We all know microdermabrasion can be an excellent and relatively painless method to get healthy, shiny skin, but is it safe to do microdermabrasion under the eyes?
In previous articles, we’ve looked at some of the best at-home microdermabrasion machines. Having read all the wonderful effects Microderm can have on stretch-marked skin, you might be tempted to try it on your eyes, as well.
But is it as efficient to treat wrinkles around the eyes, for example? Or to improve the appearance of dark bags?
Is It Safe to Do Microdermabrasion Under My Eyes?
It depends. While it is generally safe to apply a microderm machine on the skin underneath your eyes, we recommend that you do so carefully. Remember that the skin under and around your eyes is thin and sensitive, and what works for other areas might not work so well here.
When done improperly, microdermabrasion under the eyes can lead to irritation, bumps, bruising, and scarring. In other words, you might end up looking worse.
We’d recommend going to a professional, at least for the first few treatments, and paying attention to the way they use the microderm machine around your eyes. If, after these sessions, you feel confident about trying microderm on your own, then do so carefully.
Start your machine on the lowest possible setting and do not linger on any one skin spot for too long (this can create bruising).
Attention! Always use crystal-free microdermabrasion around the eye area. The tiny crystals used in more traditional microderm treatments can lead to irritation.
Will Microdermabrasion Get Rid of Wrinkles Under and Around the Eyes?
In theory, microdermabrasion can boost collagen and elastin production, leading to firmer, more elastic skin. That being said, it can be somewhat helpful for mild-moderate under-eye wrinkles, but it’s not generally recommended for deep wrinkles.
This is because microdermabrasion only targets the outer-most, superficial layers of the skin and has little to no effect on the deeper layers where wrinkles are formed.
But the collagen boost does make the area appear plumper and the lines less severe. If done regularly, microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of the skin under your eyes.
Can Microdermabrasion Get Rid of Dark Circles Under the Eyes?
It seems that the microderm can only get rid of the dark circles caused by sun exposure. Some people get dark spots under their eyes (resembling freckles) after being in the sun for too long. Microdermabrasion can be effective in fading the appearance of such marks when used together with a lightening cream (containing hydroquinone)
However, microdermabrasion can’t help with dark circles that appear because of poor sleeping habits, constricted blood vessels, or aging.
Will a Microderm Get Rid of Puffy Eyes?
To answer such questions, it’s essential to first look at what causes puffy eyes. Swelling underneath or around the eyes usually signifies the accumulation of liquid in that area. This can be caused by crying, consuming too much salt (which stimulates water retention), or allergies.
We think microdermabrasion is great, but sadly, it can’t do anything for any of the above issues, and as such, it’s not an efficient treatment for puffy eyes. For fast relief, we recommend applying a cold compress or running very cold water over the area under your eyes. Alternatively, you could brew some chamomile tea and apply the bag over the puffiness (chamomile has excellent soothing properties).
Lastly, Does Microdermabrasion Help with Bags Under the Eyes?
Although the terms “dark circles” puffy eyes” and “bags under the eyes” are often used interchangeably, they are, in fact, three separate things. Unlike dark circles and puffy eyes, bags aren’t caused by lack of sleep, too much salt, allergies, or sun damage.
Bags under the eyes are usually genetic, meaning if one parent had them, you’re likely to inherit them. Bags under the eyes can appear as early as your childhood and persist despite a good sleeping schedule or a healthy diet.
To an extent, microdermabrasion can help with bags under the eyes because it makes skin more elastic. Generally, these bags are caused by your skin being too lax and lacking in elasticity. However, while frequent microderms can lessen the appearance of bags, they can’t get rid of them for good.
Please bear in mind that microdermabrasion, depending on the expertise and the machine used, can need a cool-down period. If done around the eyes, it can cause even more puffiness and swelling. So, in a way, it might appear to make it worse, though the effect is temporary.
While we love microderm, in general, we feel that the benefits for your eye area are pretty limited. As such, we think it’s best left to professionals to treat these specific issues, and we’d recommend trying other, milder topical treatments to get rid of bags, dark circles, etc.