microdermabrasion for Acne Treatment?
The best candidates for this process are people with mild acne, skin discoloration, or marks on the skin caused by acne and superficial scars. The process is not considered as effective for those with deeper scars caused by acne. Though microdermabrasion treatments usually focus on the face, the process can also be used to remove acne and acne scars from the back, chest, neck, or other areas of the body.
Why Isn’t Microdermabrasion a Good Choice for Treating Deep Acne Scars?
Unfortunately, deeper acne scars aren’t usually as easy to treat with microdermabrasion. The process is minimally invasive and mild, which means it can’t affect deep-rooted scars or acne problems.
Microdermabrasion is meant to treat mild issues around the surface level of one’s skin. If you try to use it to treat deeper issues, it may take multiple sessions over a long period of time, which is why a more invasive procedure like surgical dermabrasion or laser treatment is a better choice.
What Are the Benefits of Using Microdermabrasion for Acne?
Not everyone is a good candidate for microdermabrasion for acne treatment, but many people are-especially those with mild acne or superficial acne scars. Having microdermabrasion has a number of benefits for reducing acne and keeping it at bay, such as
- Reducing the size of pores
- Removing blackheads
- Increasing circulation
- Increasing blood flow
- Increasing cell metabolism
- Increasing efficiency of elastin and collagen
Many people also use topical products for acne. The process of microdermabrasion can actually magnify the results of these products. Because topicals permeate deeper into the layers of one’s skin, they often work even better after the procedure, creating more visible and longer-lasting effects.
How Often Will I Need Microdermabrasion Treatments for Acne?
Typically, the first few sessions should occur over several weeks, with the first session occurring on week one, the second on week two, and so on. After the third session, most patients only need routine maintenance, which usually means a session about once every month or so to keep skin looking healthy, radiant, and acne-free. If you choose, you may want to keep using a topical acne cream between microdermabrasion procedures for the reasons listed above.
Are There Any Side Effects Associated with Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is extremely safe and mild. Most people can start receiving the treatment monthly after the first few procedures. As such, there aren’t many side effects associated with this option. However, every procedure does have potential issues that can occur in certain cases.
After the treatment, it’s important to remember you should take very good care of one’s skin. The skin is more sensitive after being exfoliated, so be sure to avoid going out in the sun and getting sunburned. It is much easier to get burned after the procedure as well, so wear sunscreen and cover the area while outside. Wearing a hat is often a good precaution.
Also, the crystals used in the procedure sometimes cause irritation if they get into the eyes. This can be prevented with the use of protective eyewear.
The most common side effect for the first week after the first treatment is your acne may worsen. However, the appearance of acne minimizes quickly and patients start to see favorable results with fewer acne problems.
Do You Want to Learn More About Microdermabrasion?
If you have acne and want to find out if you’re a good candidate for microdermabrasion, call 972-258-7464 today. We will schedule a consultation for you at Smart New You and answer any other questions you may have about the procedure.