Microdermabrasion For Blackheads

microdermabrasion for blackheads

This article is for patients, old and new, who are interested in blackhead removal treatments, whether your blackheads are the bane of your life, a source of self-consciousness, or a simple annoyance. One very simple and effective method for blackhead removal we perform at Dermal Health is microdermabrasion. With the continuous rise of new and varied treatments, microdermabrasion still stands up strong as a preferred treatment for many patients.

What are blackheads?

Blackheads, scientifically known as open comedones, are small, sometimes raised, black spots that appear on the skin’s surface. They appear because the hair follicle beneath them is blocked. Blackheads form when dead skin cells and oils (which trap dead skin cells) accumulate in the hair follicle. The mixture forms a  solid mass of dead cells and oil, and when exposed to air, it oxidises and turns black, giving it its distinctive appearance. Blackheads interfere with the processes hair follicles exist for; To keep skin healthy.  They are not a result of inflammation but could potentially cause it if bacteria become trapped and multiply.

Blackheads are classed as a mild form of acne.  They can appear anywhere body hair grows but are most commonly found on the face, especially the nose and chin areas. Regular exfoliation and maintaining a consistent skincare routine can help prevent and reduce their occurrence.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a skin treatment performed by blowing fine, uniform crystals at high speeds onto a patient’s skin. It is a completely painless and non-invasive procedure used by many skin clinics worldwide. Microdermabrasion is designed to exfoliate and remove the layers of dead skin cells. This treatment can be tailored to your individual skin concerns, ensuring optimal results are achieved. Microdermabrasion is a form of mechanical exfoliation that works on your skin’s own cell renewal processes. The treatment also includes a suction effect to help with lymphatic drainage as well as the removal of sebum (the horrible oily substance that clogs the pores.) The main aim is to gently remove the top layer of skin to promote new, youthful-looking skin beneath.

Microdermabrasion can help with:

  • Sun damage.
  • Deep pore cleansing
  • Brown spots
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne scars
  • Sunspots
  • Enlarged pores

How does Microdermabrasion Work?

The treatment uses abrasive crystals to exfoliate dead skin, which is then vacuumed away. This technique accelerates the natural process of skin regeneration, revealing fresher and younger-looking skin.


Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Treating Congested Skin

A microdermabrasion treatment is what skin experts use to effectively unclog blocked pores, removing excess oil and dead skin from enlarged pores and taking the blackheads with it. This treatment can also diminish the appearance of acne and other imperfections, leaving the skin with a vibrant glow.

Improving Skin Tone and Texture

Beyond just blackhead removal, other microdermabrasion treatments can smooth an uneven skin tone, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help with scarring, including acne scarring. The exfoliation process stimulates the epidermis, promoting a fresher and brighter complexion.

Painless and Gentle Treatment

Contrary to popular belief, microdermabrasion works as a gentle procedure. While some may experience slight redness, the treatment area typically heals quickly, revealing smoother skin.

Microdermabrasion  treatment process


Before commencing the treatment, your skin specialist, Úna, will assess your skin type, discuss your concerns, and ascertain if microdermabrasion is the right choice for you. This step ensures the procedure is tailored to your unique needs and skin issues. It may be the case that she offers other procedures, such as chemical peels or specialised skin care products if she feels that better results will be obtained.

Pre-Treatment Preparation

The skin is thoroughly cleansed to remove any makeup, dirt, or oils. This ensures the microdermabrasion tool can work effectively on the skin. A clinic might occasionally apply a gentle peel to enhance the exfoliation process.

The Microdermabrasion Procedure

Utilising a specialised handheld device, the therapist will spray fine crystals onto the skin, a hallmark of the crystal method of microdermabrasion. This gently exfoliates the upper layer of the skin, removing dead skin cells and promoting the growth of new, healthy ones. The procedure feels resembles mild scratching or sanding, and a vacuum mechanism in the device assists in removing the exfoliated skin cells from the outer layer. Patient comfort is always prioritised throughout.


Following the exfoliation, a soothing serum or moisturiser is applied to calm the skin. Some clinics also offer a cooling mask to mitigate any potential redness or inflammation.

Aftercare Recommendations

Patients are advised to avoid direct sun exposure for several days post-treatment and apply sunscreen diligently. It’s also recommended to forgo heavy makeup or any abrasive skincare products for a day or two, allowing the skin to recuperate.

The entire full microdermabrasion facial process is non-invasive and typically spans about 30 minutes to an hour, making it a favoured “lunchtime procedure.” The outcome? A smoother, more radiant complexion with diminished imperfections and youthful radiance.

Combining Microdermabrasion with Other Treatments

For those seeking comprehensive skin treatment, combining microdermabrasion treatments with complimentary treatments can double the benefits. Depending on the case, chemical peels may be combined with microdermabrasion.  A tailored treatment plan will always be created to ensure that all individual skin concerns are addressed.  The unique benefits and method of application make microdermabrasion a useful addition to any skin rejuvenation protocol.

Choosing Suitable Skincare Products

Post-treatment, opting for a good skincare routine and products that complement microdermabrasion treatments is essential to prolong the benefits. Hydration is important. Úna will give advice on the best methods you can employ to help prevent blackheads from reappearing. Further treatments can complement the microdermabrasion procedure.

Microdermabrasion for your youthful skin

Microdermabrasion offers many benefits, from treating and removing blackheads to rejuvenating the skin. Book your appointment online with Dermal Health, or feel free to get in touch to explore this treatment further. Experience how expertise and care are combined at Dermal Health.