Does Microdermabrasion Help Acne Scars?

Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive procedure that works to restore and revitalize the skin’s natural glow through exfoliation. As men and women age, environmental factors can lead to patchy skin, breakouts, sunspots or hyperpigmentation, leaving behind dull or tired-looking skin. Microdermabrasion works to sweep away the outer layer of skin, removing dead skin cells and creating a more even skin tone. 

There are two primary types of microdermabrasion. One uses a diamond-tip handpiece to exfoliate dead skin cells and then vacuum them away. The natural, laser-cut diamond tip offers high precision and is well-suited for sensitive areas of the face. The other form of microdermabrasion uses a crystal-emitting handpiece to spray fine crystals of aluminum oxide and sodium bicarbonate on the face. These crystals work to gently rub away the outer layers of the skin and then the handpiece vacuums away the used crystals, as well as any dirt, debris or dead skin cells.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a useful, non-chemical and noninvasive procedure for a variety of skin issues, including fine lines and wrinkles; hyperpigmentation and age spots; enlarged pores; blackheads; uneven skin tone and acne or acne scarring. Microdermabrasion works by gently exfoliating the top layer of skin, thereby reducing the appearance of dark spots or discoloration commonly associated with acne scarring. 

Treated Skin Conditions

As a treatment option, microdermabrasion is best suited for relatively minor skin concerns, such as discoloration or uneven skin tone, as well as minor textural issues. It is not as effective against deep-set acne scars, hypertrophic scars (raised lumps of scar tissue that build up from previous breakouts) or keloid scars (raised scars that go beyond the borders of the original acne spot). For individuals facing more severe acne scarring, it is helpful to talk with a Harmony Healing cosmetic team member about your concerns and goals to see if another treatment, such as dermal fillers, resurfacing lasers or chemical peels are a better fit for your needs. 

At Harmony Healing, we are proud to offer multiple acne scarring treatment options to address different forms of acne scars and help prevent future scarring.

What to Expect from Microdermabrasion

After discussing your goals for your microdermabrasion treatment, your skin will be cleaned in preparation for your treatment. Then, the appropriate handpiece for your treatment will work to gently exfoliate the outermost layer of skin in the treatment area. Each session takes about 30 minutes for exfoliation followed by the application of moisturizer and sunscreen to protect the skin. Most patients do not experience notable discomfort during the procedure. Rather, it is typically described as a tingling or scratching sensation that goes away after the treatment ends.

The number of sessions needed to help reduce the appearance of acne scars will vary depending on the size of the treatment area and the severity of scarring, as well as your expectations. Multiple treatments are recommended for optimal results, and sessions can be spaced seven to ten days apart. For more severe acne scars, microdermabrasion is an excellent adjunct to more aggressive treatments such as Halo™ or ProFractional™ lasers that will further assist in the exfoliation process. 

Choosing Microdermabrasion 

Microdermabrasion is a safe procedure for all skin types and it is effective for men and women. Keep in mind that microdermabrasion, when used alone, is most effective for people with relatively minor skin conditions, such as subtle acne scarring, uneven tone, fine lines and wrinkles. It should be used in addition to stronger treatment options to help correct deep acne scars or significant facial creases.

If you are interested in scheduling a microdermabrasion appointment, call Harmony Healing today. At your appointment, we will have an in-depth discussion with you about your skin goals and develop a personalized plan to help you achieve them.