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Benefits of Microdermabrasion

What Microdermabrasion Can Do for Your Skin (and What it Can't)


Updated October 26, 2010

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Before having a microdermabrasion treatment done, it's good to know the results you can expect. It's also important to know what microdermabrasion can't do, so you'll have realistic expectations going into your treatment.

Microdermabrasion Can:

  • Reduce the formation of comedones and improve mild acne
  • Make large pores look smaller
  • Reduce oiliness
  • Soften the look of superficial acne scars
  • Improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smooth the skin and brighten the complexion
  • Even out skin tone and fight sun damage
  • Deeply exfoliate
  • Improve tone and texture of the skin

Microdermabrasion Can Not:

  • Treat deeper acne scars (like boxcar or ice pick scarring)
  • Flatten hypertrophic or keloid scars (it can make them worse, in some instances)
  • Treat severe or cystic acne
  • Completely eliminate lines and wrinkles, or treat deep wrinkles
  • Tighten sagging skin

Remember, you won't get all of the benefits of microdermabrasion with just one treatment. Although your skin will feel softer after the first treatment, you'll need several treatments to actually see improvement.

Talk to the technician who will be doing your procedure about what changes you're hoping to see in your skin. Your therapist will lay out an appropriate treatment plan for you, educate you on possible microdermabrasion side effects, and tell you what results you can expect from your microdermabrasion treatment.


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