Microdermabrasion For Treating Acne


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What is microdermabrasion?

An import from Hollywood, the microdermabrasion process, also known as skin polishing, is considered to be a highly effective alternative to chemical peeling, dermabrasion, plastic surgery, and botox. In fact, this procedure can be best described as plastic surgery minus the plastic or the surgery!

It is a non-surgical, non-invasive and a non-chemical procedure, that involves spraying microcrystals or grains, such as aluminum oxide, magnesium oxide, sodium chloride, and sodium bicarbonate to abrade and exfoliate the upper dead layer of your skin, to reveal a youthful, fresh, and healthier skin.

What happens during a microdermabrasion procedure?

The microdermabrasion procedure involves the following steps:

  1. Using a deep cleansing, soothing gel or foam the doctor cleanses your skin at the outset to remove the makeup, dust, impurities and natural oils.  

  2. The areas to be treated are marked on your skin.

  3. Depending on your condition, the doctor may administer a required amount of anesthesia. Very often though anesthesia is not required, however, the skin is stretched to provide some tension so that the dead skin can be effectively scraped off.  

  4. Using a handpiece, or a microdermabrasion system, held against the skin, the doctor then directs a stream of micro aluminum oxide crystals which exfoliates the skin. The suction created by the handpiece removes the skin debris and crystals.

  5. A nourishing sun blocking cream is applied on your skin after the microdermabrasion is over.

The entire process can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 60 minutes. 

Are there any side effects of microdermabrasion? 

The risks you may face after undergoing this procedure include temporary skin discoloration, peeling, blistering, and scarring. You may suffer from infections, scabbing or blistering if you fail to follow the post-treatment guidelines.  

Are there any post-treatment guidelines for microdermabrasion? 

You will need to cleanse your skin frequently and apply the prescribed ointment, or moisturizer. You need to avoid the direct sun for at least 7 days. If you cannot avoid the sun you need to use a sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher.

How many sessions will I need for microdermabrasion? 

You may need multiple treatments ranging from 6 – 12 sessions, which may last from 20 minutes to 1 hour to see significant improvement in your skin texture. Treatments are usually given one to two weeks apart. 

How long will it take to recover from microdermabrasion? 

After a microdermabrasion session, the skin usually takes 2-3 days to completely heal. Infact, an advantage of undergoing this procedure is the quick recovery time, making this treatment an ideal option for you, if you cannot take time off from work. 

Am I an ideal candidate for microdermabrasion? 

If you have deep acne scars then this is not an effective treatment option for you. The procedure is rather akin to brushing your teeth to remove plaque.  

Microdermabrasion can efficiently remove dried and shallow acne marks. It can also effectively treat skin pigmentation, hyperpigmentation, age spots, blackheads and light stretch marks.

You are an ideal candidate for this procedure if you have a sensitive skin and suffer from issues such as acne marks, wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin pigmentation, clogged pores and minor scars. 

What is the price/cost of microdermabrasion in India? 

Cost of Root Canal Treatment can vary depending upon the city/locality,  clinic/hospital type, experience of the provider, technology & material used, skin area and skin type etc. Typically, the cost of microdermabrasion session may range between Rs. 1500 to Rs. 5000.

Please consult your doctor to get the exact treatment plan and price quote suiting your unique needs.

Are the results of microdermabrasion permanent? 

Results are not considered to be permanent. Acne may disappear for few months or years and may re-appear. 

More Topics Related to Acne Treatment

People interested in this topic also read: 


1. Arora S, A Study of Efficacy of Microdermabrasion in Treatment of Facial Acne Scars. Renupublisherscom. 2018. Available at: http://www.renupublishers.com/images/article/144072008404_IJDMS_1(2)_02_OA.pdf. Accessed March 2, 2018.

2. Lloyd J. The Use of Microdermabrasion for Acne: A Pilot Study. 2018. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1524-4725.2001.00313.x/full. Accessed March 2, 2018.

