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Like peels, dermabrasion works by removing the outer layer of skin so that new, rejuvenated skin can grow in its place.

Dermabrasion Side Effects

As with any ablative skin resurfacing (in which tissue on the surface of the skin is removed), there is a risk of scarring, permanent redness, hypopigmentation, and infection. Dermabrasion can also cause acne and herpes outbreaks.

Who shouldn't use it: Dermabrasion can permanently discolor darker skin. The upper lip is especially vulnerable to pigment loss. Dermabrasion is not the best treatment option if your skin easily develops rashes from allergies or if you're prone to severe acne, blisters, or cold sores. (The resurfacing treatment can stimulate a flare-up.)

Drawbacks: Some of the potential side-effects, like scarring and hypopigmentation, are difficult or impossible to reverse. The treatment is painful.

Recovery Time For Dermabrasion

Healing time varies from person to person, but expect at least a few weeks of isolation as the skin peels, followed by at least two months of redness. It may be difficult to eat right after the procedure. After a few weeks, makeup can be safely applied to the skin to cover redness. You won't be able to participate in active sports for four to six weeks, though you can swim in an indoor pool.

After care for dermabrasion: The affected area must be washed carefully several times a day with a mild cleanser to remove the crust that forms. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or antivirals to guard against skin infections - take them! Sunscreen must be worn to protect the new, sensitive skin from sun damage.

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