Microdermabrasion Aftercare Tips
By Kenneth Smart Jr. on January 29, 2018
Many people who wish to rejuvenate their appearance by diminishing the appearance of blemishes or large pores can benefit from microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the skin to reduce the signs of sun damage, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles. During microdermabrasion, a diamond-tipped tool is used to run micro-crystals across the face to remove the damaged outer layers of skin and encourage the growth of new, healthy skin cells. Although microdermabrasion is a noninvasive procedure, the skin may be sensitive after treatment. Practicing proper aftercare can help the skin heal faster and ensure optimal results. Dr. Ken Smart offers these microdermabrasion aftercare tips to help his Frisco, TX, patients recover quickly and enjoy the rejuvenating results of microdermabrasion as soon as possible after treatment.
Relieve Your Skin with Cool Water or Ice
After microdermabrasion, some people find their face feels like it's been sunburned. This sensation generally resolves after 24 hours, but may be relieved by splashing cold water, applying an ice pack, or rubbing an ice cube over the skin.
Keeping the skin moisturized after microdermabrasion can help encourage healing, reduce discomfort, and keep the skin from drying out while it heals. Gentle moisturizers formulated for sensitive skin, soothing ointments like petroleum jelly, or natural oils, are the best options because they are less likely to irritate the skin. Before applying moisturizers, the hands should be thoroughly washed to prevent transferring bacteria from the hands to the face.
Do Not Exfoliate the Skin or Use Harsh Facial Products
When washing the face, it is important to use gentle cleansers or plain water. Exfoliating scrubs and facial products, such as astringents, should not be used for about a full week after microdermabrasion treatment. Patients should also avoid using facial products with alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, or vitamin A during this time as they can irritate the sensitive skin.
Stay Out of Direct Sunlight and Wear Sunscreen
During the first two weeks following treatment, the newly exposed layer of skin will be sensitive to sun exposure. Therefore, patients should take care to avoid direct sunlight. Tanning beds can be as damaging to the skin as sun exposure and should also be avoided.
Before going outside, it is recommended that patients apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater and reapply every couple of hours to ensure proper coverage. Wearing a hat and sunglasses in combination with using sunscreen can provide even greater protection from sun exposure and skin damage. Continuing these practices long after the skin recovers from microdermabrasion can reduce the likelihood of developing sun spots and other sun-related damage.
Alter Your Beauty Routine
The skin will be sensitive after microdermabrasion. Many patients will need to alter their beauty routines for up to two weeks to avoid irritating the skin. Skincare products that include a high alcohol content or fragrances should be avoided for two to three days after microdermabrasion as well as wearing foundation makeup or powder. Additionally, depilatory creams or facial waxing should be avoided for two weeks.
Do Not Peel the Skin
Some skin flaking or scabbing should be expected after microdermabrasion. Patients should avoid touching their face to prevent scarring or introducing bacteria and oils as it heals.
Learn More About Microdermabrasion
For more information about microdermabrasion, or for more aftercare tips, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smart.
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