My sister recently had a microdermabrasion treatment which caused her face to look red, blotchy, and dry.

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Question: My sister recently had a microdermabrasion treatment which caused her face to look red, blotchy, and dry. Are these side effects common in patients?

Answer: Most patients that get a microdermabrasion have a very subtle pinkness to their skin and otherwise have a very refreshed glow, but certainly no red blotches or significant dryness. I question whether the microdermabrasion may have been performed too deeply and caused irritation to the skin or your sister may have had a skin condition that was unrecognized that created more blotchiness due to the irritation of the microdermabrasion. It is obviously very important to seek out someone well trained in microdermabrasion with the vast experience treating various skin types so that some of these issues do not occur.

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