Microdermabrasion for Hyperpigmentation

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Microdermabrasion is highly commended and touted to be the best treatment option to deal with hyperpigmentation of the skin tones due to its amazing and visible results. The procedure uses no chemicals and doesn’t cause any tissue damage. On top of that, the recovery time is minimal.

Using microdermabrasion treatment is helpful for reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation of your skin tone 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? 

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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 except uneven skin tone, but some people would rather not have them for a variety of reasons.

The most common cause is called freckles. Freckles blemishes are inherited and appear when you’re still a baby. Generally, it will disappear during the adolescent stage of life.

Another cause is exposure to sunlight. Sunspots caused by sun damage, or liver spots, tend to be light brown or a patch of slightly darker skin compared to their original skin tone or black color. These type of skin pigmentation are more frequently seen in older people.

Hormonal imbalance from pregnancy can cause melisma. Melisma generates overly-pigmented patches of skin. It tends to show up in an odd 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 which removes dead skin.

The device will then vacuum up the crystals, along with the loose dead skin. The procedure works within an hour and is completely painless.

You’ll need at least five microdermabrasion treatment sessions to correct the pigment of your skin tone. At most, you should need sixteen treatments, 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.

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Benefits over Other Procedures

The results are quite fast as the procedure immediately removes the surface layer of skin. The hyperpigmentation should treat the pigmentation and lighten it 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 to replace those removed. The advantage is that you get to have all skin layers without any of the usual dead skin 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  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 skin care products such as 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 perks of microdermrabrasion.