Acne breakouts can leave behind unsightly marks and scars, but you don’t have to live with these forever. Thankfully, there are many procedures that can help get rid of them permanently and even prevent new ones from coming back with a vengeance. Fighting acne is stressful enough; you really don’t want to be bothered any longer by having to cover up the marks too.
Microdermabrasion is one of the popular methods of dealing with this problem, with positive and lasting results. Let’s talk about how this skincare treatment works to get rid of acne scars and how it might also help with prevention.
How acne leads to scarring
Scars occur because your body is trying to repair the damage to your skin tissues caused by acne. When the pore swells from an acne-related inflammation, its wall breaks down and sometimes affects the surrounding tissues to leave more dead skin cells and create deeper scars. Some blemishes are small and these tend to heal quickly with minimal marks in their wake, but some can be larger, especially if there are several breakouts on the same location.
When scars form as a result of acne, that’s actually a good sign that your skin is trying to and can heal itself. However, the marks and pits they leave on the skin’s surface can be discouraging. Most people try to cover up the blemishes with makeup, but this often leads to even more acne breakouts and bigger skin issues. For those who frequently get acne, the cycle never seems to end, and so blemishes and scars just pile up untreated.
In comes the skin rejuvenation procedure called microdermabrasion.
How microdermabrasion works for acne scars
Microdermabrasion is a treatment that has been shown to be very effective for people with acne scars and other skin issues. The procedure involves using an exfoliating device, depending on the type of microdermabrasion your provider offers (diamond head, crystal, or hydradermabrasion) to gently remove dead cells from the outer layer (the epidermis). The result is an even texture from the gradual removal of surface-level acne scarring.
As microdermabrasion buffs away the stratum corneum, the very thin topmost layer of the skin, it triggers the body’s wound healing response. This stimulates collagen production and new cells start to replace old ones. The newly produced collagen fills in any surface-level acne scars while rejuvenating your skin so it looks fresh again!
Is microdermabrasion suitable for all types of acne scars?
No, it’s not. Microdermabrasion is a potent treatment for depressed acne scars that lie flat against the epidermis. This form of skin resurfacing can provide much needed relief to those who are looking to improve their appearance, because it generally leaves behind an even and refreshed complexion with minimal downtime.
However, if you have deep scars, like boxcar or ice pick ones ,then this procedure won’t do much for them since it only gets rid of surface level imperfections. There are other treatments available — like laser resurfacing, intense chemical peels, oe microneedling — if your scars require a stronger procedure.
Microdermabrasion treatment may also be effective against mild acne breakouts, as well as dry patches of skin because it removes any buildup on top of your face, like dead cells and oxidised sebum (oil) that may clog pores and appear as blackheads.
However, if you’re dealing with an active nodular or cystic breakout, talk to your skin therapist or dermatologist about other options because abrasive treatments might increase inflammation. Your clinician can recommend another treatment measure for your skin type and suggest holding off on any more sessions until your active acne clears up.
Who microdermabrasion is for
This method is suitable for most skin types and all skin colors and has very minimal downtime. The skin might feel temporarily tender, but it fully recovers within 24 hours. It also leaves no scars or marks on the skin’s surface. Microdermabrasion treatment doesn’t require surgery or anesthetics, making this option a more viable choice for those who cannot take healing breaks.
Who microdermabrasion isn’t for
As we mentioned earlier, microdermabrasion might not be recommended for ice pick scars or those that extend beyond the middle layers of your skin. It only targets the epidermal layer, so it won’t effectively treat any scarring that extends to the deeper levels. Note that deeper scars aren’t a contraindication, but it would be best done in combination with other treatments to achieve the best results.
Those with visible capillaries, thin and sensitised skin, or very mature skin also shouldn’t have microdermabrasion. In addition, if you have darker skin and are concerned about hyperpigmentation as a result of microdermabrasion, talk to your clinician first.
The bottom line about microdermabrasion and acne scars
Microdermabrasion is a very safe procedure for treating acne scars, but it will work differently on different people. Talk to your aesthetician about microdermabrasion, and see if this procedure would be beneficial for you (or if you need multiple treatments).
Better yet, book a consultation to discuss microdermabrasion for acne and other skincare options with our expert staff at Lovoir Skin Body and Body. We can answer any question or concern that may come up during the process and offer advice once we have gathered more information about what type of scarring you are dealing with. Reach out to our friendly staff today.