Microdermabrasion risks and side effects

Microdermabrasion involves the targeted removal of the top layers of skin. This microfine blasting with the finest crystals provides lasting rejuvenation of the skin. While there are desirable side effects, there may also be undesirable side effects. The expected side effects of microdermabrasion are listed below.

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Risks of microdermabrasion

Reddening of the skin

Microdermabrasion will always cause reddening of the skin. This redness is only temporary and disappears completely.


It is also reported from time to time that the facial skin feels taut after microdermabrasion. This effect is also due to the mechanical irritation of the skin and is completely reversible, i.e. after a short time the feeling of tension is gone. Precisely because the skin is particularly receptive after microdermabrasion, soothing skin care products provide lasting help.


Another desired side effect is that the skin is particularly sensitive. This is because this skin is also very receptive to nutrients and care products.

UV sensitivity

In addition, the facial skin is very sensitive to UV radiation after microdermabrasion. To avoid hyperpigmentation, sun exposure should be avoided for at least four to eight weeks and protective creams with a high sun protection factor should be used.

Undesirable side effects of microdemabrasion

In rare cases it has been observed that microdermabrasion was not as successful as desired. The effect depends strongly on the skin type, so additional treatment may be necessary. People with herpes may develop cold sores from microdermabrasion. These should be treated with appropriate creams. If acne is treated with microdermabrasion, this acne may increase for a short time. However, this effect is only temporary before the actual improvement sets in. Any flaking that may occur is also absolutely temporary. The skin gets rid of the dead cells. The effect disappears after one to two days. After microdermabrasion, the skin is particularly sensitive and injuries occur more easily.

Side effects of microdermabrasion

Introductory remarks

Microdermabrasion in Berlin”:/en/microdermabrasion-berlin.html is a method of mechanical peeling and is extremely well tolerated. The treatment is also completely painless, unless a greater treatment depth is chosen. Nevertheless, it should be clear that even with this effective method of peeling, side effects should be expected in exceptional cases.

Temporary side effects of microdermabrasion

One of the side effects of microdermabrasion that can hardly be excluded is a – temporary – reddening of the skin. This is caused by the mechanical treatment and is a visible sign of the success of microdermabrasion. Likewise, a tense feeling on the skin can occur as a microdermabrasion side effect. However, this is also temporary and is usually overcome within 24 hours. If the microdermabrasion is too deep or not done properly, these side effects can be more severe. In exceptional cases, scarring may occur. Among the rarely occurring side effects, a possible scaling of the skin should also be mentioned. In rare cases, microdermabrasion leads to side effects that manifest themselves in the temporary increase or extreme decrease of pigmentation.

Microdermabrasion and cold sores

If lip herpes is already present, it can worsen as a microdermabrasion side effect. Especially when treating the upper lip with wrinkles, it is important to check whether herpes is already present. If this is known, these microdermabrasion side effects can then also be ruled out.

Microdermabrasion and acne

Other side effects that have been observed in rare cases include a temporary increase in acne. One of the quite natural microdermabrasion side effects is that the skin becomes thinner and therefore more sensitive to injury. Finally, if microdermabrasion is not performed properly, side effects can be expected due to an allergic reaction to the ingredients that are introduced into the skin after microdermabrasion.


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