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How To Get Rid Of Dark Spots On The Skin

Chichi Ogwe • May, 2023

The Ultimate Guide to Microdermabrasion for Dark Spot Removal

Chichi Ogwe • May, 2023

Dark spots and hyperpigmentation are caused by an overproduction of melanin. Some of the common causes and factors contributing to dark spots include directly exposing the skin to the sun’s UV rays without wearing SPF, hormonal changes, skin conditions (such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by acne), certain medications, ageing and a decrease in collagen production - which occurs as you get older.

 Dark spots aren’t serious but they can affect a person’s confidence in their appearance. Despite this, there are solutions to help treat and eliminate this, including microdermabrasion for dark spots.

Table Of Contents

  • 1. Benefits of Microdermabrasion for Dark Spot
  • 2. Preparing for a Microdermabrasion Treatment
  • 3. The Process of Microdermabrasion Dark Spot
  • 4. Microdermabrasion vs. Alternative Treatments for Dark Spots
  • 5. FAQs
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Benefits of Microdermabrasion for Dark Spot

You may have heard of microdermabrasion, but what is it? What is microdermabrasion? Well, microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that’s used on the face, neck, chest, back and hands and dark underarms. The treatment uses fine crystals and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells and it reduces fine lines, small scars, wrinkles and dark spots.

 There are plenty of benefits of microdermabrasion for dark spots. Microdermabrasion works to reduce hyperpigmentation by removing the epidermis (the top layer of your skin), smoothing over the skin, improving its texture and boosting collagen production. The procedure minimizes the appearance of age spots, which is a type of dark spot that occurs as a person ages, and it brightens dull skin as well.

 Also, microdermabrasion for dark spots is a non-invasive and painless procedure, and local anaesthetic is not required, so little downtime is required and you can be sure to fade away your spots without an intensive operation. And since it’s chemical and light-free, it’s suitable for all skin tones and types, including sensitive skin.

Preparing for a Microdermabrasion Treatment

If you choose to embark on a microdermabrasion treatment for dark spots, it’s important to follow pre-treatment guidelines and ensure that you take on a skincare preparation routine. Minimal preparation is required, but it’s essential and something you’ll need to do.

 First of all, because the treatment is almost painless, non-invasive and requires little healing time, you don’t need to take medication. However, you will need to stop taking aspirin-based medications a week before your treatment.

 If you’re a skincare fanatic, then you’ll know the importance of using active ingredients and topical products as part of your skincare routine. However, you’ll need to stop taking Retin-A, Renova, Differin and glycolic acid a few days before the procedure.

 If you smoke, stop smoking a week before your microdermabrasion appointment to help improve the blood flow. Also, seven days before the appointment, avoid sunbathing, waxing, tweezing, electrolysis, laser treatments, injections (e.g. Botox), chemical peels and facials.

The Process of Microdermabrasion Dark Spot

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of a typical microdermabrasion dark spots treatment session.

  • Each microdermabrasion session takes 30 to 60 minutes. Some clinics spend around 15 minutes per session.
  • The specialist conducting the session will use a small handheld suction device that directs tiny crystals to remove the dead cells from the skin.
  • The specialist will gently and slowly apply the device over affected areas, targeting dark spots, buffing away dead cells and reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation on the top layer of your skin.
  • Some people see results after a couple of sessions. For the best results, 5-12 sessions are recommended, with each session 2-4 weeks apart.

After the microdermabrasion dark spot treatment session, aftercare is essential. You may experience some side effects, but these are likely to be minor and not much to worry about. Your skin might be dry, pink and flaky for a couple of days, and you might experience redness, swelling and slight bruising.

After 1-2 days, these side effects should subside. Your skin might feel as though it has a burning effect, but a doctor can prescribe medication for this and the burning sensation should die down after seven days. After your microdermabrasion treatment, you won’t need to spend much time recovering and downtime is low, but take the time to heal and give yourself a week to recover. Do not apply makeup for at least 24 hours after the procedure. Don’t consume alcohol for 48 hours after the treatment and don’t take aspirin or ibuprofen for a week afterwards. Also, you should avoid smoking for a while.

 For post-treatment skincare, we recommend using a gentle balm cleanser and a nourishing moisturizer because your skin will feel dry and flaky. Also, your skin will be much more sensitive to the sun for a few days after the treatment, so wear SPF50.

