Does Microdermabrasion Have Additional Risks for Dark Skin Types?

Does Microdermabrasion Have Additional Risks for Dark Skin Types?

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Microdermabrasion Works Well on Skin of Darker Color

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As noted by all of the responders to this question, micro dermabrasion is a true and tried, safe procedure and works as well on skin of color as it does with every other skin type. The biggest consideration to avoid any potential adverse events, and even with microdermabrasion there are potentials for adverse events, is to make sure that if an aesthetician is performing the procedure, as they are the ones using these devices the most, that they are done under the auspices of a board-certified dermatologist orplastic surgeon. And the reason for this is to make sure that, along with the microdermabrasion, that you are placed on a proper skin care routine and that, if something goes wrong, we are the best qualified and most knowledgeable in addressing any concerns from having the procedure.


Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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Rarely. Only vigorous microdermabrasion may lead to further darkening of dark skin patients.

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Thank you for your question. Microdermabrasion is a process by which the VERY top 1-2 layers of the top layer of the skin (epidermis) is removed either by a gentle rotary tool, or by microdermabrasion crystals. Microdermabrasion is safe for any skin type when done gently and appropriately. Darkening of the skin is more likely to occur in darker skinned patients, but usually happens when there is an inflammatory response (redness, swelling, etc). Customary microdermabrasion should not result in redness, irritation, etc., unless done vigorously or too strong. That being said, darkening of the skin is a rare event, and will resolve on its own over time, or even quicker with a bleaching agent such as hydroquinone.

Don Mehrabi, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Microdermabrasion for Dark Skin Types

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Microdermabrasion can be very useful on patients of color. It can take down some of the dead skin and stratum corneum.  Usually multiple microdermabrasions need to be done over time to see more significant results.  Make sure that you have a good conversation with your skin care professional as to how aggressive the treatment will be and the expected effects over time.

Jeffrey Roth, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

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No it soes not

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No, it does not.
Microdermabrasion is a safest way to exfoliate the skin. It is a non-invasive treatment with no downtime and no side effects. In our practice we use a microderm system with medical grade baking soda crystals as oppose to other microderms with aluminum oxide crystals that are irritating and leave most patients red after the treatment. We have the most advanced and unique system that delivers results and leaves the skin looking young and feeling healthy.

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Microdermabrasion, a conservative first step for all skin types

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The safety record of microdermabrasion is tried and true and should not result in any significant downtime. In the hands of experienced medical aesthetician under supervision of board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, adverse events such as pigmentation or scarring is exceedingly rare. Regularly monthly microdermabrasion can be quite helpful pigmentation problems, superficial acne scarring, and overall facial rejuvenation. It is important, however, that one discontinue potentially irritating topical creams, such as prescription acne products, for 3-4 days prior to microdermabrasion to minimize excessive irritation.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Microdermabrasion and Ethnic Skin; Darker Skin Complexion

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Microdermabrasion can be performed in any skin type. The depth, duration, and intervals of treatment should be determined based on the oiliness of the skin, complexion, and texture of the skin.

In darker skin patients, the microdermabrasion treatment can be performed without incident by an experienced physician. Postprocedural hyperpigmentation and scarring are rare events that occur with treatments that are excessively deep.

Hydroquinone treatment should be prescribed synchronously with a deeper treatment in order to avoid hyperpigmentation.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 53 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.