Why Microdermabrasion Is So Popular and How It Can Help You

Woman receiving Microdermabrasion treatment Why Microdermabrasion Is So Popular and How It Can Help You

Microdermabrasion is the superstar of the beauty world--and for good reason. This cosmetic dermatology treatment can reduce acne, scarring, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone, creating bright and youthful skin. Here’s what you need to know about microdermabrasion and its benefits.

What Is Microdermabrasion and What Does it Do?

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a superficial peeling therapy that gently exfoliates the outer layer of the skin, revealing smooth skin underneath. During the treatment, a dermatologist uses a small tool to remove dead skin cells. This tool either sprays or rubs small crystals onto the surface of the skin to exfoliate. The entire procedure lasts about 30 minutes.

Keep in mind that microdermabrasion is different from dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a more aggressive treatment that removes the outer layer of the skin using an abrasive tool. This procedure typically requires a topical anesthetic and may have more side effects.

Since microdermabrasion is minimally abrasive, clients can expect few side effects. You may notice redness, dryness, and flaking for a few days following treatment. Your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to wear sunscreen. Following after care instructions will help reduce potential side effects.

How Can This Treatment Benefit Your Skin?

Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular skin treatments because this exfoliating therapy is gentle and effective on most skin types. To give you more reasons to add this treatment to your skin care regimen, microdermabrasion also offers a wide variety of cosmetic benefits:

  • Reduces Acne: Many dermatologists will recommend microdermabrasion for acne. The treatment removes dead skin cells that may clog the pores. Gentle exfoliation can also fade acne scars.
  • Fades Dark Spots: If you’re dealing with hyperpigmentation freckles or conditions like melasma, microdermabrasion may help. You will likely need several rounds of treatment to see results. Clients with more severe hyperpigmentation may benefit from treatments like laser therapy.
  • Smooths Stretch Marks: This treatment isn’t just for your face. Microdermabrasion for stretch marks can smooth out the skin on the body as well. Your dermatologist will recommend whether microdermabrasion is the right treatment to fade your stretch marks.
  • Evens Out Skin Tone: Dermatologists often recommend microdermabrasion to even out a client’s overall skin tone. This gentle exfoliation can smooth out texture and pigmentation irregularities, evening out the skin over time.
  • Brightens Complexion: A layer of dead skin on your face may cause dullness. Removing this layer can reveal bright and youthful skin underneath. While other factors, like skin dehydration, can lead to dullness, microdermabrasion can help.

Remember to always book your microdermabrasion treatments at a dermatology and cosmetic center. At-home treatments are not as effective and can damage the skin. A licensed dermatologist will ensure that this treatment is right for you and perform the treatment safely. Your dermatologist can answer your questions about microdermabrasion and other exfoliating therapies at a consultation appointment.


The skin experts at Pacific Dermatology Specialists are proud to offer microdermabrasion among our cosmetic treatments. With locations in Carson, CA and other communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, we provide quality cosmetic services in our clean and professional offices. We also offer medical and surgical services to support your overall skin health. Contact us today to learn more about our offerings or to book an appointment.

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