Can a Professional Microdermabrasion Treatment Help My Acne?

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Answered by: christine, An Expert in the Skin Care Category
Professional Microdermabrasion treatments done in your dermatologist's office, skin care spa or other professional setting utilize a specialized resurfacing/vacuum-suction machine with a technician-operated hand piece.

When you visit your dermatologist or licensed skin care therapist for a professional Microdermabasion treatment, you can expect the following. The technician will steadily move the hand piece over the target area applying even and steady pressure to remove the stratum corneum without affecting the lower skin layers. The hand piece shoots a stream of tiny corundum crystals, and the vacuum action of the machine brings skin impurities to the surface and collects the leftover dead skin cells and used crystals. Some machines perform all of these functions with one circuit. More powerful versions use two circuits, one to shoot the crystals out and another to collect them.

The principle behind professional Microdermabrasion treatments is the idea that if you remove the stratum corneum, the body interprets this as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones. This process has many beneficial effects. With the stratum corneum gone, the skin's surface is improved. The healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother. Some of the skin's visible imperfections, like sun damage, blemishes and fine lines, are removed.

Also, without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, treatment creams and serums are more effective because more of their active ingredients and moisture can find their way down to the lower layers of skin. A standard session usually consists of one to two passes with the tool. In most cases, the patient is then asked to support the clinical treatments with a specific at-home regiment to maximize results and promote the formation of healthy, new skin.

Who IS a good candidate for Professional Microdermabrasion treatments?

Clients who wish to treat the following can see very dramatic results with Microdermabrasion performed alone or with added treatments like alpha-hydroxy/beta-hydroxy peels:

Sun damage

·     Fine lines and wrinkles

·     Clogged pores

·     Acne and breakouts

·     Uneven skin tone, texture and elasticity

·     Depth, raised and pigment scars

Who is NOT a good candidate for Professional Microdermabrasion Treatments?

Clients who suffer from the following are typically not good candidates for Microdermabrasion:

·     Active rosacea

·     Extremely fragile capillaries

·     Vascular Lesions

·     Widespread active acne, which should be controlled before undertaking Microdermabrasion

·     Herpetic Lesions (herpes, cold sores)

·     Warts

·     Open Sores

·     Psoriasis

·     Lupus

·     Erythematosus

·     Diabetes Mellitus

Frequently asked questions about Professional Microdermabrasion Treatments

Q: What Can Microdermabrasion Do For Me?

A: Microderm abrasion can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, helps fight acne and remove acne scarring, evens skin tone, eliminates white and black heads, minimizes large pores and revitalizes dull skin. Microdermabrasion helps skin regeneration by increasing its elasticity and collagen production. The skin looks fresh and feels smooth as soon as treatment is over. With Microdermabrasion, there is no recovery time and little discomfort.

Q: How Many Treatments Are Required?

A: Major changes are obvious after the fifth session, even though most patients say they observed improvements after the first session. Most skin care therapists and doctors suggest 5 to 10 Microdermabrasion treatments, scheduled around two to four weeks apart, so the skin has time to recover between sessions. After the recommended number of sessions, you may wish to schedule additional treatments every two or three months to maintain the effects.

Q: How Soon Can I Return To Work?

A: You can return to work the minute you leave your practitioner's office. If your skin appears red or splotchy, like after a mild sunburn, you can cover it up with our prescribed non-comodogenic tinted sun-screen moisturizer.

Q: What Should I Expect After Treatment?

A: You will receive a sunscreen hydrating moisturizer after microdermabrasion, to avoid sun damage after leaving the doctor's office. Some redness might occur on treated areas, but they generally disappear after a few hours. During the first 24 hours, your skin may feel dry, similarly to effects of a mild wind or sunburn. Use lots of moisturizer during the first few days. Avoid sun exposure for at least a week after the treatment, don't use any peeling products for the next 3-4 days.

Q: What Can't Microdermabrasion Do?

A: Microdermabasion can not cure severe scarring or deeply spotted areas on your face and body. Don't expect Microdermabrasion to remove tattoos, make darker pigmented areas disappear or treat severe burn scars.

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