Microdermabrasion is a popular technique used in the treatment of several skin problems, including acne, acne scarring, striae distensae, and photoaging. This article will review the relevant literature and use an evidence-based approach to evaluate the clinical efficacy of microdermabrasion in skin care. In summary, microdermabrasion appears to be a procedure that can produce changes in dermal matrix constituents and result in improvement in skin contour irregularities. It may also be beneficial in improving transepidermal delivery of certain medications. Its role in the treatment of dyschromias and acne vulgaris is limited.
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From the Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, and the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology, and Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
Received for publication August 1, 2008; accepted June 19, 2009.
Disclosures: Darius J. Karimipour, M.D., has received equipment from Bella Products and Altair to perform microdermabrasion research. He was also the recipient of the Dermatology Foundation's Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery to study the molecular mechanisms of microdermabrasion. He has no other financial information to disclose. The other authors have no financial relationships to disclose.
Darius J. Karimipour, M.D., 43700 Woodward Avenue, Suite 110, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 48302, firstname.lastname@example.org