Microdermabrasion for Indian skin

Is microdermabrasion good for Indian skin?

Microdermabrasion is a quite common skincare procedure, considered generally safe for all skin types. The main goal is to provide more even skin complexion, helping to get rid of imperfections and impurities.

The procedure offers deep exfoliating effect, revealing new, fresher-looking skin.

Most people who tried microdermabrasion can see a noticeable difference in their skin tone right after the first procedure and most claim their overall complexion became brighter, more even and more radiant.

In India, women who fit that description are considered more beautiful, which makes this procedure extremely popular among the locals.

However, there remains some obscurity about whether or not microdermabrasion is good for Indian skin. It was estimated that people in India are more prone to having sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin is the skin type, which is more prone to redness, itching, pain, discomfort or even burning sensation when exposed to UV radiation, heat, cold, or wind. Basically, the skin type that may experience severe reactions to both internal and external factors.

According to a study, published in Frontiers in February 2019, in total, 27.9% of men and 36.7% of women reported having “sensitive” or “very sensitive” skin.

Pigmentary disorders (including dark spots, hyperpigmentation, melasma) are often observed in Indian women and are the main target of India’s beauty industry. Microdermabrasion doesn’t make an exception, considering that the main target of the treatment is more even, smoother complexion. It can also make dark spots and patches less noticeable and fade additional imperfections such as dark marks and acne spots.

As for microdermabrasion treatment of Indian skin type – it can provide very positive results, as long as it is performed properly.

Microdermabrasion for Indian skin

Due to the increased skin sensitivity in Indian people, there are certain precautions that should be taken into account before the initial treatment with a microdermabrasion device.

  • A consultation with a dermatologist or an aesthetician prior your first microderm treatment is a good idea – he or she may decide to perform a patch test to see if potential skin reactions occur due to the abrasion applied to the superficial skin layer
  • The experience of the person, performing microdermabrasion is important, if he or she does not consider the increased risks of potential side effects, the procedure may be performed too aggressively (using the higher settings, during the exfoliation process) and may provoke increased redness, irritation, and discomfort
  • If an at-home microdermabrasion machine is used, make sure you start on the lowest settings, using the least coarse tips
  • More than 2 exfoliations per month are not recommended (people with dry skin type are more likely to have negative skin reactions, following the procedure, as the natural lipid balance is disturbed during the next few hours)

In short, Indian skin can benefit from microdermabrasion as much as any other skin would. As long as the treatment is performed according to one’s personal skin characteristics and the risk of increased sensitivity should be taken into account.

In India, the cost of microdermabrasion varies depending on the reputation of the clinic. One session lasts anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes and can cost from 1000 to 2500 Rupees depending on the studio where the procedure is performed.

Vanessa Micoff MD

Dr. Vanessa Micoff received her Bachelor of Science degree in Venereology from the University of California, Riverside and her M.D. from the University of California, San Diego. She is a member of multiple dermatology associations and lecturer. More about her here.

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