What are the Side Effects of Microdermabrasion?

What are the Side Effects of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a popular and standard treatment in salons, dermatologist offices, and medical spas. It’s an excellent method for profoundly exfoliating the skin, leaving it softer and smoother. However, as marvelous as its benefits are, microdermabrasion has side effects.

This post will give a detailed look at the side effects of microdermabrasion.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion, a minimally invasive procedure, enhances the skin’s general tone and texture. Melasma, age spots, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, UV damage, and other skin-related problems can all be made to appear less noticeable.

The thick outer layer of the skin is softly sanded off using a specialized applicator with an abrasive surface to rejuvenate the skin.

An alternative kind of microdermabrasion uses suction to squirt tiny sodium bicarbonate or aluminum oxide particles to achieve the same results as an abrasive surface. Continue reading to find out more about the process.

TEN Salon & Med Spa uses Microderm. Microderm uses a vacuum suction wand covered in broken diamonds to remove the top layers of dull skin cells gently. As a result, the skin’s texture becomes smoother, its complexion becomes more radiant, collagen is produced, fine lines and wrinkles are softer, and acne scarring is lessened.

How Microdermabrasion Works

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that deeply exfoliates the skin to revitalize it. We gently remove the dull exfoliated cells using our sophisticated exfoliation technique, which squirts tiny crystals into the targeted area. 

After four to six sessions, this process will continue to improve your outcomes while smoothing and brightening your skin. It increases the skin’s ability to absorb nutrients and stimulates new collagen synthesis. Your skincare products will noticeably and effectively seep into your skin for the best effects. 

Microdermabrasion shows softer, more vibrant skin and addresses several skin surface issues, such as:

  • Blackheads
  • Age spots
  • Acne scarring
  • Sun fading
  • Uneven texture
  • Wrinkles and lines

Does Microdermabrasion Have Side Effects?

Microdermabrasion is a relatively safe technique when carried out correctly. Side effects are often mild because microdermabrasion only affects the top layers of the skin. Your risks are significantly lower if a professional and responsible technician does your microdermabrasion treatment.

Before beginning your microdermabrasion treatment, the technician will go through any potential side effects with you, but in the meantime, below is a list of the most frequent ones. Recall that not everyone will experience these adverse effects. One, two, all, or none of them are possible. Simply put, it depends on your surroundings and skin.


After microdermabrasion, most people notice their skin is slightly pink to red. It usually only lasts a few hours and resembles a minor sunburn. You may experience more noticeable redness that may take a day or more to go away if you have particularly sensitive skin or receive a more intense microdermabrasion treatment to address a particular skin problem. 

How much redness to anticipate should be discussed with your technician.

Skin Dryness or Flakiness

Following a microdermabrasion treatment, dryness or flakiness is not unusual. Fortunately, this usually gets better on its own within a week.

Simply include more moisturizer in your everyday skincare regimen. However, if you have really oily skin, you will like that your skin isn’t as oily as usual during this stage.

Exaggerated Sun Sensitivity

Microdermabrasion, like all deep exfoliation procedures, might increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight (this is called photosensitivity). Therefore, in the days following your treatment, your skin will be more vulnerable to UV damage and more prone to sunburn.

Going to the beach at this time is not a good idea! Wear sunscreen every day that has an SPF of at least 30. Whether you’ve had microdermabrasion or not, wearing sunscreen always is a good skin care habit.


There is a chance of bruising since the microdermabrasion catheter creates a vacuum effect on the skin. Bruising is especially likelier in the delicate areas around the eyes. Bruising is not very common, but it cannot be avoided entirely, especially if your technician is proficient.

However, if your skin is particularly thin or delicate or if you take certain medications (like blood thinners or NSAIDs), you’re more prone to bruises. Additionally, some people simply bruise more quickly than others by nature. If any of these relate to you, let your technician know so that she can take appropriate measures before starting your treatment.


On rare occasions, you could see tiny wounds and blood pricks on the skin after a microdermabrasion procedure. These abrasions occur after a particularly harsh treatment session.

Your technician might occasionally have a justification for performing further work on your skin (in this case, you should discuss your options with your provider before you ever sit down in the chair). Otherwise, careless treatment is to blame. Abrasions aren’t always entirely preventable, like bruises, but many indicate an inexperienced operator.

Working with trained, certified, and experienced professionals are always best when getting medical cosmetic treatments. The TEN Salon & Med Spa team consists of experts handpicked for their skills.

Cold Sores

If you frequently have cold sores, you probably already know that spicy meals, the sun, and stress all seem to bring them on. You can also include microdermabrasion on the list.

When microdermabrasion is performed around the lips, cold sores may occur. You might want to avoid treating the area around your lips if you frequently get cold sores. You could discuss using medicine to prevent cold sores with your doctor before getting your therapy.

What to Do When in Pain

Tell the technician if you ever feel uncomfortable or in pain before, during, or after the procedure. Ask if you have any further questions or worries. A skilled technician can and should relieve your anxiety before, during, and after your procedure.

Last Word

Numerous advantages of microdermabrasion include softer, smoother skin, a more radiant complexion, and fewer fine lines and breakouts. But you’ll need a few treatments to truly reap the rewards.

Initially, it could sound a little frightening, especially if you don’t know what to expect during a microdermabrasion treatment, but the procedure is relatively straightforward. It’s not painful and is a guaranteed effective facial treatment.

Contact TEN Salon & Med Spa to inquire about microdermabrasion or make appointments. Our phone number is 970-669-4836, and our email address is hello@tensalonandspa.com.


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