Silk’n ReVit Microderm to Treat Acne Conditions
Is there anything more frustrating than a surprise pimple, blackhead, or light acne scarring that just won’t go away? Acne is the skin condition that so many of us have experienced — and so many have tried to get rid of. If you’ve already applied the creams, taken the pills, and slathered on the serum — with mixed or no results — then it’s time to add microdermabrasion to your acne skincare routine.
If you’re wondering, “But aren’t microderm devices expensive?” Or, “Are treatments time consuming?” then you’re not alone. While microdermabrasion used to be a professional-only treatment option that had to be performed in a clinical setting, it’s now available for skincare aficionados to DIY their own treatments. That means you can do it as often as you need, target your acne or acne scarring specifically, and not be out thousands of dollars.
We know — it sounds too good to be true. But keep reading for more information on how to get rid of acne by adding microdermabrasion to your regular skincare routine. We promise you’ll be convinced by the time you get to the end of this article.
What is microdermabrasion?
While “microdermabrasion” sounds like a very technical and scientific name, it’s actually a pretty simple process. Microdermabrasion is a skincare treatment that uses a mechanical device to exfoliate your skin. A microdermabrasion instrument, like the Silk’n Revit, uses a diamond tip, which exfoliates the skin and removes your dead and damaged skin cells. The Revit uses 100% crystal-free microdermabrasion combined with powerful vacuum stimulation to cleanse the outer layer of skin and get rid of dead skin cells. That means there’s no mess, just smoother, more elastic skin.
In even less technical terms: Microdermabrasion feels like a cat licking your face. It’s a little rough, it probably wouldn’t be described as “comfortable,” but it certainly doesn’t hurt and might even feel nice to some people!
Because microdermabrasion is so gentle, there’s no recovery time necessary. You can usually apply your regular serums, creams, and makeup right after doing a treatment. In fact, skincare treatments might even be more effective right after microdermabrasion, because your skin is more open and permeable during that time period.
There’s another skincare treatment that uses a similar method, called dermabrasion. But that method is much more intense, digging deeper into the layers of skin. It also can’t be used on all skin types, colors, or for all skin conditions, while microdermabrasion can.
What does microdermabrasion do for your skin?
Because microdermabrasion is gentle and only addresses the first few layers of skin, it can be used for a range of skin ailments. It’s awesome for creating brighter, younger-looking skin.
Microdermabrasion can also be used to reduce the appearance of:
- acne scars
- enlarged pores
- fine lines
- stretch marks
- sun damage
- uneven skin tone
- uneven skin texture
As you can see, microdermabrasion can do a whole lot for your skin! Basically, if you want your skin to look younger, brighter, and smoother, adding microdermabrasion to your skincare routine is a definite. The only caveat is that the problems you’re having with your skin have to be fairly surface-level issues. So, if you’re looking to get rid of deep scarring, for example, then it’s better to go with dermabrasion than microdermabrasion, because a microdermabrasion device won’t be able to get deep enough.
How long does microdermabrasion take?
Microdermabrasion is a pretty quick procedure — it can be done at home in as few as five minutes or you can go for a luxury self-care treatment for 60. It all depends on the effects you’re going for! Really, this is a totally customizable skincare routine.
As for how long microdermabrasion takes to start showing results, that depends on the skin ailment you’re trying to treat. Generally, if you’re just going for a glow-up, you’ll likely see some results immediately after the first treatment, as the device slogs away layers of dead skin. However, it usually takes about three to six weeks to see maximum effects and you need to continue treatments to keep up that level of results — this isn’t a permanent treatment.
How does microdermabrasion help alleviate acne?
Microdermabrasion can help alleviate certain types of acne and can also reduce the appearance of acne scars. But it’s not the right treatment for every kind of acne, so let’s dig into the different types, Dr. Pimple Popper style.
First: acne prevention. If you’re prone to acne and you want to get ahead of the problem before it starts, microdermabrasion is a great way to be proactive. By keeping the first layers of skin clean and clear of dead skin cells and oils, microdermabrasion creates an environment where acne is less likely to form and thrive. Just a few minutes a day with the Silk’n Revit can help make sure you never have a pimple emergency again.
