Some people have been blessed with a flawless complexion, others experience occasional breakouts, and some fight a never-ending battle with their skin. Still, all of us, whether we like to admit it or not, are a bit self-conscious when it comes to our skin.
And that isn’t surprising at all!
Truth be told, our skin is the first thing someone notices about us. Plus, not only is it our biggest organ, but it is also a very important one — both health- and appearance-wise. Therefore, it is no wonder that many of us pay so much attention to it.
What’s more, those who have suffered from acne know how persistent, tiring, and challenging the problem can be. Also, when our skin doesn’t look good and we realize that we have no control over it, we will start to feel frustrated sooner or later.
Luckily, there are countless acne treatments available on the market nowadays. Some include over-the-counter medication, others are prescribed by doctors, etc. Moreover, procedures such as microdermabrasion for acne have become increasingly popular in recent years.
If you want to learn why microdermabrasion is the right treatment for acne, keep reading. We will explain everything in detail.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, non-chemical procedure that combines suction with exfoliation from tiny crystals to remove impurities and dead cells from the skin. By removing the outermost layer of dead and dry skin cells, it reveals a brighter, younger, healthier-looking, and clearer complexion.
Microdermabrasion for acne can be an effective treatment depending on how serious the condition is. When it comes to mild acne, acne scars, as well as non-active acne areas, the treatment can be very beneficial. However, it isn’t recommended for active acne because it could help spread the infection.
Also, this procedure is suitable for all skin types and colors. Plus, since it takes little time and we needn’t prepare for it, many people refer to microdermabrasion as a “lunch break procedure”.
The treatment itself isn’t painful — we can expect minimal discomfort. Finally, it’s important to note that there is no downtime whatsoever; we can return to normal activities right after the procedure.
Microdermabrasion for Acne — Benefits
There are many different types of acne, as well as many different treatment options. When it comes to microdermabrasion for acne, we are glad to say that various types of acne patients can benefit from the procedure.
It doesn’t matter if we are prone to blackheads, whiteheads, inflamed pimples, or deep cystic acne. Since it provides multiple benefits, microdermabrasion can help different types of acne.
Also, the treatment is safe for most acne-prone areas, which is incredible news. That means that, apart from the face, we can also treat our back, neck, and chest areas.
If you are suffering from acne, there is no need to feel desperate; in fact, we have encouraging news for you. Microdermabrasion can help unclog your pores and thus clear your acne. Dermatologists often combine the procedure with medical acne extractions and gentle glycolic peels, which speeds up the acne clearing process.
However, note that microdermabrasion shouldn’t be used on areas with active acne. That could result in bursting of inflamed acne and spreading the infection across your entire face.
When it comes to blackheads, microdermabrasion is a particularly effective treatment. By exfoliating the skin, it removes the top of the blackhead. At the same time, the suction eliminates the hardened oily contents, thus clearing the skin and leaving the pores clean.
Also, once we get rid of blackheads, we should continue to occasionally use microdermabrasion. That will prevent blackheads from developing all over again.
Mild Acne Discoloration and Pick Marks
Those who have had acne know how hard it is not to touch them. All of us have picked at our skin at least a few times. When a big blackhead or an inflamed pimple appear in the middle of our face, that is sometimes impossible to ignore. In fact, even when we know that we will end up with nasty marks and scars, we often can’t help ourselves.
Luckily, microdermabrasion can help us get rid of mild acne discoloration and pick marks. By gently exfoliating the top layer of our skin, getting rid of dry and dead skin cells in the process, it will reveal a brighter, younger, and healthier skin layer. That will result in a more even, mark-free complexion.
Superficial Acne Scars
When it comes to acne scars, microdermabrasion can also be beneficial. However, those with deep scars should know that this procedure is best suited for very superficial acne scars. So if you have deep scars, you will need a much longer series of treatments to notice an improvement.
However, if your acne scars are superficial or raised, you can expect microdermabrasion to solve the issue by gently exfoliating your skin, leaving it bright and healthy-looking.
Better Product Results
Apart from unclogging the pores and exfoliating the skin, microdermabrasion also increases skin circulation. By doing that, the procedure can improve the results of topical products that we apply to our skin. Once the circulation starts to increase, cell metabolism is on the rise as well; that means that our acne products can penetrate deeper into our skin, achieving better results.
Is Microdermabrasion for Acne Safe?
We are happy to say that microdermabrasion for acne is, in fact, much safer than many other acne procedures. For example, laser skin procedures and chemical peels carry more risks.
Also, as we already mentioned, microdermabrasion requires no downtime whatsoever. You can expect slight redness or some tightness right after the treatment, but nothing more serious. Plus, those side effects will most likely subside a couple of hours after the procedure.
We do have to note that, since your skin will be more sensitive to the sun right after the procedure, sun exposure is to be avoided. By staying away from the sun, you will protect your skin from potential burns.
How Many Treatments Do You Need?
One of the most common questions we get is how often do I need microdermabrasion? Anyone who has ever suffered from acne knows that the condition differs from one person to another. In fact, there are no two same acne patients. Therefore, it is hard to say how many treatments one is going to need. That can depend on the type of acne, as well as on the area you want to treat.
Those who want to get rid of blackheads can notice the results right after the first treatment. However, if you want to clear existing acne or focus on acne scars/marks, you should be patient; a few sessions will be needed until you start to notice an improvement.