3. Freedman B, Rueda-Pedraza E, Waddell S. The Epidermal and Dermal Changes Associated with Microdermabrasion. 2018. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1524-4725.2001.01031.x/full. Accessed March 2, 2018.

4. Shim E, Barnette D, Hughes K, Greenway H. Microdermabrasion: A Clinical and Histopathologic Study. 2018. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1524-4725.2001.01001.x/full. Accessed March 2, 2018.

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Patient Experiences

Aakriti Sharma
Effective Microdermabrasion Treatment for Acne
Good experience!PRP ,microdermabrasion treatment all were done with precision and care . Wanted a better result.But,its fine...Read Less
Doctor in this story :Dr. Pooja Gupta
Skin Care Clinic & Hair Transplant Centre
Great Results With Microdermabrasion
** ******* ** * ********* ******* She is a very good listener and gave me enough time to explain all my problems. She then took a thorough medical history and examined me carefully. After that she suggested treatments for my skin and hair. I had used many medicines from various doctors but never could get relief. With Dr Radhika's treatment my skin and hair problems have been solved. I have undergone PRP therapy for my hair fall & peels and microdermabrasion for my acne with great results. Thanks to Dr Radhika i feel much more confident now. She has also taught me how to take regular care for my skin and hair....Read Less
Doctor in this story :Dr. Radhika Chaukhande
Healthy Skin
Srushti Shinde
Effective Microdermabrasion Treatment
Professional and a skilled doctor. I visited the clinic for my acne concerns. The doctor was very underdtanding and informative. She gave me advice and the time i needed to go the procedure. For i now i have had 2 microdermabrasion sittings and results are showing. My skin looks better than ever. I highly recommend solskin clinic to anyone who suffers from any skin problems....Read Less
Doctor in this story :Dr. Shruti Jadhav Devershi
Solskin - Professional Dermacare

Questions answered by trusted doctors

Verified User
Skin problems- Combination skin, uneven skin tone, acne scar, dark circles, open pores and tanning.

Will microdermabrasion be helpful?

Also, what is the average cost for the treatment?

Dr. Manoj Agarwala
Dermatologist, Raipur
Microdermabrasion is okay but you can benefit more from CO2 lasers. 4) Fractional CO2 laser for skin re-contouring It may take a couple of sessions, may be 5-6 over a period of few months for a good appreciable result. There is a down time with the procedure and one can experience redness and swelling on the treated area, that will persist for 3-5 days post procedure.
Verified User
I took 3 sessions of co2 laser but didn't get any results on face acne scars. Someone recommended me to go for microdermabrasion now. But i heard microdermabrasion is a scam. it will not do anything on face even after 10-12 sessions. Is this true?
Dr. Niraj Jain
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Dear its not a scam. As name suggests its a micro dermaabrasion. So therapeutic result depends on level of scar you have. In your case ablative laser is better or better you show to any good dermatologist nearby to you.
Verified User
I have large size pores and few acne holes on my cheeks. I want to remove the same. Please let me know if this treatment is enough for this.
Dr. Shaurya Rohatgi
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Microdermabrasion is now a very old procedure. I prescribe cream and also do laser for pores. Please call me or send photos using online consult option for proper examination diagnosis and treatment advice.
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Did you know?

Foods do not cause breakouts

Chocolates do not cause pimples or acne, neither does pizza or fries. In fact, there's little evidence that specific foods actually do cause acne. Staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet, though, can help definitely result in a clear, glowing skin.

Sun exposure can minimize breakouts

Spending small amounts of time (10 to 20 minutes) in the sun can be beneficial for healing acne. Too much sun exposure though can be harmful. It can cause more breakouts and darken existing acne scars.

Do not overclean

Over exfoliating and over cleansing can actually aggravate your acne problems. It can irritate and dry your skin out, and make it produce more oil and then cause breakouts. Overdoing acne treatments can have the same effect. Therefore, stick to a morning and night regimen — cleanse, medicate, and moisturize.

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