Microdermabrasion Benefits

Microdermabrasion Benefits
Are You a Candidate for Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is useful for treating and approving the appearance of:

  • Light scarring
  • Age spots
  • Black heads
  • Hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Elongated pores
  • Acne and acne scars

If you are interested in microdermabrasion, talk to your skin care professional about  different treatment options. During this consultation, be prepared to discuss your treatment goals. In general, microdermabrasion is a safe and effective treatment. However, only you and your skin care professional can decide whether this treatment is right for you.

Rejuvenate Skin Without Surgery

Are you frustrated by the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, black heads, acne scars or stretch marks? If so, microdermabrasion may be an effective treatment option for improving your skin’s appearance. Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical way to rejuvenate the skin.

The skin is made up of two layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the top skin layer and is made of mature skin cells as well as those that have died. The topmost part of the epidermis is known as the “stratum corneum,” which acts as a barrier between the outside world and your lower skin layers. The stratum corneum is the skin layer that is home to many imperfections, including fine lines and blemishes, as well as dead, dry skin cells.

Microdermabrasion specifically targets the stratum corneum, removing dead and dying skin cells.
Microdermabrasion uses an abrasive instrument with tiny sand particles or a single, diamond-tipped wand to gently break up the stratum cornea. Professional treatments use a specialized tool equipped with a stream of tiny crystals and a vacuum suction to collect the leftover dead skin cells. The body interprets this abrasion as a minor injury and rushes to replace lost skin cells with new healthy ones.

Initially following treatment there may be mild swelling and redness. Depending on skin sensitivity, this swelling and redness can last between a few hours or up to two days. Once the swelling and redness is gone, the skin will feel smoother thanks to the new, healthy skin cells. Additionally, some of the skin’s visible imperfections, including fine lines, blemishes and sun damage, will be removed. Finally, by disturbing the stratum corneum, this temporarily removes the skin’s outer barrier, so the active ingredients in creams and moisturizers can penetrate through to the lower layers of skin. Following treatment, most skin care professionals will recommend a special moisturizer or facial product to penetrate the stratum corneum and prolong treatment results.

Studies suggest that repeated microdermabrasion treatments are an effective way to promote new skin growth while removing fine lines and deep blemishes. Microdermabrasion is especially effective for cleaning out clogged pores. It is a popular alternative treatment for individuals with skin that is too sensitive for anti-acne drugs like Retin-A. Depending on the severity of skin damage, most individuals receive an initial two treatments in the first month, followed by monthly treatments as part of a maintenance plan.


American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “Mircrodermabrasion Treatments.” 2014

Top Five Treatments for Acne Scars

Five Treatments that Will Improve Acne Scars

 Prevention Tips to Avoid New Scars
There is much you can do to prevent new acne scarring and to improve the appearance of existing scars. It is very important to avoid picking at existing acne as this is the number one contributor to unsightly scarring. Staying hydrated and using a broad spectrum sunscreen will also help to improve the overall appearance of your skin, and thus improve the appearance of your scarring.

A dermatologist can discuss treatments for reducing scars from acne. Additionally, a dermatologist can prescribe the right skin care program to prevent or reduce future breakouts.

For those who suffered with Acne in their youth, managing its lingering issues can be quite troublesome. For most people acne does not last long into their adulthood, however, acne scars can be a painful reminder of this past condition. The good news is that advances in technology have spawned successful treatment options for clearing up acne scars.

1. Glycolic Acid Peel

A glycolic acid peel is a facial treatment that can be done in your dermatologist’s office. Something to note, this type of treatment is great for individuals with darker skin who may experience discoloration as a result of past acne. Glycolic acid peels exfoliate the skin and speed up the natural renewal process which, over time, causes dark post-acne spots to fade.

2. Soy-based Brightening Creams

Soy-based brightening creams have proven very effective in treating mild, discolored acne scarring. These treatments are effective because they brighten the skin quickly fading the discolored areas. This treatment is most effective for individuals who are not dealing with deep acne scarring but rather, mild surface scarring characterized by discoloration.

3. Use Sunscreen

Sun exposure can greatly increase the discoloration and severity of acne scarring. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen is a great way to prevent your acne scarring from getting worse.

4. Prescription Medication

There are some prescriptions medications your dermatologist can prescribe to help your body better heal the scar tissue left by your acne. Before beginning any prescription treatment for your acne scarring, be sure to discuss any existing medical conditions with your dermatologist. Be sure to tell your dermatologist if you’re currently taking any medications. This will help reduce your risk of a negative interaction with newly prescribed medications.

5. Laser Treatments

Some individuals suffering from acne scarring find that none of these remedies really make a difference. When this is the case, laser treatments may be the best option. Laser treatments can be done in your dermatologist’s office and will target the red, inflamed areas reducing the irritation and shrinking the underlying blood vessels. To discuss laser treatment options for your acne scarring, talk to your Dermatologist.


University of Miami Health System, “Acne Scar Removal.”

John Hopkins Medicine, “Acne Scar Removal.”