Preparing for Your Dermabrasion or Microdermabrasion

Before your microdermabrasion or dermabrasion

One of the advantages of microdermabrasion is minimum pre-treatment requirements.

  • No pre-medication is needed.
  • Stop taking aspirin-based medicines, Retin-A, Renova, Differin or glycolic acid products.
  • Stopping smoking a week before microdermabrasion is also recommended to improve blood flow.
  • Avoid sunbathing and waxing.

After your microdermabrasion or dermabrasion


After a dermabrasion procedure, your skin will feel as though it has been severely sun or wind burned for a few days. Your doctor can prescribe or recommend medications to ease any discomfort you may feel. Healing usually happens within seven to 10 days.

  • Your new skin, which is pink at first, gradually develops a normal color. In most cases, the pinkness largely fades by six to eight weeks.
  • Makeup should not be applied for at least 24 hours after the procedure. You can use makeup as soon as the skin is healed.
  • Generally, most people can resume their normal activities in seven to 14 days after dermabrasion.
  • You should avoid sunlight for a few weeks after the pink color has gone away. When outdoors, use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • You will have a follow-up appointment soon after your dermabrasion.
  • Do not drink alcohol for 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Do not take aspirin or any products that contain aspirin or ibuprofen for one week afterwards. 
  • Don't smoke.


  • After microdermabrasion, your skin will be pink and feel dry and tight for about 24 hours. Use moisturizer.
  • If redness occurs it should be gone in 24 hours.
  • Use moisturizers and sunscreens.
  • Avoid sun exposure for at least a week.
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