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Dermabrasion is also a skin rejuvenation procedure. However, in dermabrasion skin treatment, a dermatologist will use a special instrument to “sand” your skin down to its new skin layer while microdermabrasion only contacts the skin through small exfoliation crystals. dermabrasion is usually only a good option for people with fair skin because it can cause paler scarring and discolorations in people with darker skin tones while microdermabrasion is able to work on all skin types and colors because it does not cause discolorations. dermabrasion is excellent for individuals who have deep acne scars, scars from accidents, pox marks and other types of scars. Following your dermabrasion procedure, you will feel as if your skin has been carpet-burned, and you may have to take a medication or prescription product to ease the discomfort during your post-treatment process. Your skin will take 6-8 weeks to completely heal itself during which time you should avoid sunlight and makeup. On the other hand, microdermabrasion has a much quicker recovery process and is not as painful, but is also not as effective on deep scarring caused by acne or accidents.