Contraindication of Microdermabrasion

Contraindications are conditions that may be present on a client, and are such that you would have to adapt a treatment or not be allowed to proceed with the treatment, unless they have written confirmation from their GP that it is safe to do so.

It is essential that you not only look for these problems, but you should have already asked your client if they were aware of any issues when you did your consultation.

It is vital that you check for contraindications – should you ignore them, so that you can do the treatment and get paid, you could find that the treatment makes the problem worse. If you are at all unsure, you should suggest that the client visits his/her GP to have the matter checked before you provide the treatment.

Major Contraindications

The following are considered to be major considerations to MDM and NO TREATMENT SHOULD TAKE PLACE


An increase in hormones can affect the skin during pregnancy and this can cause pigmentation.  For this reason, it is not advised to perform MDM as the skin could react in an unexpected manner, making the condition worse. 


Clients need to be in remission for at least 6 months prior to commencing a course of MDM treatment as it stimulates the blood flow and lymphatic drainage

Grade for Acne

If the skin is very congested with pustules and papules, treatment would irritate the skin and spread bacteria.


This treatment causes thinning of the skin.  You must wait for 6 months after discontinuing Roaccutane before you can proceed with treatment.

Auto-Immune Diseases

Used to describe a number of disorders where the body can attack its own cells and tissues.   These diseases include

  • Addison’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Graves’ disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Vitiligo

Bacterial infections

E.g. Impetigo

Viral infections

E.g. Shingles.

Fungal infections

 E.g. Ringworm


Cannot be treated with MDM.


This affects the nerves and circulation and the skin can take much longer to heal than normal.  Clients must provide written permission from their doctor before treatment can be carried out.

Minor Contraindications

Proceed with caution and avoid affected areas

  • Eye Infections: conjunctivitis, sty’s, cysts
  • Skin disorders: active acne, seborrhoea dermatitis, cold sores, eczema, psoriasis
  • Keloid scars
  • Telangiectasia (broken capillaries)
  • Raised moles, warts, skin tags
  • Cuts, bruises and abrasions
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