According to both Nagler and Talakoub, the benefits of microdermabrasion include the following:
  • Smoothness.
  • Brighter complexion.
  • Reduced appearance of fine lines.
  • Evened out skin tone.
  • Reduced appearance of dark spots.
  • Cleaned-out pores

    Side effects

    One of the best parts of microdermabrasion is that side effects are minimal. Both Engelman and Nagler say that most people will experience short-term redness that will improve within just a couple of hours. If your physician happens to go to deep into the skin during treatment, Engelman says you may experience some burning or stinging, but that is only temporary.

    Talakoub says to avoid using retinoids, acids, or peels in conjunction with a microdermabrasion treatment, as it will cause redness. “It should be done with gentle force, never on dry, thin, or sensitive skin,” she says.

    Engelman agrees and recommends that patients stop the use of any retinoid treatments two weeks before and after treatment. She also advises that you tell your physician if you have cold sore breakouts or if you tend to scar easily as a precautionary step.

    Now that you have everything you need to know about microdermabrasion, if you can save up for it, we highly recommend it.