Using a Microdermabrasion Treatment for Acne Scars

A microdermabrasion treatment for acne scars is a great way to exfoliate.  It is most likely to improve the appearance of mild to moderate acne scarring.  It is one of the least invasive forms of skin resurfacing with the lowest risk of side effects.

A microdermabrasion treatment is a form of mechanical exfoliation.  It uses crystals to polish away the first layer of skin.  This can expose fresher, smoother skin below.  Like all skin resurfacing, it is a form of controlled damage that stimulates your skin’s healing processes to improve the appearance of skin damage and boost collagen production.

Acne scars are skin damage left behind after a pimple heals.  They are quite common on skin that has suffered from years of breakouts.  The constant damage warps the skin matrix and results in irregularities.  Some acne scars are very severe and need aggressive treatment and may need to be excised or needled professionally.  Mild acne scars are the best candidates for home treatment with exfoliation.  Sometimes the brown marks left after acne has healed is often mistakenly thought of as a scar.  These will fade on their own over time, but a microdermabrasion treatment can help speed results.

A microdermabrasion treatment for acne scars works best on mild acne scars.  You won’t see much improvement for deep boxcar or ice pick scarring.  Microdermabrasion will also help diminish discoloration that makes acne scarring more obvious.  It will take several treatments to start seeing results.  Microdermabrasion is a safe process and is less invasive than other forms of skin resurfacing like a chemical peel.  But because it removes less damage that peeling, it also takes longer to start seeing results, and can only treat surface damage.

You can do a microdermabrasion treatment for acne scars at home, or visit a professional.  Professional treatments are expensive.  Since microdermabrasion isn’t the best way to get rid of acne scars, it makes more sense to do it at home for most people.  There are many options available for microdermabrasion at home.  You can purchase a scrub, or a kit with a rotating head that you cover with a microdermabrasion crystal cream.  A microdermabrasion cloth is very convenient because there are no crystals to clean up.  If you really like microdermabrasion, you might want to look into buying a machine with a diamond headed wand, similar to the ones used by skin care professionals.  These are quite expensive, but will give the best results.

You should be careful using a microdermabrasion treatment for acne scars in the beginning.  If you have sensitive skin, use less time than recommended for your first few treatments.  Don’t use excessive pressure or leave the wand on one area of skin for too long.  Most people start using a microdermabrasion treatment once a week.  You can gradually start using it 2 to 3 times a week if your skin handles it well.  Don’t try to rush results be being too aggressive.

Your skin may be red following your microdermabrasion acne scar removal treatment, but it should fade within a few hours.  Your skin may flake slightly over the next few days.  There shouldn’t be any pain, bleeding, excessive irritation, or lasting redness.  These are signs of over exfoliation and indicate that you are being too aggressive with your facial treatments.

It takes time to see results from a microdermabrasion treatment for acne scars.  A lot of the improvement comes from collagen production, which is a slow process.  It’s important to use microdermabrasion consistently to see results.  Use microdermabrasion at least once a week to continue stimulating your skin to heal, and to repeatedly remove surface damage.

You can enhance your results from microdermabrasion by using proper after care.  Moisturizing skin that has been resurfaced is very important.  You can also use skin care products that contain rejuvenating ingredients.  Many anti aging products contain ingredients that work well for scar removal.  Products containing retinoids and Vitamin C that work for wrinkles will often help diminish acne scars as well.  These ingredients can irritate your skin, so it is important to use them properly.  Start off with mild products in the beginning and gradually work your way up to stronger formulations.  These products are often too intense to use the day of or after a microdermabrasion treatment for acne scars.  It takes some trial and error to find the right mix of products and treatment for you.  Add products to your routine gradually and carefully monitor your skin’s reaction.

Be careful using microdermabrasion if you have active acne.  Microdermabrasion can spread acne bacteria all over your skin and result in an acne flare up.  If your acne is severe, wait to use microdermabrasion until it is under control.  People with mild acne have actually seen improvement from microdermabrasion.  Using salicylic acid products can help keep your acne under control.  If you have herpes, don’t use a microdermabrasion treatment if you are currently experiencing a break out.  It can spread the herpes and also contaminate your microdermabrasion wand/scrub.

A microdermabrasion treatment for acne scars is one of the least invasive ways to get rid of them.  It works best for mild acne scarring.  It can take some time to see results, so use it consistently.