Microdermabrasion Side Effects & Risks
What is Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a mechanical process which removes the top layer of the skin to improve skin quality and achieve a younger, refreshed looking beautiful skin. It resurfaces the skin to reduce or eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, uneven coloring, and light scars.
Side Effects of Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion side effects are rare though occur occasionally as mild and are temporary. The common ones seen on the face are • dry skin, • itchy skin, • flaky skin and • skin redness. • Color balance of the skin may get altered with light or dark patches on complexion and uneven skin tone. Pigmentation and scars are common side effects of all skin procedures like chemical peels, laser surfacing and dermabrasion.
There are minute risks seen if the procedure is not performed correctly. Serious complications involve • inhaling microdermabrasion crystals, • microdermabrasion crystals in your eye and • high risk of infections. Your treatment provider usually a skin specialist should ensure adequate hygiene such as sterilize microdermabrasion tips before use and use only new crystals to rule out chances of infection.
Microdermabrasion treatment is unsuitable for these people Microdermabrasion is inappropriate for these people • pregnant and nursing mothers due to their fluctuating hormonal levels which affects skin regeneration process, • people using Retino A (accutane), • those having keratosis, • those having active herpes disease, • those with malignant tumors. Microdermabrasion acne patients are seen to have a short term increase in spot formation called as purging. Purging is a natural response to microdermabrasion treatment. The surge in acne is temporary as exfoliation process which happens during microdermabrasion unclogs pores releasing many of the acne causing bacteria. After a temporary acne surge, a period comes when you have improved better looking skin.
How to Avoid Microdermabrasion Side Effects?
Two key precautions to remember in order to prevent the side effects of microdermabrasion are:
• Apply moisturizer and
• Avoid direct sunlight
This prevents the side effects of microdermabrasion which can happen as the skin is too sensitive and can lead to skin irritation and redness. Applying a moisturizing cream after the treatment reduces the risk of dry skin and flaky skin caused by the abrasive effects of crystals on the skin. Acne patients to undergo microdermabrasion treatment should take care to stop using hydrocortisone creams such as Retino A or accutane for at least a week before they undergo the treatment. A qualified and experienced provider is skilled in the treatment and will leave you with great looking skin with minimal microdermabrasion side effects.