Now let’s talk about blackheads and whiteheads, which are also known as “comedonal acne,” if you want to get technical about it. Comedonal acne is caused by a blockage in a hair follicle, leading to a buildup of sebum and dead skin cells. (Sebum is a waxy oil that your skin produces.)
Microdermabrasion is super effective at removing blackheads and whiteheads because those two skin problems exist right on the surface of the skin. And, as we know now, that’s where microdermabrasion is most effective! So, if you’re looking to deal with comedonal acne, you can expect almost immediate results with microdermabrasion.
If you’re dealing with inflammatory acne — like big old red zits with white, pus-filled tops — or cystic acne — which are those deep, painful pimples — then microdermabrasion isn’t for you. Inflammatory acne is caused by the same blockages that cause comedonal acne, but in this case, bacteria gets involved and causes infection and inflammation.
If that’s what you’re dealing with, then it’s best to not do any microdermabrasion at all, as the sanding motion can pop your pimples and further inflame them. Not a good look. A better move is to make an appointment with your dermatologist to discuss prevention and treatment options for inflammatory acne.
Microdermabrasion can, however, be used for light acne scarring. Specifically, microdermabrasion is effective on post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. (Which isn’t technically scarring, but it’s often referred to that way when people talk about it.) Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is another term that sounds very scientific, but it really just refers to the dark marks or discoloration that can appear on skin after an acne breakout. They usually fade over time, but you can help speed up the process with microdermabrasion.
One thing microdermabrasion can’t help with, however, is deep pitting and other types of deep or severe acne scarring. Because that skin damage goes deeper into the epidermis, you’ll need more invasive procedures — like dermabrasion, for example — to get to it.
Can you do microdermabrasion at home?
While it used to be that you could only do microdermabrasion at a fancy spa, these days you can do it right in the comfort of your own home. Devices like the Silk’n Revit make it affordable and easy to do your own microdermabrasion treatments at home, as often as you want, and totally safely.
If you’re doing at-home microdermabrasion to alleviate acne, remember to keep in mind everything we’ve talked about when it comes to the types of acne it’s appropriate for — and the types it’s not appropriate for. Because at-home microdermabrasion devices like the ReVit use tiny crystals for gentle exfoliation tip and vacuum stimulation to remove dead skin cells, it shouldn’t be used on those inflammation pimples. Comedal acne (aka blackheads and their close friend, enlarged pores) only please!
One thing to keep in mind when you’re doing microdermabrasion at home is that you have to be careful about your follow-up skincare. Because microdermabrasion takes those first couple layers of skin off, your skin will be more open. When it comes to products, that can be a great thing because it means your face will suck them in more effectively. But when it comes to sun and other damaging elements, the results aren’t so great. Be sure to follow up with moisturizer, a good sunscreen, and stay out of direct sunlight for a day or two after treatment for brighter, younger-looking skin.
What are some good at-home microdermabrasion devices?
Your search for an excellent at-home microdermabrasion device can stop right here, with the Silk’n Revit. It’s our top-selling microdermabrasion device, going for only $99 and producing the smooth, younger-looking, and acne-free skin you’ve been lusting after. If you want to step up your game even further, check out the Silk’n Revit Prestige, which gives you the same awesome results as the original Revit, but with even faster — think immediate — results.
Consider combining microderm treatments with using a skin brush cleanser like the Silk’n Pure facial cleanser, which cleans your face up to 6x better than traditional cleaning methods.
Give At-home Microderm a Try!
Skincare comes with a lot of snake oil — we know. And we wouldn’t ever encourage you to buy a product that wasn’t proven to work. Learn more about microdermabrasion in our resource center, or browse the microderm section of our blog, find a variety of informative articles about at home microderm treatments.
Microdermabrasion really is one of those “I can’t believe these results” treatments. Used regularly and in combination with other elements of a good skincare routine and healthy habits like drinking water, you’ll see results almost immediately. Why not give it a shot?