Microdermabrasion is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that revitalizes the skin and reduces the appearance of acne scars and age spots. This simple procedure removes the dead skin cells allowing the healthier skin to show through. It is a painless practice, which allows patients to go on with their day with little rehabilitation time. Even though this “lunchtime non-surgery” has no down time, there are certain things that must be done after the procedure to help the area heal properly.
It is normal for facial redness to appear immediately following the microdermabrasion procedure. It is also normal for the face to itch or feel like it has a mild sunburn. Patients can help alleviate these symptoms by cleaning the area immediately after treatment. This removes any micro-crystals and dead skin cells left. When cleansing, use a soft wet cloth and rehydrating toner.
After the removing any residue, allow the face to completely dry. After drying, use a rich moisturizer on the surface. Repeat this process daily to help minimize peeling.
Patients should also apply sunscreen to their face each time they go outside, even on cloudy days. The microdermabrasion procedure makes the skin more photosensitive, meaning even a little sun could result in a sunburn. All patients should avoid extended sun exposure during the first week after treatment.
When to Resume Makeup
Some doctors say it is okay to begin wearing foundation or concealer almost immediately after the treatment. However, most doctors agree it is best to let the skin heal for two to three days before putting makeup on. For those patients who cannot stand to have a naked face, lipstick and eye makeup is should not adversely affect healing.
What to Apply Instead of Makeup
The areas of the face that received microdermabrasion may be tender immediately following treatment. In order to alleviate this sensation, use copper-based lotion, creams, and ointments. Topical creams containing vitamin A, C, or E can help the skin look its best during recovery. Those who suffer from itchiness may try cool rags to calm the skin.