Microdermabrasion To Treat Acne on Dark Skin
My name is Zjeni and I’m 22 years old. I have been suffering from acne on and off from when I was 18 years old all the way up to 21. I had been going to my GP for it and he recommended for me to go to a dermatologist. I’ve done several acid peeling treatments, but my acne kept coming back. I was often left with scars on my face from my treatments and from me popping my zits.
Experience With Dermatologist and Dark Skin:
After I had been to two different dermatologists, I still was not content with my face.
At this point, I was 19 and I suffered from acne on my back, face and chest and neither of the dermatologists I went to could help me fix or control my acne. After my bad experience with these two dermatologists, I went to a skin therapist. There I realized why the dermatologists I went to in the past couldn’t help me control my acne. It was because they did not have sufficient experience with dark skin.
Dark Skin Care:
Dark skin tends to lack moisture and can be more prone to hyperpigmentation.
Not everyone with dark skin can undergo certain treatments. For example, a strong chemical peel may dry out dark skin even more, leading to the skin overcompensating for the lack of moisture and causing it to produce a lot of sebum, which in turn can cause new pimples.
A treatment like dermarolling may even leave scars on our faces, because our skin is so prone to hyperpigmentation. This skin therapist I went to was really careful when squeezing out impurities in my pores and with the the chemical peels she used on my skin.
I mostly got fruit acid chemical peels on my face and chest at the spa, and she made sure to really moisturize my skin after every procedure. My face started to clear up more, even though I’d still get a scar or two on my face after she was done pressing out blackheads.
I continued going to her for about 6 months but eventually stopped going because I finally had my acne under control, as I received 5% hydroquinone from my GP and she had also been peeling my skin, so there was a fresh new layer of skin with minimum impurities underneath it and very mild acne.
When I was twenty, I started trying out an entire new skin regimen that I still stick to till this day, because it really works for my combination skin. I use a face wash and toner infused with tea tree from The Body Shop. Tea tree is known to have antibacteria properties. The facewash helps to remove impurities, prevents blackheads and is also a good makeup remover. It’s great for combination to oily skin. The toner I don’t use every day because it tends to really dry out my skin, but it’s great for when I have a break out. It dries out the pimples and gets rid of anything that could potentially clog my pores and shrinks them. I then use hydrating face cream with SPF 15. Using a cream with SPF is very important when you’re trying to get rid of hyperpigmentation -- especially on dark skin. Excess exposure to sunlight may even darken the scars you’re trying to get rid of. After being consistent with these products, I barely had acne anymore.
The Microdermabrasion Treatment:
So you’re probably sitting behind your PC wondering when I’m finally going to talk about my microdermabrasion treatment. Okay, here it goes. When I was doing my internship last summer (I was 21 at this point) -- on the island that I’m from called Curaçao -- I decided to do a microdermabrasion treatment on my face at the Renacer Spa at Bloempot Mall.
The skin therapist who did my treatment is named Kathy. At the consultation, she recommended I also get a deep cleansing facial, which I agreed to. She told me that I had some impurities underneath my skin, but that I didn’t have active acne. You can't have active acne if you want to get a microdermabrasion treatment done, because you can’t scrape the skin near the active acne. This could lead to scarring.
She also said that I would definitely benefit from the treatment, because it removes dark spots (which I had from previous breakouts). When she started the procedure, she first cleansed my face to remove my makeup. Then she applied a citrus scrub to remove all the excess oil on my face. She then steamed my face while the scrub was still on, so it could really penetrate deep into my pores. After removing the scrub, she started the microdermabrasion treatment. It was painless, and I just felt relaxed. After this, she pressed out the impurities in my pores, applied a dead sea mask to close my pores and after removing this mask, she applied a moisturizer with SPF 50. It’s very important to apply a moisturizer with a high SPF after this treatment, because you have a new layer of skin that is extra sensitive to sunlight. My face felt so smooth after this treatment and it was not irritated. Three days after the procedure, my skin started to peel a little bit, which is common after this treatment and after two days of peeling, a lot of my dark spots faded.
Ever since this procedure, I’ve been doing microdermabrasion treatments combined with deep cleansing facials, with the goal of getting rid of all of my dark spots.
Overall, I’m happy with my results and cannot wait to not only be completely free of acne but also hyperpigmentation. I hope my experience has given you clear insight into a microdermabrasion treatment. I have included a video of this process wth this review.
The treatment was $100.