How to Care for Skin After Microdermabrasion

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Microdermabrasion is an excellent way to remove dead skin cells from your skin, giving you a polished and more glowing complexion. You can get treatments done in a professional dermatologist's office or spa, or you can even do it yourself with at-home treatment products. Regardless, after treatment, your skin can feel sore or appear red for a couple hours afterward, and/or be extra sensitive for the next day or so. This requires gentle care. Here is how to care for skin after microdermabrasion.

Things You'll Need

  • Cold/cool water
  • Cold pack or face cloth
  • Gentle skin cleanser
  • Gentle moisturizer
Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion

Step 1

If your face feels sore or similar to that of a sunburn, try rinsing your face with cold water or applying a cold pack or cold, wet face cloth to your face until it feels better.

Applying cold water
Applying cold water

Step 2

When you do wash your face, be extra gentle. Use a sensitive skin cleanser that contains no harsh dyes, perfumes or chemicals, and make sure you rinse with lukewarm or cool water.

Gently wash face
Gently wash face

Step 3

Apply a hypo-allergenic, unscented facial moisturizer after washing. Use a gentle touch when applying.

Apply face lotion.
Apply face lotion.

Step 4

Avoid using harsh products for the next two days, especially those that contain anything with the following ingredients, which can further irritate the skin: salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid or glycolic acid. Be sure to also avoid exfoliating scrubs.

Avoid harsh products
Avoid harsh products

Step 5

After two days or on the advice of your dermatologist, resume your regular skincare routine.

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