Microdermabrasion is the process of exfoliating your skin to remove dead skin cells. Due to removing a significant layer of dead skin, microdermabrasion is usually effective in treating fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks. Unlike dermabrasion, where doctors anesthetize you before roughly abrading your skin, microdermabrasion is a non-surgical, gentle treatment that uses tiny crystals to remove that dead layer.
Microdermabrasion for Pores
Since large pores are not a serious medical condition, many feel that laser peels and chemicals are inappropriate. Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, is the effective, low-cost, non-invasive solution for those who suffer from enlarged pores.
While your pore size is predetermined by genetics and age, your pores can become larger due to dirt and oil clogs. As the material oxidizes, it becomes darker, turning into a blackhead and expanding your pores.
When you undergo professional microdermabrasion, the exfoliation peels off the outer layer of skin, incidentally abrading blackheads and effectively pulling out dirt and hardened oil from the pores. The procedure also stimulates collagen production, increasing skin elasticity and keeping pores tight.
Microdermabrasion for Scars
A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reviewed microdermabrasion and its effect on several skin problems, including acne and acne scarring. The study concluded that the clinical efficiency of microdermabrasion could not be disputed.
Though consistent treatment is required, the procedure can create changes in the dermal matrix and result in improvements of skin irregularities, greatly reducing the appearance of light scars. However, deep acne scars or pockmarks will not significantly improve through microdermabrasion treatment, as the crystals cannot penetrate deep beneath the skin.
Microdermabrasion for Superficial Skin Damage
Superficial damage to your skin usually occurs in the form of minor sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and age spots. These can all be reduced with microdermabrasion, due to the removal of the outermost layer of skin.
The problem with sun damage and age spots is that they can eventually evolve into cancer once the melanocytes that create the darker pigment start to malfunction. However, removing them through microdermabrasion is an effective preventative treatment. It can take between 6 to 12 sessions to remove small and medium spots, and consistent maintenance is recommended to prevent additional spots.
Microdermabrasion for Penetration
While many people know about the visual benefits of microdermabrasion, the process can also help the skin better absorb skincare products. When there is no longer a layer of dead cells blocking vibrant skin, lotions, face washes, and moisturizers, all function much more effectively.
Additionally, topical medications are also much more potent when they don’t have to penetrate through several layers. Conditions like vitiligo and pemphigus vulgaris can greatly benefit from microdermabrasion, as it will allow easy delivery of cream treatments such as methoxsalen, trioxsalen, and corticosteroids.
Microdermabrasion for Circulation
As the body’s biggest organ, skin needs constant circulation to ensure proper health. Without continuous blood flow, oxygen can’t proliferate through the organ, subsequently causing an increase in discoloration, acne, wrinkles, and dark circles.
Whether it’s performed with machines or by hand, microdermabrasion stimulates circulation through suction and massage. As you apply the crystals to your skin, the stimulation increases the nutrition delivered to your skin cells and removes harmful toxins from your lymph nodes. With more blood flow and nutrients, cell production, elasticity, collagen production, and texture improve drastically.
Microdermabrasion for Aging
In addition to rhytids and wrinkles, aged skin is also characterized by epidermal and dermal atrophy, rough texture, and irregular pigment. Through consistent microdermabrasion treatments, advanced aging issues can be improved. In fact, due to a decrease in skin thickness, many of the pigmentation issues caused by age and sun exposure can be removed completely. Furthermore, an increase in collagen production is essential to normal skin appearance and function.
Not a Fix-All Treatment
Though microdermabrasion can help a number of conditions, it cannot solve all skin problems. It’s not recommended to use exfoliation crystals if you’re experiencing skin conditions including rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, sunburn, herpes, lupus, psoriasis, or fragile capillaries. If you have any of these issues, seeking medical advice before applying microdermabrasion is recommended.
Microdermabrasion is not safe for pregnant women, nor is it safe for people who have had a recent chemical peel or other cosmetic procedures. Prospective candidates should also refrain from waxing or tanning for a few weeks before treatment to prevent a negative reaction.
The Health of Your Skin
Due to its relatively gentle character, microdermabrasion treatments need to be performed consistently to allow your skin to reach its full potential. Don’t expect a dramatic, overnight result—instead, over the course of several weeks, your skin quality will improve and you’ll notice a difference. Try microdermabrasion at home or at a spa today for healthy, glowing skin!