This can include redness and swelling, which should go away within a few hours. Later on, you can expect your skin to be scaly and dry for several days. Therefore, the risk of side effects is negligible if the microdermabrasion treatment is performed by a knowledgeable and conscientious technician. Skin infections are also a rare but possible side effect.
Skin infections after microdermabrasion occur when the part of the machine that comes into contact with the skin was not properly cleaned or when the crystals used are of poor quality or not properly handled. For example, if a machine was used on a person with severe acne and wasn't properly cleaned, bacteria on their skin can transfer to yours and be a cause of infection. If the microdermabrasion machine isn't properly cleaned, there's a risk that you'll get an infection. This is very unlikely to happen in an accredited clinic or by someone who has been well trained and has experience in microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is an exfoliation process that gently removes the outer layer of the skin, where dead, opaque cells are found. The treatment uses tiny crystals that break down these cells to reveal the smoother, softer skin underneath. You can reduce the risk of developing an infection by only going to professional and cleaning salons or by using your own microdermabrasion machine at home and making sure to clean it thoroughly after each use. Both professional and household microdermabrasion machines have a two-step method that consists of exfoliating the skin by spraying small crystals or using a diamond tip and then using a suction system that sucks up dead skin cells and other debris from the face.
However, before investing in your first home microdermabrasion machine, it's important to know what to expect from your first microdermabrasion sessions, what the side effects are, and how to manage them. A home microdermabrasion machine is an ideal investment if you're interested in taking your skincare routine one step further, but don't want to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on regular facial treatments.