Microdermabrasion for acne scars is an alternative acne scar removal method that has been used for decades. Microdermabrasion works by using tiny crystal crystals to abrade against the skin’s top layer. The crystals cause the top layers of skin to slough off, revealing smoother skin beneath. This method has been found to be very effective in treating both very light acne scars and deeper scars.
This treatment has some mild side effects that patients can expect. The most common microdermabrasion side effect is slight discoloration or staining of the skin, which may be permanent. If not treated promptly, the discoloration may continue or worsen over time. This discoloration may also be made worse if the skin’s surface is broken when microdermabrasion was used. For these reasons, it is generally advisable to have this treatment performed by a trained professional.
Another possible side effect is minor redness or irritation at the site of treatment. In the case of very light or moderate acne scarring, this side effect may not be significant. However, for people with severe acne or large acne scars that have not responded to traditional microdermabrasion, it may be prudent to seek the help of a dermatologist, who can recommend a more aggressive exfoliation procedure. Also, people with very sensitive skin may experience adverse side effects from this treatment.
Microdermabrasion also has the ability to improve the turnover of dead cells and debris on the face. Dead cells, along with other debris, often block pores and cause pimples or blackheads. By exfoliating the face using microdermabrasion, there is an increase in the turnover of dead cells and a reduction of blockages in the pores. This can result in clearer and fresher looking skin.
Many people suffering from mild to moderate acne scars will be able to safely undergo microdermabrasion treatments. It is important to remember, however, that this is not a treatment for severe acne or cystic acne. It is best to consult a dermatologist before undergoing microdermabrasion. This is especially true for people with allergies or other conditions. Some of the conditions that can make microdermabrasion treatments dangerous include diabetes, heart disease, and elevated blood pressure.
Though microdermabrasion does produce some positive results, it is important to note that it does take a fairly long time to see positive results, and some people will have to deal with a breakout of acne after the completion of a treatment. People suffering from acne should also be aware that though microdermabrasion can produce some good results, it is important to use the treatments correctly. For instance, it is better to use microdermabrasion on the affected area several times instead of only once, and it is recommended that after each treatment you allow the skin to dry before applying a moisturizer.