Skin Polishing

Major side effects of skin polishing

What is Skin Polishing?  

Skin polishing, also known as microdermabrasion, is a skin treatment technique that is done to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. It can be done to improve acne, fine lines and dark spots around the skin. Once the treatment is over, you can immediately see some visible results in your skin. The skin becomes radiant, smoother, softer and brighter as the dead skin cells are removed.

Skin polishing can be carried out at home, parlour or more commonly at the dermatologist’s clinic. However, we recommend not to perform this treatment all by yourself without the advice of a skin expert.

Microdermabrasion requires many sessions to polish the skin and make it look even more appealing. This treatment is widely used and popular to provide the skin with the essential and right nutrition that it lacks and along with that, the dead skin cells are removed efficiently.

Skin polishing is usually safe and suitable for all skin types as the treatment is usually painless, gentle and of course, highly effective on the skin as it nurtures the skin with each new session. The procedure of each session does not take more than 45 minutes of your time but it usually varies between 30 to 50 minutes depending on the condition, severity and comfort of your skin and body.

Skin polishing is not just limited to the face and can be used on the neck, back and even hands. It can effectively heal and improve stretch marks, stubborn scars, hyperpigmentation acne, uneven skin, etc. 

What are the Benefits of Skin Polishing?

Microdermabrasion is a skin exfoliation treatment that uses crystals or a diamond tip to gently remove dead skin cells that have been clogging pores and causing impurities within the skin.

Microdermabrasion is a procedure for exfoliating the skin. It is often done in an attempt to improve the appearance of the skin, remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells, and give the skin a glow. The procedure can be used to treat ageing skin, wrinkles, acne, sun damage, scarring, and dull skin.

The exact way that microdermabrasion works for acne or wrinkles is not well understood. It involves a gentle exfoliation through a controlled abrasion technique using tiny crystals to buff away damaged surface cells.

Skin polishing is among the most used treatments at spas and salons. Although it is widely used, there are some major benefits of skin polishing that go unnoticed. Some of these benefits include-

  • Improves blood circulation
  • Increases oxygen saturation of the cells
  • Stimulates new cell growth
  • Increases the flow of lymphatic fluid which helps to eliminate toxins
  • Removes dead skin cells

What are the Major Side Effects of Skin Polishing?

There are no major side effects of skin polishing, however, you may observe slight redness, itchiness and some minor issues which will last more or less only a few days. Usually, most people do experience a light peeling of the skin after the treatment that lasts for about five days.

Dermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure in which tiny crystals are applied to the face with a vacuum-like wand. This process removes the outermost layers of the epidermis, causing tiny cuts in the skin known as micro-trauma.

To begin with, possible side effects of Microdermabrasion are tiny cuts in the skin, redness, swelling, blistering, and infection. Later on, Microdermabrasion can cause more serious complications, including skin tightness, skin sensitivity, spots of bleeding, eye-skin bruising, small skin abrasions, discolouration, hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation.

Skin peeling that has been done too deeply can cause tiny white bumps and scars on the skin. Sometimes, this procedure can enlarge your pores and change your skin colour. If you are already suffering from some skin infections, skin peeling can aggravate the condition.

Dermabrasion isn't for everyone. Your doctor might caution against dermabrasion if you have taken certain oral medications for acne, have a medical or family history of keloids, have burn scars of skin that has been damaged by radiation treatments, have acne or pus-filled skin condition.

What are the Tips for Post-Skin-Polishing Operative Care?

People undergoing the treatment are supposed to steer clear from exposing their skin to the sun. Make sure you are applying sufficient sunscreen before stepping out.

Any kind of sauna, steam, sunbathing, spa treatments should be avoided for atleast a week after skin polishing.

Patients are required to wash the face only after 6- 8 hours after the session. A mild face wash should be preferred over harsh soaps.

A short break of 3 to 4 weeks should be followed after every session so that the skin can breathe, heal and rejuvenate properly.

A standard treatment session of microdermabrasion can continue for about 6 to 12 weeks, depending on the severity of your skin and hence no sooner than this can the skin start to show improvement in marks, scars, etc.

Take Away

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical skin treatment that uses crystals or a gentle vacuum to buff the top layer of skin. The results of microdermabrasion are semi-permanent as it helps in making the damaged skin look more bright, smoother and softer. However, you still need to take care of your skin properly to maintain the present state of your skin, otherwise, you might need to undergo the treatment again. Symptoms like scars, dark spots, stretch marks, fine lines, etc can be cured permanently through skin polishing if the condition of your skin is on the verge of total damage.