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What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a light, non-invasive skin treatment that exfoliates (‘cleans’ the skin surface) and removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells. Essentially, it helps your skin look and feel renewed.

Also referred to as a microdermabrasion facial, this is one of the cosmetic procedures that typically do not involve any needles or anaesthetics to produce lasting results for all skin types (yay, needle-nayers!).

In recent years, dermabrasion has been mostly replaced by laser technologies. However, due to its affordability and the quality of its results, certain procedures remain popular, such as the advanced microdermabrasion offered by Everyderm Clinic.

Technology and methods

While primarily an exfoliation technique, microdermabrasion treatment commonly involves two parts: exfoliation and suction.

Exfoliation is the process of removing dirt and skin cells built up on the surface of your skin. In this case, it is done using crystals or diamond flakes.

Those are not the same as the crystals on your jewellery, however. They are fine crystals – microcrystals – consisting of aluminium oxide, magnesium oxide, sodium chloride, and/or sodium bicarbonate.

A microdermabrasion machine directs a stream of microderm crystals sprayed across the skin in the form of a cream. This leads to an abrasion of the top layer of the skin, which creates the conditions for a microdermabrasion vacuum to remove the crystals and dead cells, leaving your skin smoother and shinier than before.

Another microdermabrasion method relies on a diamond-tip handpiece that performs a gentle, particle-free sweep over the skin. It does not produce any particles, and multiple passes result in deeper treatment. Arguably, it is a much safer option than sandpaper, which our Egyptian predecessors are believed to have used to smooth scars.

Everyderm utilises two technologies that combine cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant protection – Silkpeel and Hydrafacial. Both of these technologies serve similar yet slightly distinct purposes that may vary depending on what would benefit your skin the most.

With Silkpeel, we use a diamond-tipped wand to exfoliate and simultaneously infuse your skin with serums that target your specific concerns. With Hydrafacial, we use a patented Vortex-Fusion® system to do the same. 

Skin conditions

The effectiveness of microdermabrasion can be noticed regardless of the target skin concern. Whether you have congested skin, oily skin, or tired skin, with the right amount of treatments, you will be able to see an immediate and incremental improvement.

This procedure can help treat:

Fine lines and wrinkles

Ingrown hairs

  Brown spots

Sun damage

Acne appearance


Large pores.

Benefits for the skin

Among the positives that microdermabrasion offers are the immediate results in how smooth, soft, and revitalised your skin becomes. 

Since the process of exfoliation relies on temporarily abrasing the skin, it also serves to improve blood flow, nourish the skin, and stimulate collagen production. 

As a result, you can expect:

Less dull skin

More even skin tone

Brighter complexion.

You are most likely also to feel the hydrating effect right away. And when you look in the mirror, you will notice that your skin is more clear-looking and plump.

Regular treatments help maintain these benefits for much longer.

Microdermabrasion: before and after

Curious to see what the results from microdermabrasion treatment are? The following microdermabrasion before-and-after photos will show you.

Risks and side effects

While microdermabrasion in its current state is safer than ever, it does carry some risks and potential side effects.

Common ones include:



Slight bruising.

These typically subside within a few hours to a day, but in rare cases, if you have a specific condition, infection can occur when post-procedure care instructions are not followed. 

To minimise the potential for such consequences, performing an assessment beforehand can help. You can do this with your dermatologist specialist at an Everyderm clinic. For the procedure itself, you will be accommodated by our staff for the maximum comfort and safety.

The procedure

When you visit an Everyderm clinic for microdermabrasion treatment, the first step  would be to perform a skin cleansing to remove any makeup or impurities

Then, we’ll continue with the chosen microdermabrasion method. Depending on the area being treated, the whole procedure may take 30 to 60 minutes.

Microdermabrasion is virtually painless. The feeling you are likely to experience could be compared to being caressed by a cat’s tongue – a rough but gentle texture. There may be some tingling or mild tightness, but it’s well-tolerated.

Afterwards, you don’t have to wait before going out. However, we recommend wearing sunscreen and avoiding direct sun exposure for a few days after the skin treatment.


Before coming for your microdermabrasion appointment at Everyderm, we advise booking a free visit or a virtual consultation, including a no-charge Visia skin analysis. We’ll help you perform an assessment of your skin type and your individual skin needs.

We recommend following these steps before the procedure:

Clean your face and neck before visiting (with soap if you have no syndet bar or a lipid-free cleaner) to moisturise them.

Do not use exfoliating creams three days prior – most of them contain acids that leave your skin sensitive, which may cause discomfort during the procedure.

Minimise direct sun exposure a week prior – it can also leave your skin sensitive.

Avoid facial treatments a week prior – again, due to sensitivity.

Use topical solutions recommended by your physician if you need to ensure your skin is in the right condition.

Consult an Everyderm specialist if you have undergone tretinoin acne treatment in the past six months or similar, which may increase the risk of scarring.

Recovery time and after-care

Once you have gone through your microdermabrasion procedure, generally, your skin may need several hours to a day to fully recover.

We recommend wearing sunscreen and avoiding sunlight. You can also apply makeup and non-irritating creams, which are usually best a few hours after the treatment. Use gentle, hydrating skincare products.

Try to avoid irritating products, such as fragranced creams and lotions, or ones containing retinoid, glycolic acids, and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). If you experience redness or swelling, apply a cool compress to provide relief, and if it continues, consult an Everyderm skin aesthetic expert.

Recommended frequency

Frequenting your favourite clinic for a microdermabrasion treatment is always welcome, but it may not be the way to go for you. Skin type and specific concerns are the primary factors here.

Largely, a series of 4-6 treatments spaced 2-4 weeks apart is the norm. If you have more sensitive skin, less frequent sessions may be preferable.

Without regular maintenance treatments, even with the best microdermabrasion treatment, your skin will accumulate more dead cells that will need removing. Coming in every 1-3 months can help sustain your skin at optimal condition.

Why Everyderm?

Photo Peter Prendergast

The Everyderm programme aims to show how you can learn to love your skin through monthly treatments using advanced technology in the field of dermatology.

Everyderm’s founder, Dr. Peter Prendergast, is one of the leading experts in aesthetic medicine in Ireland. The clinic itself is backed by two decades of experience and qualified staff members.

We want you to experience the Everyderm approach and see for yourself, be it through our laser, facial, microdermabrasion, or peel procedures. That is why we offer a free consultation before you commit.

When it comes to Everyderm’s treatment through microdermabrasion, Dublin is the place to find our current clinics – our clinics are located in Carrickmines and Dundrum. 

Plans and prices

Microdermabrasion is an essential process included in all of Everyderm’s subscription plans – Silver, Platinum, and Diamond.

Along with the additional treatments you get access to when you pick a plan, if you become a Diamond member, you also get to enjoy 10% off certain procedures and essential home-use cosmetics that have proven effective in supporting long-term skin treatment programs.

Frequently Asked

Can microdermabrasion remove scars?

Microdermabrasion can reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes. Superficial scars, particularly those caused by acne, are most affected by the procedure.

How many microdermabrasion treatments do I need?

The number of microdermabrasion sessions depends on your individual skin concerns and the desired outcome. For truly good and lasting results, our recommendation is to commit to a series of 4-6 sessions spread over a period of several months.

Is microdermabrasion bad for your skin?

If not performed with consideration of your skin type and specific conditions, any cosmetic procedure has the potential to cause adverse effects. That is why at Everyderm we provide a free assessment beforehand carried out by our qualified professionals.

Our team of highly trained aesthetic professionals will guide you through every stage of the process on your first visit to Everyderm