Microdermabrasion: Big Name, Big results??

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Microdermabrasion, popularly known as “body polishing”, is a simple and safe, office cosmetic procedure that has gained popularity in the last 5 years. Here are a few pre and post procedure instructions that will help you achieve best results with microdermabrasion with little side effects.

To get the most out of your treatment you will need to follow these simple rules:


  • Discontinue the use of Accutane/Isotretinoin for one (1) year prior to treatment.
  • Discontinue use of over the counter Retinol, Glycolic and other Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Salicylic or Beta Hydroxy Acids, or other exfoliation products three (3) daysprior to treatment.
  • Discontinue use of prescription Retinoid products (Retin-A, Renova, Tretinoin, Avita, Alustra or other brands of Tretinoin), other prescription Retinoid products (Adapalene, Avage, Differin, Tazorac, Tazarotene) thirty (30) days prior to treatment.
  • If you are prone to cold sores, you will need to contact your physician for antiviral medication such as Famivir, Valtrex or Zovirax to avoid a post treatment breakout. It is recommended you begin prophylaxis two (2) days prior to treatment and continue for five (5) days post treatment.
  • Discontinue the use of the following products and activities for ten (10) days prior to treatment:
    • Botox, Collagen, Juvederm, Gortex Restylane, Perlane, Alloderm or other injectibles
    • Waxing, electrolysis and other hair removal products or methods
  • Follow all pre-microdermabrasion home care product recommendations as instructed by your Technician to avoid possible complications.


A skin microdermabrasion procedure can exfoliate up to 25 microns of the top surface (stratum corneum) of your skin. The stratum corneum is made up of dead skin cells that provide a buffer to your living cells. Any substance that is applied post-treatment is absorbed very quickly and deeply. A slight rosy glow, much like sunburn, may appear for approximately 24-48 hours. Your skin will feel “wind-burned” and will also be more vulnerable. The risk of getting sunburned following a treatment increases dramatically.

  • You may resume your daily activities or return to work immediately. Mineral make up can be applied following a treatment. If you experience discomfort following make-up application, remove it immediately.
  • Sunscreen will be applied to your skin before you leave.You must protect your skin every day with a full spectrum sunscreen that protects both UVA and UVB with an SPF of 30 or higher. We recommend you use a sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to provide you with full spectrum protection. Avoid direct sun exposure. All tanning and tanning beds must be avoided during the course of treatments.
  • For the first 24-48 hours, use a mild cleanser, hydrating moisturizer, eye cream, and sunscreen. If you are treating hyperpigmentation, the use of lightening products is strongly recommended.
  • Do not use glycolic, alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, retinol, benzoyl peroxide or topical acne medications for three (3) days following treatment. You may resume the use of these products after this period has elapsed.
  • You may resume prescription retinoid products (Retin A, Renova, Tretinoin, Avita, Alustra or other brands of Tretinoin) and other prescription retinoid products (Adapalene, Avage, Differin, Tazorac, Tazarotene) seven (7) days after last microdermabrasion treatment, or as instructed by your technician. If you are receiving a series of treatments, do not resume any of these products until after you have completed your last microdermabrasion treatment.
  • Refrain from waxing, electrolysis or other hair removal methods for thirty (30) days. Upon resumption, please notify your technician that you recently had a microdermabrasion.
  • Refrain from Botox, collagen or other tissue filler injections for seven (7) days following a microdermabrasion treatment.
  • Avoid exercise for at least a few hours after procedure. Drink additional water. Cold compresses can provide relief from the “wind-burned” feeling.
  • Follow all post-microdermabrasion home care product recommendations as instructed by your Technician. Optimal results are achieved by following a home care regimen that will enhance the microdermabrasion process.


Failure to follow these instructions may result in prolonged healing or other complications post microdermabrasion treatment.


So based on what you know about it now, you may be able to decide more easily if this is something you would do. This information comes straight from my forms that I have for my clients that have it done.

I personally love the service, I feel like it creates great results for dull dry skin, fine lines and things- it is better for preventing than actually getting rid of your wrinkles, but I have seen it reduce the fine lines and help with pigmentation issues too.  It’s one of the least expensive salon services you can do for your skin. so overall I feel like it does produce some big results.