What Are The Benefits Of Microdermabrasion?

​Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that uses a non-chemical microcrystal spray to get rid of the top layer of dry skin and dead skin cells that settle on your face. This procedure is said to make your skin look healthier and younger while triggering your body to produce new layers of skin cells with more collagen and elastin to make your skin appear even better.

It has plenty of benefits and is generally a gentle procedure and is one of the most popular ones in the US. It’s also safe and inexpensive. The treatment is used to care for minor skin imperfections but shouldn’t be confused with dermabrasion which is more intense and used to treat moderately damaged skin.


Information on Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is best done by a professional on healthy adults who are looking to treat minor skin problems like fine lines, acne, dry skin, and similar issues. It can’t be used to treat more severe problems like sagging skin, deep wrinkles, sun damage, or deep scars. Those kinds of issues need to be addressed with other treatments like dermabrasion, face lifts, or laser treatments.

For acne, microdermabrasion can treat the current acne and clear up minor scars left behind by previous breakouts. By eliminated dry skin and dead skin cells, microdermabrasion can also help prevent future acne that is sometimes caused by flaking skin that clogs pores. It can also clear dirt and oil from your pores. This procedure won’t be able to help with pock marks or other deep acne scars; those can be treated with a chemical peel or dermabrasion. It should be mentioned that microdermabrasion may agitate active acne so it’s important to be evaluated by a dermatologist who can help you figure out if the procedure is right for you.

You can also use microdermabrasion to treat rosacea, a constant inflammation of the skin that produces redness, swelling, and acne-like eruptions. The polishing effect of the procedure can decrease redness and help with the inflammation and bumps. You should talk to your dermatologist before having microdermabrasion done since it may negatively impact your rosacea if you’re overly sensitive to the procedure. Microdermabrasion can also treat:

  • Oily Skin
  • Dull Skin
  • Large Pores
  • Clogged Pores
  • Fine line in the skin
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Uneven skin texture

Microdermabrasion uses a stream of aluminum oxide crystals that come out through a wand placed on your skin. The crystals exfoliate the outer layer of the skin while mild suction removes the flaking skin, the crystals, and any other debris.This is typically a painless procedure although some people report feeling a warming sensation due to the abrasive rubbing of the crystals against your skin. Commonly, patients liken this to a deep facial massage.

Besides clearing your skin it also helps create healthier layers of skin underneath the outer layers. The new skin will have more collagen and elastin to help keep your complexion clear and even help fill in fine lines.

Each procedure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 60 minutes and you will probably be advised to have anywhere from five to 12 treatments every two weeks in order to get the full benefits of microdermabrasion

After every treatment you’ll be required to protect your sun from the skin as the fresh layer of skin will be much more sensitive. Make sure you wear sunscreen and consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat for extra protection if you’re feeling at all uncomfortable while in the sun. Your doctor will usually recommend you use a daily moisturizer, too, in order to hydrate your skin and calm any inflammation/irritation. A specific one might be recommended but, in general, your preferred facial cream for your specific skin type should suffice.

You may notice that your skin is quite pink after each microdermabrasion treatment but that usually fades after several hours. If you notice lingering signs of the procedure, you can safely cover them up with makeup until they clear up. In the rare instance where there are lasting side effects from your microdermabrasion treatment, you should consult your doctor to make sure there is no permanent damage or other issues of concern.

The Benefits Of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion has different benefits that you can take advantage of. One of the benefits is the convenience of the procedure. It is a relatively short treatment that can be done quickly and easily. It’s non-invasive and doesn’t require anything other than the external wand that is used on your skin. There are also no medications or medicated creams necessary for the treatment. It’s also relatively painless and effective making it quite convenient.

Other benefits of the treatment are the elimination of dry/dead skin cells and the appearance of your younger and healthier skin the procedure leaves behind. The extra collagen and elastin in the new layer of skin is also a benefit. You may also notice better texture, color, and tone to your skin after the treatments.

Further benefits of microdermabrasion are:

  • Improved circulation
  • Improved lymph flow
  • Improved internal health of skin
  • Smaller pores
  • Less acne

The Risks Of Microdermabrasion

While microdermabrasion has a lot of benefits and is considered to be a relatively painless and safe procedure for minor skin problems, there are always risks when it comes to any dermatological procedure.

It isn’t recommended for those of you with deep scars on your face. You should also avoid microdermabrasion if you have active keloids (benign, hard skin growths formed by excessive scar tissue), have one or more undiagnosed lesions, have had a recent outbreak of the herpes simplex virus, have warts, stage three or four active acne, have unstable diabetes, are pregnant, or if you have an auto-immune disorder.

If you had a chemical peel or another skin procedure including collagen injections, you should wait at least two weeks before having microdermabrasion done on your skin. When you schedule a treatment, avoid tanning your skin or having the treated area waxed a few weeks before your appointment.

When you have microdermabrasion done by a qualified professional with the proper credentials, there are very few risks involved with the procedure. The level of risk increases if you have microdermabrasion done improperly or by a person who isn’t properly skilled to do the job. Unsterile conditions will also increase your risk factor. In those instances, the risks are mainly infection caused by unsanitary tools.

You may also run into problems if the microdermabrasion machine is set at too high of a level. That can cause small perforations caused by the abrasive crystals. When the machine is too strong the crystals may also stream out too quickly and get in your eye which may cause irritation.

While all of these risks are possible the negative effects of the procedure are quite rare especially when it is done by a qualified professional who follows standard procedures, sanitary practices, and knows what they’re doing.


Now that you know the benefits of microdermabrasion as well as the risk factors and what it is meant to treat, you can feel more confident about having the procedure done for yourself. If you have dry or dull skin that you’d like to rejuvenate, consider microdermabrasion treatments as an easy and safe solution. It is considered to be one of the best facial treatments available.

Anna Smith

Hi there ! I’m Anna Smith, chief editor at Healthankering. I'm a proud mother of three passionate about health tips, beauty and ways to live healthier with more energy ! We start Healthankering to provide advanced material about not only the best ways to get healthy, but also to entertain and create a great community. Welcome aboard !

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