Is Microdermabrasion Good for Treating Acne Scars?

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Acne, also known as Acne Vulgaris is a widespread skin disease which is common among the young and old alike. It’s characterized by red skin, pimples and blackheads. It’s a problem that mostly affects the face, the upper part of the back and the upper part of the chest.

For most people, this skin disease diminishes over time but many people have trouble getting rid of it.

However, there are those who continue to struggle with acne in their thirties and forties. No one can predict how long this skin disease can last. Acne scars are a result of bursting the pimples which become blackheads and whiteheads. Acne scars can become permanent when they are not treated in due time. Microdermabrasion works well for a number of skin problems. What can it do for acne scars?

The Procedure

The microdermabrasion procedures itself removes the epidermis leaving you with fresh new skin. However if you’re going to be getting the treatment for acne scars you need to seek professional advice. The treatment can be used at a salon just as a general beauty treatment to safely make the skin look more healthy. However if you have a specific purpose in mind, such as reducing the visibility of scars, you need more advice. You’ll almost certainly need to have the treatment in a clinic rather than salon.

Get The Right Advice

So consult with a dermatologist or doctor before getting any sort of treatment. They’ll be able to tell you if the treatment will even be able to make an impact on your scars. This will be done after a proper examination. We can’t stress enough how important this bit is.


It’s possible that a treatment which gets you great results will only be possible when the microdermabrasion device is set at a certain intensity, or done for a certain amount of time. So it saves you wasting your money in the long run, even though there may be a consultation cost.

How It Works

Generally speaking, the treatment will work best on mild acne scars after several sessions. More severe scarring will be harder to get rid of. There is a good reason for this. Scarring takes place on the dermis – the layer of skin beneath our outer layer (the epidermis). Microdermabrasion only targets the outer layer of skin. It doesn’t impact the dermis at all.

Not A Complete Cure

Let’s be clear – the treatment isn’t removing the scars in any way. Because, as we explained above, the scars will still be there under your skin. The treatment doesn’t go deep enough. So don’t be conned by any services promising permanent scar removal. However where the treatment really helps is in making the scars much less visible. Read again about the results you can expect. The treatment makes your skin much smoother and blend together some of the textures and even colors.

Less Noticeable

This means if you have a rough acne scar which sticks out or leaves an impression, it can be blended a little bit. So it could look more natural on your skin. The treatment, as it removes your skin, would get the epidermis down to the same level. The skin could then regrow at the same rate. So the scar would still be there, but chances are it wouldn’t be as obvious on your face.

Microdermabrasion should work on depressed and raised acne scars. However raised scars may get better results as the treatment evens them out and makes them closer to the height of the surrounding skin.

Serious Scars

For more serious scars the treatment could have some benefit. You’d need to talk to an expert to know if it could potentially be beneficial. It may even be just one part of your whole treatment process. You however may be better investigating one of the following treatment options:

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