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hy have I had a breakout after microdermabrasion

Why can microdermabrasion cause breakouts?

It can be frustrating when you have a microdermabrasion session to get clearer skin, and after the first treatment, you end up with a new crop of breakouts. But don’t despair! It is absolutely normal for some people to experience this, it’s not necessarily a bad thing and it’s one of the common side effects of microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion stimulates cell renewal and draws out impurities from deep within your pores. Unfortunately, these factors combined with the fact that the treatments sometimes cause a healing crisis within the skin can lead to spots! However, it’s temporary, and these breakouts are a sign that your skin is being purified and rejuvenated. Persevere with the treatments, and make sure you’re following the at-home skin care recommendations made by your therapist.

Breakout after microdermabrasion: What to do

Before long, you’ll be seeing the results you were hoping for! If you’re experiencing breakouts on your skin after microdermabrasion, here are a few tips to follow after your treatment to make sure you get the best results:

Don’t touch!

We can’t stress this one enough, it’s absolutely essential that you don’t pick a single spot if you find your skin breaking out after microdermabrasion treatments. Most small breakouts will disappear without a trace if you leave them alone, it’s only if you pick them that they leave a scar. And if you poke and prod them, they will get redder and more swollen, making it more likely that they will leave a mark behind, so no touching either! Apply an anti-blemish gel at night, using a very clean index finger, but don’t do anything else.

Drink plenty of water

Your skin is protected by a layer of water and oil called the hydrolipidic film. It’s made up of sweat (water) and sebum (oil). When you get dehydrated, you sweat less, and this reduces the amount of water in the hydrolipidic film. Your skin compensates by producing more oil, and excess oil can trap dead skin cells, causing blocked pores. Microdermabrasion increases cell turnover, which means more dead skin cells, so make sure your hydrolipidic film is well-balanced, to make sure that the old cells don’t get trapped in your pores.

Treat your skin gently

It’s tempting to attack spots with harsh cleansers, acids and rough scrubs, but don’t fall for it! You’ll only irritate your skin. Instead, carry on with your skincare routine as advised by your therapist. SkinBase skincare products are specially formulated for use after microdermabrasion. You can get them in our online shop or ask your SkinBase therapist. Stay away from harsh products, and let your skin heal instead.

Can microdermabrasion make skin worse?

It may appear that microdermabrasion has made your skin worse in the treated area to begin with as your skin adjusts to the changes. Microdermabrasion can sometimes cause breakouts as the bacteria and dirt is drawn from your skin to leave you with brighter, younger looking skin. However, it’s very rare for breakouts to occur and for your skin to look worse.

You’ll start to see the results of your treatment immediately after your first session, you will notice more vibrant and youthful looking skin which will improve over the first 24 hours. In the weeks after your treatment, the tone and texture of your skin will change as your skin produces more collagen which helps your skin to appear plumper and more elastic.

Rejuvenate your skin

Microdermabrasion can treat a number of skin conditions including uneven skin tone, signs of ageing, acne scarring and more. It’s also suitable for a range of skin types so, if you think it could be the treatment for you, the Skinbase Facial offers the following benefits:

  • Improved skin appearance and texture
  • Completely painless procedure
  • Relaxing treatment
  • Skin improvements from the very first session
  • Calms red and uneven skin tone leaving you with glowing, revitalised skin

Make an appointment with your local therapist.

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