What Should I Do after Microdermabrasion: A Simple and Healthy Skincare Routine

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We think a microderm can be a wonderful solution both for stretch marks, as well as a variety of other skin issues, but what you do after microdermabrasion is just as important as the treatment itself.

In past articles, we’ve looked at the benefits and disadvantages of microdermabrasion, what the best at-home microderm machine might be, as well as the general safety and recommended frequency of the procedure.

But what happens afterward? Let’s talk a bit about the right skincare after the microdermabrasion routine.

Tip: In this article, we’re talking about any area of the skin that undergoes a microderm, not just the face.

What Should I Do After Microdermabrasion?

It’s crucial that after you’ve put away the microderm wand, you thoroughly but gently clean your skin. You can do this by patting it with a wet cloth. This is done to ensure there is no dead skin cell residue left.

After you’ve cleansed your face, apply a rich moisturizing cream or oil. Remember, microdermabrasion generally leaves the skin tight and dry. You need to counter that and nurture the emerging, healthy skin.

For this part, you can either use your usual moisturizer or a thicker one specifically for aftercare.

Drink a lot of water. Though this should be a general rule, not just something you do after treatment. Hydrated skin is naturally healthy, good-looking skin. And no amount of moisturizer can replace a healthy intake of water every day.

Allowing your skin to rest after a microderm properly will not only ensure that you get optimal results from this session, but also that you can properly and safely undergo the next treatment.

What Shouldn’t I Do After Microdermabrasion?

Perhaps the even more critical section, as several habits or actions can end up harming your skin.

Remember that after a microderm, your skin is sensitive, so it requires that you stay away from some stuff, so that you give it a chance to heal.

Don’t pick at your skin. Microdermabrasion works by boosting cell turnover, and so, it’s normal to experience peeling after a microderm. And we know this can be annoying and unsightly, but you want your skin to grow properly and healthy, right? Peeling at the dead skin can result in scarring or infection, so keep your hands off.

After a microderm, you must avoid sun exposure. Since your skin is now more sensitive, excessive sun exposure can cause the UV rays of the sun to damage your skin and lead to hyperpigmentation. Even a moderate amount of sun exposure can do that, so it’s recommended that, for a few days at least, after your microderm, you stay out of the sun as much as you can

If you need to expose yourself to the sun, make sure you use sunscreen. Look for one with a ‘broad spectrum’ on it. This means it blocks both UVA and UVB rays and ensures your fragile skin is mostly UV free.

Avoid harsh products and chemicals for at least a few days after the procedure. Don’t use harsh cleansers or tanning lotions. Ideally, if you could go make-up free for a couple of days after the process, that would be great, because as you sweat, your make-up risks clogging the pores.

And don’t wax! It’s only logical to avoid this as well as harsh chemicals, but it needed to be said. Don’t apply shaving cream, hair removal lotions, an epilator, or wax to the skin for at least a few days after the procedure. If you need to get rid of hair, it’s recommended you do so before a microderm, but make sure you allow your skin some time to cool down in between the two.

Is It Normal for the Skin To Be Red After A Microderm?

Yes, it is perfectly normal. After all, you have subjected your skin to intense suction and a cosmetic procedure. A little redness is to be expected, but it will fade away in a few hours.

How Long Does It Take for Your Skin To Heal After Microdermabrasion?

How Often should You Have Microdermabrasion?

The generally accepted answer seems to be 7-10 days until new, healthy skin begins to show. However, the microderm is notorious for the minimal downtime it needs. While many experts recommend avoiding all of the above for at least 4-5 days, the first 24 hours after a microderm are the most crucial ones.

Give your skin at least a day to ensure the best results. After this while, your skin will have calmed down, and while it will still be a little sensitive, it won’t be as noticeable as in the beginning.

Final Words

It’s not difficult to care for skin after a microderm, but it’s just as vital that you do so correctly, to avoid any unpleasant side effects and maximize the appearance of your skin.