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Is Microdermabrasion Safe and Effective?

Is Microdermabrasion Safe and Effective?

So is microdermabrasion safe? Does microdermabrasion work? How effective is microdermabrasion? Throughout this article we aim to answer these questions to help you determine whether you think the procedure might be right for you.

Is Microdermabrasion Safe?

If you’re considering a microdermabrasion treatment either at a professional clinic or from the comfort of your own home then you’ll want to know how safe it is.

First things first, safety should always be our top priority. How do you know if the procedure is going to cause any damage to your skin?

Unlike dermabrasion, which you’ll need to book yourself in for an appointment at the doctor’s office and undergo a local anesthetic, microdermabrasion does not involve any surgery, making it a very straightforward and low risk procedure.

There are no needles involved and it is non-intrusive because only the top layers of skin are affected. This skin is known as the stratum corneum or epidermis to give it the more common term. This makes it a very safe procedure with limited side effects.

The vast majority of users see a very quick recovery time – usually under 24 hours. Because of the low risk and the benefits that can be realized it has become a very popular dermatology treatment in the United States.


If you’re just not sure that the treatment will be right for your skin, perhaps due to various medical complaints, then it’s better to make an appointment with your dermatologist.

You should also avoid microdermabrasion if you are taking isotretinoin (often marketed as Accutane) due to this drug increasing skin sensitivity. Furthermore, you should wait at least 6 months after stopping this drug before commencing any treatment.

Microdermabrasion Side Effects

Whilst microdermabrasion is relatively safe there are some potential side effects you may want to consider.

It should be said these do not affect everyone and provided the procedure is carried out gently and appropriately then you are unlikely to suffer any lasting effects.

However, it’s better to know what side effects may occur. These are some of the mostly commonly reported:

  • Pink or redness of the skin – this is the most commonly reported side effect and normally subsides within 24 hours.
  • Skin tightening – also quite common but as with redness of the skin will subside.
  • Skin sensitivity – it’s probably not a good idea to go sunbathing without high factor sunscreen after microdermabrasion.
  • Skin abrasions – due to the act of rubbing the skin small spots may appear which again will subside.
  • Broken blood vessels – if the skin is damaged or sensitive prior to treatment then small broken blood vessels may appear.
  • Cold sore reactivation – if you are prone to cold sores then it may be prudent to be careful around the lip area to not stimulate the reactivation of dormant cold sores.
  • Skin breaks – these are only likely to occur if the treatment is carried out aggressively.

Overall the side effects are very limited and subside within a day or two. If you’re planning a Saturday night out and want to make sure your skin is looking its best you’d be better carrying the treatment out on Thursday to make sure any sensitivity or redness disappears.

Does Microdermabrasion Work?

So we know the treatment is pretty safe and there are limited side effects. So does that mean that its effectiveness is limited too? Let’s be realistic here. If you have deep acne scarring, psoriasis or such skin disorder then microdermabrasion is not going to miraculously restore your skin.

The effectiveness of the treatment varies and it generally works best for early signs of aging, minor skin lesions and superficial or mild acne scarring. It is particularly good for dull skin and it's use to rejuvenate and brighten the skin sees positive results for most users.

You should note that as the procedure is only removing the top layers of the skin it is necessary to perform multiple treatments. Human skin regenerates every month and you will therefore see best results by incorporating it as part of your skin care regime. Two to four week intervals provide a good balance for most people.

You can enhance the effectiveness of the procedure by ensuring your skin is not exposed to heavy sunlight after use, good use of moisturizer, sunscreen and other topical applications will help you achieve good results.

To conclude we can consider appropriate and responsible use of microdermabrasion to be a safe and effective procedure that can provide good results at a relatively low cost. We have reviewed the best microdermabrasion systems on the market for your convenience. If you have any further questions please get in touch.