Microdermabrasion Side Effects


As microdermabrasion is gaining in popularity and accessibility, it is important to understand the side effects that can happen with this particular skin rejuvenation treatment. As cosmetic procedures go, Microdermabrasion is considered very safe with only the rarest cases causing anything besides brief, mild side effects. That being said, it’s always best to be prepared for the consequences of a treatment, no matter how small. So, here’s a closer look at the most common Microdermabrasion side effects.

  • Pigmentation issues: One possible side effect of microdermabrasion is discoloration of the skin, particularly those people who have a darker complexion. Following the treatment it is possible to see slight unevenness in the pigmentation.
  • Redness of the skin: Some people who have had microdermabrasion treatment have noticed redness of the skin post treatment. This condition isn't permanent and usually resolves itself in just a few days.
  • Dry skin: There have been complaints of dry or flaking skin caused by microdermabrasion treatments. This dry skin condition also goes away after just a few days in the large majority of cases.
  • Itchy skin: Itchy skin can be a complaint of some who have had microdermabrasion treatments. However, like the redness, dry skin and flaking skin, this condition is also temporary.
  • “Purging”: “Purging” is a side effect of acne microdermabrasion. The exfoliation of the treatment opens the pores and because of that it exposes the bacteria. This exposure brings on an acne surge, but it is a temporary reaction to the treatment and will go away in a few days.

Microdermabrasion is a very safe procedure, but you do need to make sure you find a provider in your area that’s experienced with the treatment, ensuring that the right safety steps will be taken. The treatment exfoliates the dead skin cells and leaves fresh “new” skin in its place. A qualified provider will do the treatment expertly and will leave you with great looking skin with minimal if any side effects. The most important thing to think about in order to avoid the pigmentation side effect is to have a conversation with your provider about your risk for that particular situation. If you are satisfied with the answers, then move ahead. Microdermabrasion is one skin care treatment that’s offered wonderful results for millions of people and has always been noted for its high upside and low downside..

--Carrie Aker

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