Why Is My Skin Breaking Out After Microdermabrasion?

Why is my skin breaking out after microdermabrasion? When you invest in microdermabrasion to treat your acne-prone skin, that is the last thing you want to be asking. If that is a problem you are dealing with – there is no need to worry. Post treatment breakouts are extremely common. 

Why is my skin breaking out after microdermabrasion? Given that you invested in microdermabrasion to treat your acne-prone skin, this is the last question you want to ask yourself. If you are dealing with this problem – there is no need to worry. Post treatment breakouts are extremely common.


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Microdermabrasion is a controlled, exfoliating procedure that resurfaces the skin for complete rejuvenation. With the use of non-allergenic crystal, the skins outermost layers of dead skin cells, dirt and debris are removed. After the jet of abrasive crystals, any debris is vacuumed from the skin. The SkinBase microdermabrasion treatment can be used across the face and the body for a variety of skin concerns, for example, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, lacklustre skin and stretch marks. Commonly, microdermabrasion is used for acne and acne scarring.

Breaking Out After Microdermabrasion?

As the exfoliating crystals are worked across the skin, the treatment stimulates blood flow and cell renewal. These processes can potentially trigger a “healing crisis” within the skin. A healing crisis is a temporary worsening of symptoms when beginning a treatment. When treating acne with microdermabrasion, you may suffer from more breakouts as your skin purges any remaining impurities from the pores. A healing crisis is nothing to worry about, and the breakouts should be brief – as long as you follow a few rules.

(1) Stay Hydrated!

As always, you must stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water will minimise the potential for clogged pores, as water helps flush away toxins and removes bacteria. You will also benefit from greater elasticity, and slow down visible signs of ageing. If you are not drinking enough water, your skin will overproduce oils to make up for it, increasing the potential for more clogged pores. Try to drink between 6 to 8 glasses of water every day to avoid excess oil production.

(2) Don’t Pick!

Don’t pick your skin! Touching your skin and picking or popping your spots is only going to make the situation worse. Any interference with your breakouts could push bacteria and pus back into the skin. You could also create further problems for your skin – such as acne scarring. So remember, patience is key! Healing crisis breakouts often clear up much quicker than pre-treatment acne would when left alone.

(3) Stick to Your Aftercare 

Continue your therapist-approved skincare routine, and keep your skin clean, moisturised and protected. Use gentle products that won’t aggravate your skin, such as the SkinBase Essentials Range. Also, remember to use at least SPF 15+ throughout your Microdermabrasion course, and replenish the skin regularly with moisturiser.

Book your course of Microdermabrasion today to resurface and rejuvenate your skin.

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