We’re often asked – is it okay to do microdermabrasion on the legs? Though a wonderfully popular and efficient method to reduce and fade stretch marks (as well as many other skin ailments), microderm seems to be most appropriate for the facial area, which is why a lot of people wonder if it’s okay to do it in other places.
So, Can I Use Microdermabrasion on My Legs?
If you’ve read our in-depth review of the best professional microdermabrasion machines, you’ll know already that there are plenty of handheld options out there that allow you to apply this treatment anywhere you wish. Including on the legs, yes!
Why on the legs? Because the knees and the thighs are some of the most popular “destinations” for stretch marks, unfortunately. Stretch marks on the legs can be particularly annoying because there are just so many situations where our body or our legs can be exposed. In the summer, it’s paramount, but it can be challenging to go bare when you know your skin is damaged and streaked.
That being said, it’s perfectly safe to use a microderm machine on your legs, though not on your feet. The skin on your feet is very sensitive, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. This is why the substance used for microderms can do more harm than good. Using it over the thin skin of your legs, you risk irritation and even scarring.
Can Microdermabrasion Help With The Scars On My Legs?
The short answer is yes, microderm can help with the scars you have on your legs. However, we advise that you proceed with care.
Skin is different depending on the area of the body, and the skin on our legs, depending on the individual, can be more or less sensitive than the skin on our face. Microdermabrasion is frequently used by professionals to treat scarring from accidents, stretch marks, and other superficial blemishes.
This process works by stimulating the skin’s natural healing properties.
So yes, microderm can work wonders in shrinking and fading away your scars. But you need to be careful. Ideally, you should discuss the possibility of doing microderm on your scars with a dermatologist beforehand.
Alternatively, if you own an at-home microdermabrasion machine and plan to do it yourself, we suggest you do a patch test first, to see how the skin on your legs reacts to the treatment.
If doing microderm at home, we also encourage you to start on the lowest possible power setting and working up from there. This makes it less likely that you will hurt yourself and cause even worse scars on your legs.
Does Microdermabrasion also Work for Ingrown Hairs?
Microdermabrasion, being an exfoliation method, is also used to treat ingrown hairs.
What is an ingrown hair?
Ingrown hair is hair that, instead of growing up and out of your skin, as is typical, grows backward. It’s a hair that does not manage to break through the skin. These can cause inflammation, infections, dark spots, and are most common on the legs, due to frequent hair removal procedures.
The reason your hair can’t grow normally is either an excess of sebum in the pore or an accumulation of dead skin. This is why frequent exfoliation is the most recommended method for getting rid of ingrown hairs.
Step in microdermabrasion. A microderm uses a substance that affects the top-most layer of the skin. By removing dead skin cells, a microderm is essentially ‘cleaning out’ your clogged pores and allowing hair to grow normally.
Does Microdermabrasion Work for Strawberry Legs?
‘Strawberry legs’ is a term frequently used for keratosis pilaris. With strawberry legs, your skin looks bumpy and covered in brown dots/pits. This can occur after shaving, as well as many other skin problems, and is a result of clogged pores.
Microdermabrasion, as a form of exfoliation, can help keep the pores clean, and thus reduce the appearance of your marks.
However, the skin tends to be somewhat sensitive when it comes to strawberry legs, so we would recommend you try a milder form of exfoliation, and if that doesn’t work, that you then move on to microderm.
Remember, you don’t want to irritate the skin further.
Is Microdermabrasion Efficient for Brown Spots on The Legs?
Dark spots can be caused by a wide variety of things: from sun exposure to ingrown hairs to inflammation.
The good news is, a microderm treatment can help speed up the healing process and fade your dark spots considerably, by resurfacing new, healthy skin. This might also be useful in treating melasma, a pregnancy-related condition that produces brown spots on the skin.
Can Microdermabrasion Help with Varicose Veins?
Sadly, no. Though it’s technically safe to do a microderm over the spider and varicose veins, it cannot change their appearance. Varicose veins generally appear on the legs after you put enormous pressure on them. This is why pregnant women or older people tend to get them.
And while there are various cosmetic treatments explicitly intended for varicose veins, microdermabrasion can not help them, since it is only a skin-deep treatment.
Microdermabrasion can be a wonderful treatment for your legs, and it can quickly restore your confidence and have you wearing skirts and shorts again. We hope we’ve answered all your questions and helped you make an informed decision on whether or not a microderm is the right treatment for you.