Skin Polishing Treatment: Benefits, Criteria, and Procedure

Dr. Amit Guna

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Amit Guna

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

5 min read


With skin polishing treatment, you can improve your skin texture. Skin polishing is also known as microdermabrasion & skin exfoliation. Benefits of skin polishing treatment include reducing wrinkles.

Key Takeaways

  • Skin polishing makes your skin appear healthier and youthful
  • Microdermabrasion is the medical term for skin polishing treatment
  • You may need to avoid sun exposure a week before and after skin polishing

Skin polishing is a non-invasive process to improve the health of your skin by making it softer, smoother, and brighter. And who doesn't want that in today's day and age? By undergoing a skin polishing treatment, you can improve your skin's overall texture and tone. This process removes dead skin cells and makes your skin appear shinier and healthier. Skin polishing is also known by the name microdermabrasion, skin exfoliation, and skin brightening. Skin polishing is an ideal way to do away with all sorts of skin damage.

You can opt for a skin polishing treatment at home or at a dermatologist's clinic. However, always make sure a skin expert is present while undergoing this treatment. Search online for 'skin polishing treatments near me to get the best suggestions and read on to learn about important facts regarding skin polishing treatment.

Benefits of Skin Polishing Treatment

Skin polishing is a safe way to treat concerns related to the skin for most types of skin. With it, you can reduce fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, and other signs of aging. It also helps to eliminate hyperpigmentation, acne, and blackheads and minimizes the appearance of enlarged pores. Moreover, you can treat conditions like sun damage and melasma with skin polishing treatment.

Criteria to Undergo Skin Polishing 

Being an adult makes you eligible for skin polishing treatment. However, if you have serious skin-related conditions and are undergoing treatment or taking medicines, you may not be able to undergo this treatment. For the best advice, consult a dermatologist and follow their recommendations.

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How to Prepare for Skin Polishing? 

As skin polishing is a nonsurgical and safe procedure, you need not prepare for it like an invasive procedure. However, it is always a prudent choice to consult a dermatologist to know whether you need skin polishing or some other kind of therapy. Make sure you inform them about your medical history and mention any allergies that you may have. Also, let them know about any past invasive or non-invasive cosmetic therapy you underwent.

In some cases, doctors may ask you to avoid the following for a week or less before the skin polishing treatment: 

  • Waxing 
  • Exfoliating masks and creams 
  • Tanning creams 
  • Sun exposure 

On the day of the skin polishing treatment, make sure not to wear any make-up.

Ways of Skin Polishing Treatment

Skin polishing is usually performed in the clinic and requires no more than an hour. In most cases, authorized skin care professional will perform the procedure in the presence of a dermatologist. As it is not a surgical procedure, using a numbing agent or anesthesia is not required. 

After you enter the clinic, the concerned healthcare provider may ask you to take a seat on a reclining chair. After that, they will exfoliate the outer layers of your skin in the targeted area with a handheld device. After completing the procedure, they may apply sunscreen and a moisturizer to your skin. The healthcare provider can use different devices based on your treatment requirement.

Here are the different ways in which skin polishing treatment is performed. 

1. Skin polishing with diamond-tip handpiece 

This process eliminates the many layers of dead skin with the help of suctioning. It can be applied to the skin around the eyes and in other sensitive areas on the face. 

2. Hydradermabrasion 

Also known as hydra facial, this type of skin polishing treatment helps you glow and look younger. As per reports, one hydrafacial procedure is performed worldwide every 15 seconds [1]. Note that it is a safe and painless procedure, suitable for all types of skins. 

3. Crystal microdermabrasion 

This is much like skin polishing with the diamond-tip handpiece. The handpiece used in this type of skin polishing emits crystals of sodium bicarbonate and aluminum oxide to exfoliate dead skin cells.

Skin Polishing Treatment

Side Effects of Skin Polishing

Skin polishing is a harmless procedure and has no side effects in most cases. On some occasions, you may experience the following signs post-skin polishing treatment. 

  • Redness 
  • Swelling 
  • Minor bruises 
  • Tenderness 

These signs do not last long and gradually go away on their own. To prevent them, healthcare providers may apply a moisturizer to hydrate your skin before initiating the process. 

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What to do after undergoing skin polishing treatment? 

There is no need to rest or take a break from work after your skin polishing treatment. You can immediately resume your normal activities. However, keep in mind the following considerations: 

  • Do not wash your face before 6 to 8 hours after the treatment and when you do, go for a mild face wash 
  • Do stay hydrated to maintain healthy skin 
  • Avoid direct heat of the sun for at least seven days 
  • Do not use anything but soft skincare gels and ointments, and sunscreen 
  • Make sure you stay away from topical acne medication for at least 24 hours 
  • Do not go for steam and sauna for seven days 

Results will be visible on your skin immediately after the treatment. Talk to your dermatologist to understand how many skin polishing sessions you need to completely address your skin conditions. You may also be asked to visit every 3 to 4 weeks, thereby allowing your skin enough time to heal internally.

By knowing all these facts about skin polishing treatment, you can understand how it helps to exfoliate skin and makes your skin appear younger and healthier. For any queries related to skin polishing, ayurvedic skin care home remedies, or other tips for healthy skin, you can get a doctor's consultation on Bajaj Finserv Health. This platform allows you to find dermatologists near you and book a teleconsultation or in-clinic appointment in minutes. Start caring for your skin today to avoid major skin complications! 

Published on 17 Jun 2022Last updated on 12 Apr 2023

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.

Dr. Amit Guna

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Amit Guna

, Bachelor in Physiotherapy (BPT) , MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy 3

Dr Amit Guna Is A Consultant Physiotherapist, Yoga Educator , Fitness Trainer, Health Psychologist. Based In Vadodara. He Has Excellent Communication And Patient Handling Skills In Neurological As Well As Orthopedic Cases.


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