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Microdermabrasion Acne Treatment

Acne affects millions of people of different ages from various backgrounds. Although the definitive miracle cure for acne has yet to be found, scientific knowledge of what causes acne has come forward in leaps and bounds over the past decade or so. So too, have various methods of treating acne, one of which is Microdermabrasion. Although microdermabrasion is not specifically designed to be an acne treatment, it has nevertheless proven to be one of the most popular acne treatments over the past few years.

Does microdermabrasion get rid of acne?

Microdermabrasion is a very effective treatment for reducing and controlling Acne. However, as with other acne treatments, results differ between individuals. This is because causes and types of acne vary between people. Many people who have used microdermabrasion to treat acne have found that it works almost from the first day of use. Some users haven’t found microdermabrasion to be very helpful at all in treating acne. A few unfortunate sufferers have even said that microdermabrasion has made their acne worse.

There is no way to know whether or not microdermabrasion will work for your acne until you’ve tried it. While microdermabrasion is effective against acne for the majority of users, it’s important to remember this isn’t a miracle cure. Even if microdermabrasion works against your acne, you’ll have to return for periodical treatments to maintain results. This is because microdermabrasion works from the surface against the symptoms and secondary causes of acne. It doesn’t remove the primary cause of acne which can be a variety of factors depending on the individual case.

Why is microdermabrasion a popular acne treatment?

Microdermabrasion has been one of the most popular acne treatments available on the market for several years now. There are three reasons for the popularity of acne microdermabrasion treatment: acne_microdermabrasion

  • effective at reducing acne
  • painless and non-invasive treatment
  • comparatively cheap

There are other medical acne treatments available on the market such as laser acne therapy, which can be more effective at treating acne. However, compared to laser acne treatment, microdermabrasion is cheaper. This is especially important when considering that most acne sufferers are in their teens and don’t have thousands of dollars to spend.

How does microdermabrasion get rid of acne?

Microdermabrasion is effective as an acne treatment for two reasons:

  • Unblocks pores
  • Kills bacteria

Acne is caused by bacteria trapped under the surface of the skin by blocked pores. Microdermabrasion literally takes off the very top layer of your skin unclogging pores and allowing your skin to breathe. Also, microdermabrasion works using aluminium-oxide crystals. Apart from exfoliating the top layer of your skin, these crystals have anti-bacterial properties which kill the bacteria in the skin that cause the acne in the first place.

Microdermabrasion acne treatment: professional or home kit?

Microdermabrasion acne treatment has traditionally been done by professionals; either dermatologists or beauty spa aestheticians. Nowadays, there are dozens of microdermabrasion creams and home kits that you can buy for a fraction of the price of professional microdermabrasion treatment.

Although professional microdermabrasion machines have definite advantages, better acne treatment isn’t necessarily one of them. Thousands of people have been able to reduce or even eradicate their acne completely through using microdermabrasion home kits. Conversely, some people have found that these home kits made their acne worse, but that probably has more to do with their specific skin type and acne condition than the effectiveness of home microdermabrasion kits.

Some acne sufferers who have paid out hundreds of dollars for professional microdermabrasion treatment have also said that it didn’t get rid of their acne. With that in mind, it may be a good idea to invest in a home kit to see what works for you, before committing your time and money to professional microdermabrasion treatment. The only clear and definite advantage professional microdermabrasion has over the home kits is that it exfoliates deeper in only one or two treatments, whereas you’d have to be using a microdermabrasion home kit for at least a month to see similar results.

Microdermabrasion acne treatment: Side effects & risks

Microdermabrasion is probably the safest and least invasive acne treatment on the market today. Most people don’t see or feel any side effects at all, and those that may occur are only temporary. There are two main things that may occur after your microdermabrasion acne treatment: microdermabrasion_acne

  • redness and soreness
  • increase in spots

Sometimes after microdermabrasion acne treatment, there is a temporary “purge” of spots on your face. This is because all the bacteria that was under your skin’s surface is coming to the top and working its way out. Once you are past the initial purge, your skin should start to see improvements.

Because microdermabrasion works by exfoliating the top layer of your skin, it’s natural that you’ll see some redness and may feel slightly sore for a few hours afterwards. You can easily deal with this by applying a moisturising cream to help sooth and replenish your skin after performing microdermabrasion. Another thing to remember is not to go out into direct and strong sunlight immediately afterwards as this will damage your skin.

You should be careful not to overuse microdermabrasion. This is especially so if you are using a microdermabrasion home kit. Once you start seeing and feeling improvements in your acne condition, it’s tempting to start using microdermabrasion every day. This is a bad idea as it doesn’t allow your skin enough time to rest and re-grow. The result is that eventually your skin will get more sore, red and dry.

How many microdermabrasion acne treatments do I need?

It’s important to remember that microdermabrasion won’t get rid of your acne forever. If microdermabrasion works for you, then you’ll probably want to keep going for follow up treatments to make sure acne doesn’t return. Generally, a course of microdermabrasion treatments can be anywhere between 4- 10 applications at a spa. You should wait at least 1- 2 weeks between treatments to give your skin time to heal. If you’re using a microdermabrasion home kit for your acne, then the length of the course will vary depending on what home kit you bought; however, they generally last about a month and conatin about 12 - 15 applications. ­