Can Microdermabrasion Treat Your Acne Scars?
When Microdermabrasion Can (and Can Not) Be Used to Treat Acne Scars
There are many new acne treatments being introduced almost every day and improvements in acne treatments are being made all the time. Microdermabrasion is one example of a possible acne treatment that many acne sufferers consider at some point. But does it work and is it worth it? If you’ve been considering microdermabrasion for your acne scars, we have the answers you’re looking for.
What is Microdermabrasion?
The basic concept behind microdermabrasion is to forcefully apply tiny grains to the skin that will peal away the outer layer. This outside layer of skin consists of mostly dead skin cells and microdermabrasion peals away the dead skin layers without affecting the inside layer of the skin (the dermis).
Microdermabrasion is sometimes successful at reducing the appearance of acne scars when, and only when, the acne scars are limited to the outside layer of the skin. If the scarring goes deep into the dermis, microdermabrasion will not be successful. In some instances, it can even make your acne worse.
Microdermabrasion is available at most spas and private health clinics. It is a non-invasive treatment and is a valuable alternative to plastic surgery. It is not a cure-all, but it is very good at eliminating blemishes from the skin.
Small wrinkles will also be eliminated during microdermabrasion, but major wrinkles will not be removed entirely. The same is true for scars. Minor scaring and discoloration could be removed from the skin; however, major scars will not be eliminated from using microdermabrasion.
Clear It Up First
If microdermabrasion sounds like something that would work for you, there are a few things you need to consider. First, it’s important when undergoing an acne treatment such as microdermabrasion that you don’t currently have acne. If your acne still hasn’t been successfully treated, you will need to focus on clearing up your acne before pursuing any treatment to reduce scarring.
Also, if you undergo microdermabrasion and it works, but your acne returns and causes more scarring, you’re going to need to go through the entire process all over again.