Microdermabrasion is the process by which the top layers of skin are rubbed off by mechanical means. This typically involves using a brush or mineral to remove the top layers of skin. It is sometimes referred to as exfoliation. Tools for this are often sold as pumice stones or as lotions and creams fortified with grainy minerals.
One alternative method for microdermabrasion is to actually penetrate the skin but in very small holes. The idea here is that this will stimulate the skin to heal which will reduce scarring, improve acne, and improve the skin’s appearance. Small rollers with spikes and needles are often sold over the counter which are supposed to be rolled across the skin as this treatment process.
Do Not Use Microdermabrasion for Current Acne
Regardless of which type of microdermabrasion you pursue, do not use it for current acne lesions. If you scratch or cut the skin, you can induce inflammation which will just make the acne appear worse, make the skin red and swollen, and possibly cause more acne breakouts.
Additionally, the damage you can deal from using microdermabrasion on active acne lesions may cause an infection. The last thing you want do is get your acne infected which could have serious consequences. Even on healthy skin, infection may result. Reduce your chances of having this happen to you by cleansing the area thoroughly both before and after with sanitary alcohol wipes. This may help reduce the risk of infection but will not prevent it entirely.
Microdermabrasion for Acne Prevention
However, microdermabrasion may be useful for preventing acne on already clear skin. Scraping the top layers of dead skin off the surface of the face may be very beneficial for this purpose. These skin cells often brush off naturally and end up getting stuck in the natural oils of the skin and can clog pores. If you scrape these cells off before they have a chance to fall off naturally, you can then follow up with a face wash to prevent them from entering the pores.
Microdermabrasion for Acne Scars
Sometimes microdermabrasion is recommended for acne scars. However, it does not actually penetrate deep enough in the skin to have any sort of effect. Do not waste your money on these procedures for true acne scars.
Instead, full dermabrasion is needed to reduce acne scars. Note that dark skin can scar from dermabrasion and it is only for those with very fair skin.