Over-the-Counter Moisturizers to Calm the Face After Microdermabrasion

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Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that minimizes effects of sun damage and aging -- such as fine, lines, wrinkles and dullness -- without surgery or harsh chemicals. After the procedure, your skin may look pink, red or slightly swollen. This reaction will typically fade within a day, but applying an over-the-counter moisturizer may accelerate the process. Look for moisturizers that contain soothing ingredients to calm and nourish skin.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is found in the aloe plant’s spiky green leaves and has been touted as a skin-soother and redness reducer for ages. Aloe vera contains anti-inflammatory properties that may decrease pain and stimulate skin growth and repair, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center. Most often used for sunburns, aloe vera will also help reduce the redness caused by microdermabrasion. When shopping, look for products that contain a high concentration of aloe vera to deliver the most redness-reducing benefits.

Colloidal Oatmeal

Colloidal oatmeal -- regular oats that have been very finely ground -- soothes and protects damaged skin. It also delivers skin-boosting compounds such as proteins, lipids, vitamins and antioxidants. Oatmeal has earned approval by the Food and Drug Administration as a cleanser, moisturizer, and a soothing and protective anti-inflammatory agent, according to an article published in “The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.” For use after a microdermabrasion treatment, colloidal oatmeal provides anti-inflammatory properties to calm and sooth irritated skin and reduce swelling.


Chamomile, a small daisy-like flower, may be most known for its ability to calm anxiety, reduce stress and help insomniacs get some shut-eye. Not surprisingly, it also soothes and calms irritated skin. The oil from the chamomile plant reduces the swelling and irritation often caused by microdermabrasion. In addition, chamomile's scent has a relaxing effect. Breathe in the scent while applying creams containing chamomile for instant relaxation after a nerve-racking office procedure.


Feverfew, another plant that features a daisy-like flower, provides multiple uses as a medicinal herb. However, it may also contain skin-soothing abilities. In a study published in the February 2008 issue of “Archives for Dermatological Research,” researchers found that feverfew may protect your skin from inflammation, sunburn and premature aging. With anti-inflammatory properties, feverfew will calm and soothe skin after an irritating microdermabrasion treatment. It may also reduce swelling.

Avoid Dyes, Fragrances and Acids

After a microdermabrasion treatment, your skin will be sensitive for at least a few days. Avoid moisturizers containing dyes, fragrances and acids -- which can irritate sensitive skin -- until your skin has completely healed from the procedure. Instead, stick to moisturizers specifically labeled for “sensitive skin” so you know they won’t contain harsh irritants.