Microdermabrasion is a minimally-invasive procedure that works by buffing away the top layer of your skin to reveal the fresher layer underneath. The painless procedure can be performed in under an hour, and promises little to no downtime. In order to achieve lasting results, your medical spa professional will recommend products and topical treatments that promote the healing process and will restore your skin after the treatment. Here are some important tips for taking care of your skin after microdermabrasion:
1. Reduce puffiness with ice or a cold pack. You can relieve soreness and puffiness after a microdermabrasion procedure by rinsing with cold water, or reduce puffiness with an ice pack. This will also help support the healing process.
2. Use a gentle cleanser. Avoid using cleansers or skincare products that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid, as these acids can be too harsh on your skin. Sick with a chemical-free, perfume-free cleanser designed for sensitive skin instead, and use only lukewarm or cool water to cleanse your skin thoroughly.
3. Moisturize day and night. You will need to infuse your skin with as much moisture as possible after the exfoliating effects of microdermabrasion. Use a hypo-allergenic, scent-free moisturizer after cleansing the skin so that your skin cells can heal. You will need to apply moisturizer day and night to reap the rewards of the microdermabrasion procedure.
4. Avoid using exfoliating products for at least 2 hours after the procedure. Exfoliating scrubs and medicated treatments can be very irritating to the skin. Avoid using products that contain glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and alpha hydroxy acid, because these can make your skin over-react to the exfoliation process and may cause breakouts. In some extreme cases, these types of products can cause superficial burns.
5. Don’t use an alcohol-based toner. If you’re used to using an alcohol-based toner to deep-clean your pores and refresh the skin, you’ll need to take a break for a few days so that the skin can restore its natural lipid barrier. Alcohol can strip the skin of its natural moisture, so don’t put your skin at risk for drying out with alcohol-based toners and other products.
6. Use mineral makeup for extra coverage. You may need to avoid using heavy makeup for a few days after your microdermabrasion procedure, because makeup can clog up your pores and make your skin irritated. If you do need some coverage, consider using mineral makeup instead. Mineral makeup infused with sunscreen will help to protect your skin when it is exposed to damaging UV rays.
Most patients will notice some redness and soreness immediately after the microdermabrasion procedure, but this typically subsides within a few hours. The side effects of the procedure are similar to sunburn, so the skin will need to be kept covered and away from direct sunlight for at least 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.
Learn more about microdermabrasion in our information guide, or consult with a medical spa in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for microdermabrasion and other skin rejuvenation procedures.