Microdermabrasion for Hyperpigmentation
Microdermabrasion is highly recommended for dealing with hyperpigmentation of the skin. The procedure uses no chemicals and doesn’t cause any tissue damage. On top of that, the recovery time is minimal.
Using microdermabrasion treatments improves your skin color balance without the risk of further damaging your skin with the chemicals that many other procedures use. Before we get too deeply into the details of microdermabrasion, let’s take a look at hyperpigmentation, shall we?
Causes of Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation of the skin involves an excessive amount of melanin production by certain skin pigment-producing cells, or melanocytes. There doesn’t tend to be any danger in having excessive melanin in certain skin cells, but some people would rather not have them for a variety of reasons.
The most common cause is called freckles. Freckles are inherited and appear when you’re still a baby. Generally, freckles will disappear during the adolescent stage of life.
Another cause is exposure to sunlight. Sunspots, or liver spots, tend to be a light brown or black color. These are most common in older people.
Hormonal imbalance from pregnancy can cause melisma. Melisma generates overly-pigmented patches of skin. Melisma tends to show up in an uneven pattern rather than the typical circular hyperpigmentation.
Using Microdermabrasion for Hyperpigmentation
The microdermabrasion device shoots aluminum oxide crystals over the surface of the skin where it is present. Doing so removes dead, unwanted skin cells.
The device will then vacuum up the crystals, along with the loose skin cells. The procedure works within an hour and is completely painless.
You’ll need at least five microdermabrasion sessions to correct the pigment. At most, you should need sixteen sessions, depending on the density of the marks.
I wouldn’t recommend having any more than sixteen if your skin is still a little uneven. Try to have a gap of one to two weeks for each session.
Benefits over Other Procedures
The effects are quite fast as the procedure immediately removes the topmost layer of skin. The hyperpigmentation should diminish almost straight away and continue to do so with each treatment.
Thanks to the gentleness of microdermabrasion, your skin reacts quickly to create new skin cells to replace those removed. The advantage is that you get to have all skin layers without any of the usual dead skin cells flaking off your body all day. The healthier skin will reduce the likelihood of any spots returning.
The treatment even causes an increase in collagen production. Collagen strengthens your skin cells and helps them support each other better.
After the Procedure
Your skin will be a bit more sensitive for a day or so after the procedure. Keep it out of the sun as best you can and don’t scratch it.
You may also notice your skin drying out. If that does happen, be sure to apply a moisturizer to counteract the skin’s dehydration!
Other than that, the procedure is harmless and won’t give you any more trouble. If you have particularly sensitive skin, please consult a dermatologist before undergoing the procedure! Also, click here to check out the other facial benefits of microdermrabrasion.