Microdermabrasion for acne and acne scars is a procedure where a suction tip gently lifts the skin while a fine jet of minute crystals is sprayed across the face, using a hand-held instrument which vacuums the loose dead skin.
These two components help clean out the pores. The upper layers of the skin are exfoliated off, which helps other acne and acne scar removal treatments such as laser or pulsed light treatments penetrate more evenly. Unfortunately, microdermabrasion acne treatment is not available on the NHS.
Microdermabrasion, unlike dermabrasion, can be used on active acne skin. In microdermabrasion, the flow of the crystals and the vacuum are pressurized according to skin type and the desired result. The skin is left softer and smoother, and collagen and elastic formation is stimulated. Your skin cells are re-aligned in the epidermis, which causes the skin to thicken.
Microdermabrasion is usually prformed by a qualified beauty therapist or a surgeon, depending on the strength of the treatment involved.There is a slight stinging during the procedure but side-effects are mild, although they may include redness and mild skin irritation during the first few days.
Usually a series of five to seven microdermabrasion treatments are done to get optimal results, followed by maintenance treatments every 6 to 8 weeks. The cost of microdermabrasion is somewhere between $100 and $300. You may also need to pay an initial consultation which may cost about $150.
From the microdermabrasion for acne scars before and after pictures shown below, microdermabrasion works on shallow scars and can improve your skin. However, you may need multiple sessions to achieve the desired result.
Home microdermabrasion for acne and acne scars can be done by yourself using home microdermabrasion kits which are now available in the market. There are several brands available, in different prices and quality. Depending on the make and model, home microdermabrasion kits may be applied on the face, the neck, chest, or whole body.
There are home microdermabrasion kits which use a cloth that has microfibers on it. This home microdermabrasion cloth may be washed and recycled for a couple of months. Some home microdermabrasion kits come in the form of a small electric device, or in peels which contain gentle abrasive chemicals.
Will microdermabrasion cloths get rid of acne pitting? As mentioned earlier, microdermabrasion works on shallow acne scars by exfoliating away the upper layers of your skin. For better results, you may require laser or pulsed light treatments after the microdermabrasion.
The choice of acne scar treatment will depend on the type of acne scars you have. It is best to consult your dermatologist before attempting to treat your acne scars on your own.