Is Micro Dermabrasion Bad For Rosacea?

Can you remember the first time you noticed flushing or subtle redness on your face? Was it on your cheeks, nose, chin or was it on your forehead? How old were you? If rosacea was your diagnosis then you are now one of the many millions of people around the world suffering from rosacea (14 million people in the US alone are suffering from this skin disorder according to the National Rosacea Foundation).

Does Microdermabrasion Work On Rosacea?

In order to understand why microdermabrasion is bad for rosacea, you must first understand how it works. Rosacea usually appears when people reach their 30s and 40s. The redness associated with it becomes more persistent as the condition progresses and you may see bumps and pimples (called papules and pustules) appear. This is where many people mistake it for acne and treat it as if it were acne.

You may also notice small, dilated blood vessels become visible, in some cases the eyes may also be affected (they feel gritty and appear watery). With advanced rosacea, the nose may become red and swollen from excess tissue. If diagnosed in time, rosacea may be stopped from evolving.

Now, about microdermabrasion. Many rosacea sufferers see the permanent redness, inflammatory papules or lumpy skin texture on their faces and they often try treating these symptoms with harsh skincare products and treatments, like chemical peels, various kinds of UV light therapy, dermabrasion or micro abrasion.

These treatments may clear the skin, for a while, anyway, but they also modify the superficial blood vessels which are already severely disturbed by rosacea. While getting rid of the symptoms for a short while, you are, in effect, aggravating your condition by using such treatments. Your rosacea will only return more aggressively.

Why Microdermabration Doesn't Help Rosacea

Microderm abrasion is best known for stimulating collagen production in your skin. While this is good for many skin conditions, patients with rosacea already have an over-active skin which doesn't need further stimulation. What your skin needs in order to repair itself is a calming treatment that brings its activity down to normal levels.

NOTE: Micro dermabrasion is not the only bad treatment for rosacea sufferers. Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing commonly used to even out skin texture, unclog pores, help acne and erase wrinkles is very dangerous for rosacea patients. The same applies to chemical peels and any kind of facials. Mud masks and pore suction products can also cause further damage to micro blood vessels.

Types of Rosacea

There are several types of rosacea, and many people experience more than one at the same time:

How Do I Know If I Have Rosacea?

Rosacea symptoms can vary from one person to another, but the following symptoms are generally agreed to be a sign of rosacea:

What Causes Rosacea?

Unfortunately, the exact cause of rosacea has yet to be discovered, although various specialists have their own personal theories: one of them says that rosacea may be a part of a more generalized blood vessel disorder (which could explain the flushes); another theory states that the stomach's Helicobacter Pylori (a virus which produces ulcer) could be the main cause.

What doctors do know for certain is that there is no cure for Rosacea but the good news is that you can control and reverse its progress on your skin.

Oral or topical prescription drugs can treat the bumps, pimples and redness. To stop rosacea from evolving, you may have to take antibiotics, followed by long-term use of topical therapy to maintain remission.

In some cases, your dermatologist may recommend laser treatment sessions, intense pulse light therapy or other surgical devices that can reduce the visible blood vessels, remove the redness and correct the plaques.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How Soon After Micro Dermabration Can You Go Into The Sun.?

A: Avoid staying in the sun for 7 days after microdermation treatment to prevent damaging UV rays from having a negative impact on skin recovery.

Q: Does Microdermbrasion From Oil Of Olay Work?

A: The Do-It-Yourself micodermabrasion creams from Oil Of Olay works for some people and doesn't work for others. There are many satisfied consumers who say that Oil Of Olay cream does make their face feel smother and look young. On the other hand, there are some unhappy people who say the kit is either too harsh, causing them skin irritation and breakouts, or not very effective in reducing superficial scars and fine wrinkles. The only way to find out if the kit is effective for you is to try to obtain a free sample and test the formula on your skin.

Q: How Can Micro Derma Abrasion Help Eliminate Hyper Pigmentation?

A: Freckles are a form of hyper pigmentation. They can be removed through several sessions of microbrasion. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck.

Q: Can I Have Micro Dermal Abrasion With Accutane (Isotretinoin)?

A: Micro dermabration is not recommended for patients taking Accutane. This acne treatment works by reducing the amount of oil produced by the skin's sebaceous glands which reduces the skin's ability to recover after body or facial exfoliation. Having micro derma brasion while on Accutane may cause permanent scarring. This applies to self cream and spa treatment.

Q: Does Micro Dermabration Help Even Out Face Complexion?

A: This procedure exfoliates the top layer of skin which consists of dead skin cells. Microdermabrasions cream stimulates collagen production, essential to a beautiful skin complexion and also evens out skin texture and tone.

Q: How Can Micro Derm Abrasion Make Acne Scarring Less Noticeable?

A: By removing the top layer of the skin, beauty salon cosmetic microderm abrasion diminishes or even removes superficial acne scarring. Deeper acne scarring require a more invasive procedure, like a deep chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing.

Q: How Are Microdermal Abrasion And Exfoliation Different?

A: Regular cosmetic exfoliation are too harsh to be used on the face. Microdermibrasion products use aluminum oxide, sodium bicarbonate or pearl micro crystals to gently abrade the skin without causing irritations or scarring.

Q: Does Microdermal Abrasion Make A Difference On Wrinkles?

A: Microdermabrasia set works on fine wrinkles. It evens out skin texture through abrasion of the top layer of skin. The effect is a reduction or even total removal of superficial wrinkles. Deeper wrinkles need a more invasive non-surgical technique, like a deep chemical peel or laser resurfacing.

Q: Can Microdermabration Be Used While Pregnant?

A: We recommend that you wait until you deliver your baby and finish the nursing period before microderm abrasian Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and nursing and microderm sets may cause irritation or severe scarring. This procedure is also not recommended for pregnant and nursing women because hormonal changes during this period may reduce the effectiveness of the procedure.

Q: How Can Microdermabration Help Improve Enlarged Pores?

A: Microdermibration systems stimulate collagen growth which is why it's effective on enlarged pores. Collagen production is stimulated through skin exfoliation. Furthermore, the vacuum function of most microdermabasion machines sucks out hardened oil, dust and other dirt which may clog your pores. This way, the oil in the glands can again reach the surface of your skin and your pores can return to their natural shape and size.