Microdermabrasion Can Have a Negative Effect On Facial Psoriasis

Like all brides, when I was getting married I pictured a perfect day. I would glide down the aisle, arm in arm with my Dad in my amazing white gown with flawless skin towards my handsome groom. And I did. 

I was used to the psoriasis spots on my body, so was less concerned about them. I’m used to psoriasis coming along for the major moments in my life, so always assumed it would be a part of my wedding day. Luckily, the spots only made an appearance on my legs and stomach so were easily hidden by my gown.

I was concerned about the skin on my face. We were getting married in winter, so I didn’t want to end the night with flaky skin. Two weeks before our wedding, I booked a facial appointment so my face would be squeaky clean and glowing. 

My original appointment was for a facial and microdermabrasion.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Basically it is an exfoliation technique that removes the outer layer of your skin with a small hand held device.

It is ideal for deep-cleaning your pores. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and creases. It can erase sun damage and minor scars. And it can help brighten your complexion, rejuvenate your skin, give you a more youthful look, and of course, make your skin feel soft and smooth.

Microdermabrasion and Psoriasis

At the start of my appointment, I had a consult with the technician. I told her that I had psoriasis and she immediately recommended against the microdermabrasion as it could make my skin more blotchy and irritated. Instead she suggested a lactic chemical peel to avoid any skin mishaps with only 2 weeks to go.

Skin-resurfacing techniques could cause trauma that leads to Koebnerization and psoriatic changes in previously healthy skin. The Koebner Phenomenon is when minor skin trauma’s trigger psoriasis plaques to form at the site of a skin injury.

So the result could have been an even worse psoriasis flare on my face. Luckily my technician was educated and provided an alternative solution.


  1. Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Have a great day and a wonderful life together. I think it is safe to say that this is the one day you should allow yourself to shirk from a psoriasis friendly diet:-)

  2. Has anyone heard about trying silica for psoriasis? I was reading on Nat’l Center for Homeopathy website ( about a silica water bath. Evidently he had great success with his patients. Silica is supposed to be helpful for skin issues such as boils, lessions, splinters, and systs. Not sure if I fit the overall patient profile for silica, though. And I’m not sure if I am brave enough to try it.

  3. Have a happy married life!

    I also have psoriasis and my scalp psoriasis is the worst one. I heard about indigo naturalis recently and tried it, there has been good improvement. Will keep you posted about it. I bought it from You can also check it out and let other people with psoriasis know about it.

  4. Interesting but unfortunate that your psoriasis was an issue with microdermabrasion, but surprising that a chemical peel wouldn’t cause any problems at the same time.

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