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Can microdermabrasion help acne scars? 

Acne is a tough skin condition to overcome; it’s hard to treat, uncomfortable and can cause a lot of self-consciousness. So when you finally beat it, it’s really disheartening to discover that your skin is now covered with very obvious scars. After all the effort you’ve put into beating acne, you definitely want to find a solution to these scars, one that will work and give you long-term results. So, can Microdermabrasion help to reduce your acne scars? It certainly can! Microdermabrasion is a fantastic treatment for acne scarring. Read on to learn more about how it can help acne scars.

What causes acne scarring?

When you have the occasional spot or two, the skin can heal quite well and they will often disappear without a trace. However, if you have acne, the breakouts are far more severe and can leave very noticeable marks. Acne is characterised by lots of infected pores very close together, combined with a high level of irritation and strong immune response. This leads to large swollen cysts deep within the skin. Acne cysts damage the top layer of the skin, the epidermis, leading to discoloured marks. But they also damage the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis, which contains fibrous tissues like collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. These fibrous tissues give the skin its structure; they are what keep the skin smooth and firm. When the skin becomes damaged, more of these tissues are produced to heal the broken skin, but unfortunately for us, our skin doesn’t care what it looks like. As soon as the open spots and swellings have gone away, the healing process stops, leaving behind healthy, but visibly unevenly textured skin. 

How does Microdermabrasion help? 

Our skin might not care about how it looks, but we certainly do! Luckily microdermabrasion is a great option for helping to improve the appearance of acne scarring. During a Microdermabrasion facial, the therapist uses a handset to pass a fine jet of abrasive crystals over your skin; these crystals gently abrade away dead skin. This removes surface imperfections, and stimulates cell renewal, which has a double action against scarring; it removes the discoloured marks, and helps your skin to replace those old cells with fresh new skin cells. This fades the visible scars, but what about the texture scars – those bumps and dips that are impossible to cover with makeup and can lead to serious feelings of insecurity? There’s good news – Microdermabrasion also works to reduce them! During the facial, the abrasive crystals and dead skin are gently sucked away from the skin using a vacuum, and this vacuum action helps to stimulate collagen production in the dermis, plumping the skin and effectively ‘filling in’ the uneven texture to leave you with even, smooth skin. 

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How can we prevent acne scarring in the first place?

As with most skin problems, prevention is better than cure. There are countless skincare products and treatments out there that claim to help fight acne and reduce scarring, but did you know that Microdermabrasion is also a fantastic treatment against acne itself? Your therapist will avoid any open spots and will work on decongesting your skin to stop more cysts from forming. Just like with treatment for acne scarring, Microdermabrasion will stimulate collagen production to help your skin to heal more effectively. It will also help to calm the redness around your spots, and will stimulate the circulation in your skin to help to reduce swellings, therefore reducing the appearance of spots, and the amount of permanent damage they can do. Take a look at these before and afters to see how effective Microdermabrasion is against acne and acne scarring, and book a consultation with one of our expert therapists today!


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