Is Microdermabrasion Good For Acne?

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ANSWER:

Microdermabrasion IS good for acne.

It must be noted however that cosmetic procedures like microdermabrasion and chemical peels only help to control acne breakouts and will be more effective overall if used in conjuction with other acne treatments such topical and oral medications[1].

In some cases however, microdermabrasion is not advised for patients with acne and who are currently undergoing acne treatments because some topical and oral medications may make the skin more fragile and vulnerable to blistering, wounding and scarring if subjected to microdermabrasion treatments[2].

How Does Microdermabrasion Help To Treat Acne?

Microdermabrasion can help to treat acne by assisting in the clearance of pore obstructions, such as excess oils, surface cells, whiteheads and blackheads that may eventually turn into pimples[3]. And because acne prone skin is also characterized by large pores, oily skin and the presence of blackheads, microdermabrasion can help clear these symptoms by its exfoliating action[4].

Acne Treatments

The medical approach to acne involves the use of topical creams or ointments that kill acne bacteria and reduce the oil on the skin. Examples of these topical treatments are salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and retinoid[5]. More severe cases of acne are also treated with oral medications such as isotretinoin, birth control pills and antibiotics, which work similarly to topical treatments but are stronger in dose and more suited to very severe cases of acne[6].

In order for you to get the most out of your microdermabrasion treatments to treat your acne, it is important that you are also taking care of your condition with medical treatments such as oral and topical medications. Microdermabrasion during acne treatment should also be approached with caution as these medications can cause your skin to be very fragile, thus medical supervision is a must.

 

Resources

[1]Mayo Clinic Staff. “Acne: Treatments and Drugs.” Mayo Clinic. Web. 06 June 2011. <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acne/DS00169/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs>.

[2] Mayo Clinic Staff. “Acne: Treatments and Drugs.” Mayo Clinic. Web. 06 June 2011. <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acne/DS00169/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs>.

[3] “Microdermabrasion Brisbane.” Cosmetic Clinic Brisbane Wrinkle Treatment Skin Rejuvenation Hair Removal. Web. 06 June 2011. <http://www.skinrevision.net.au/microdermabrasion-brisbane/>.

[4]“Microdermabrasion Brisbane.” Cosmetic Clinic Brisbane Wrinkle Treatment Skin Rejuvenation Hair Removal. Web. 06 June 2011. <http://www.skinrevision.net.au/microdermabrasion-brisbane/>.

[5]“Acne: Diagnosis, Treatment | AAD.” American Academy of Dermatology. Web. 06 June 2011. <http://www.aad.org/skin-conditions/dermatology-a-to-z/acne/diagnosis-treatment>.

[6]“Acne: Diagnosis, Treatment | AAD.” American Academy of Dermatology. Web. 06 June 2011. <http://www.aad.org/skin-conditions/dermatology-a-to-z/acne/diagnosis-treatment>.

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