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keratosis pilaris

Can microdermabrasion help with Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris is the name for those little bumps you get on the back of the arms, that make your skin feel rough a bit like permanent goosebumps. They basically happen when too much keratin builds up in the hair follicles giving it a bumpy texture.  Not life threatening or harmful in any way, but for many  – super annoying and we want rid! So what can we do?


Microdermabrasion is brilliant for sloughing off old dead skin cells and so these little bumps don’t stand a chance! During microdermabrasion the exfoliating crystals will knock away the build up around the follicle smoothing and polishing the surface. A great way to add another treatment option using your microdermabrasion machine.

What else can MD treat?

Microdermabrasion is a seriously effective treatment, a course of treatments can really help clients with problematic skin concerns. Here we talk about just a few of these concerns.


Microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of pigmentation but results will depend how deep the pigmentation sits within the skin. There are several causes of pigmentation,

  • Overexposure to the sun
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Pregnancy
  • Spraying perfume before going in the sun can cause a type of pigmentation called Poikiloderma of Civatte

Weekly microdermabrasion treatments can help to bring pigmentation to the surface and ultimately remove it by working down the layers and stimulating cell renewal to rid the skin of the unwanted pigmentation.


Microdermabrasion treatments can really make a difference to acne sufferers. The exfoliating crystals will help to remove blemishes and dead skin that builds up around the area where spots have healed. Be careful not to go over any active areas during treatment to ensure that bacteria isn’t spread across the skin. However, working around these areas helps to stimulate healing and so you may find client’s spots heal more quickly than normal. Clients can also suffer a ‘healing crisis’ post-treatment, especially with acneic skin but this is to be expected as the skin is purging and bringing impurities to the surface and in the long run your clients will see the benefits.

Acne scarring

Microdermabrasion stimulates collagen and elastin production during a microdermabrasion treatment and these are both important to the skin’s health and appearance. This combined combined with the removal of built-up dead skin cells, helps to stimulate cell renewal and restore a smooth texture to your client’s skin and diminish the appearance of scarring.


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