How to Prepare for Microderm

microdermabrasion san franciscoClear, fresh, youthful looking skin isn’t something that comes naturally to most of our clients. If you feel like your skin needs a little pick-me-up to help get rid of things like sun damage, hyperpigmentation, skin discoloration, and stretch marks, then microdermabrasion may be the perfect solution for you. By targeting the top layer of your skin by using a device that has tiny crystals in it,  it will exfoliate the top few layers which will leave you with healthier skin in the process. Before you come into our office, however, there are a few things that we may encourage you to do.

Avoid the Sun before Microderm

Luckily it’s still spring and so you probably don’t have any big plans to be laying out at the beach, but if the San Francisco sun is begging you for some attention, then say no— no matter how badly you need some Vitamin D. Sun exposure before microdermabrasion can make your skin a lot more sensitive to treatment which is the last thing that we want. Try to stay out of the sun for about 24-72 hours before you come into our office.

Don’t Use Retin-A before Microderm

If you are currently using a topical cream like Retin-A then we will encourage you to stop using it for about 72 hours before you come in and get microdermabrasion done. Why? Retin-A can make yours skin sensitive to a lot of things which will make your microdermabrasion a lot more painful and irritating. By giving your skin a little break from Retin-A, you should be able to get microdermabrasion done without having all of the adverse side effects.

Watch Your Exfoliating Creams and Products before Microderm

Exfoliating your skin a few times a week is a must if you want to get rid of dead, dry, chapped skin. However, if you exfoliate too much it can irritate your skin or even dry you out which may cause breakouts. Since microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment, we encourage our patients to try to avoid using exfoliating products for a few days before you come into our office.

If you want to schedule your microdermabrasion appointment, contact us at our San Francisco office at 415.409.6500.

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