 In addition to aftercare and using post-treatment skincare, you will need to attend a follow up appointment with a practitioner to ensure that your skin is healing properly after the treatment.

Microdermabrasion vs. Alternative Treatments for Dark Spots

There are alternative treatments available for dark spots that you could consider.

Microdermabrasion vs. topical creams
Some people choose to use topical creams, such as hydroquinone, to reduce the appearance of dark spots. This works by stopping the cells that produce melanin and inhibiting the production of an enzyme in the skin that controls melanin production. To use this product, you’d have to consult a dermatologist.

 Hydroquinone is controversial because it has been found to have serious side effects and it is banned in some countries (if not prescribed by a doctor.) While microdermabrasion has some side effects, these are minor and are likely to disappear after a couple of days.

Microdermabrasion vs. chemical peels
Chemical peels help to get rid of dark spots. During the process, a chemical peeling agent is applied for 10 minutes, then removed. For some people, chemical peels can be effective, but compared to microdermabrasion, downtime is a little bit longer. The healing time after a chemical peel is 1-3 weeks after the procedure because the skin will be red and peeling. With microdermabrasion, the skin might be slightly red but this disappears after two days.

Microdermabrasion vs. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment removes sun spots on the face using light-energy pulses. It is an effective procedure, but the healing process takes a while. After the procedure, there’s likely to be some redness for a few hours, then the pigmented areas darken and flake off the skin one week later. With microdermabrasion, redness and flakiness are side effects that disappear after a couple of days.

Microdermabrasion vs. Fraxel laser
The Fraxel laser is a premium laser treatment that eliminates skin pigmentation issues, transforms the skin and regenerates collagen production - all in one go. While the downtime for microdermabrasion is minimal, the time taken to heal from Fraxel laser is intense. Your skin will be red and swollen, so you will not be able to resume normal activities and you’ll need to take a couple of days out of your schedule to allow your skin to calm down. In addition to this, you’ll probably experience a week of roughness and tightness of the skin.

 All in all, microdermabrasion is a treatment to consider for dark spots if you’re looking for an effective solution that provides rapid results within a few weeks

  For optimal outcomes when using microdermabrasion to address dark spots, we suggest trying the Evertone Dark Spot Treatment Duo. These products are crafted in the USA, cruelty-free, and vegan. They are expertly designed to foster a more radiant and uniform skin tone throughout the body, while also providing nourishment and moisture. The Refresher effectively cleanses, leaving your skin velvety and flexible, while The Smoother aids in skin tissue regeneration. Moreover, it caters to all skin types!

FAQs: What people ask about Microdermabrasion for Dark Spots

How many sessions of microdermabrasion are typically needed to see results?

As long as sessions are completed every 2-4 weeks, it takes, on average, five to 12 sessions before seeing the best results from microdermabrasion.

Is microdermabrasion painful?

When the procedure is performed correctly, microdermabrasion is painless.

Can microdermabrasion be performed on all skin types?

Yes. Microdermabrasion is chemical and light-free, so it’s suitable for all skin tones and types, including sensitive skin.

Are there any potential risks or side effects of microdermabrasion?

Yes, but these are minor and disappear after 1-2 days. Side effects include dry and flaky skin, redness, swelling, slight bruising and a small burning sensation in the targeted areas.

 Can microdermabrasion completely remove dark spots?

With regular and consistent treatment, microdermabrasion can eliminate dark spots.

How long do the results of microdermabrasion last?

The results of the microdermabrasion treatment last for one month.

Are there any post-treatment precautions or restrictions?

Yes. After your microdermabrasion treatment, you must not expose yourself to direct sunlight, wear SPF, avoid drinking alcohol, refrain from taking aspirin and ibuprofen medications for one week, don’t smoke for a while and try not to apply makeup for at least 24 hours.

Chichi Ogwe

Chichi is a freelance beauty writer from London. She runs her own beauty blog, Chichi Writes Beauty, which is all about her passion: makeup. Clearly, she’s crazy for cosmetics! In her spare time, Chichi likes to read, listen to music, go for walks, dine out with friends, watch YouTube videos and binge-watch reality TV shows.

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Chichi Ogwe

Chichi is a freelance beauty writer from London. She runs her own beauty blog, Chichi Writes Beauty, which is all about her passion: makeup. Clearly, she’s crazy for cosmetics! In her spare time, Chichi likes to read, listen to music, go for walks, dine out with friends, watch YouTube videos and binge-watch reality TV shows.