Microdermabrasion, also called a power-peel, is a gentle yet powerful sandblasting type therapy. It is not a surgical procedure and it doesn’t require anesthesia or any downtime for recovery.
How Microdermabrasion Is Performed
A cosmetic or dermatology professional will thoroughly clean your skin. Then, either crystals are sprayed on to the skin like a sandblaster or a wand with a diamond particle studded tip is brushed over the face to remove the dead surface layer of skin.
Some microdermabrasion experts incorporate an anti-oxidant rich vitamin solution to the skin during the therapy to boost the effectiveness and also to protect and heal the skin from sun damage.
What Microdermabrasion Will Treat
Due to its limited depth of penetration, microdermabrasion is most effectively used to deep clean the skin. It will also remove superficial skin issues such as:
– age spots
– sun damage
– fine lines
– shallow acne and tattoo scars
– may remove some whiteheads
What It Can’t Do For You
• Microdermabrasion is not an effective treatment for pigmentation problems and it won’t remove freckles.
• There is no general consensus among experts about its ability to treat acne. Some doctors think that the gentle exfoliation will help remove the dead skin and excess oil that cause pimples while others argue that the scrubbing will only cause further irritation to already irritated skin. If acne is a problem for you, ask your doctor if this is a good therapy option for you.
While microdermabrasion is safe for all skin types and skin colors, it is not recommended if you have couperose skin or Rosacea. Also, if you are pregnant or nursing you may want to wait until afterward since the hormones during this time cause the skin to be quite sensitive.
Glowy and dewy skin! However, because it is so gentle, to see true improvement in age spots or fine lines, you may need 6-10 treatments.
The treated skin will look pink for about a day and it will feel wind-burned for a few days so a good moisturizer is recommended. Also, use sunscreen to protect the fresh delicate skin.
Cost: $100-150 per treatment 45-60 minute treatment.
This is not completely a risk free treatment option. In the hands of an inexperienced operator, the procedure could lead to burns, bleeding and scars. Ask your clinician for references and his degree of experience.
Do It Yourself Kits
Over the counter microdermabrasion kits are readily available if you would like to try this treatment at home on your own. Most of the kits include a crystal scrubbing cream and an after-treatment moisturizer or gel. Some of the creams are applied by hand and some of the more expensive kits come with an applicator wand.
In order to get good results from the DIY kits, it is very important to follow the instructions and the recommended schedule of use. The chemicals and scrubbing agents in the at home kits are less powerful than the agents used by professionals, so it often requires several applications before you see results.
• These kits are most effective on younger skin that only needs a polish or as maintenance between professional treatments.
• There are many brands on the market and the user reviews vary widely. You may need to try a few brands before you find one that works for your skin.
• The kits are very affordable, ranging from $25 to $75.
Some of the user reviews include complaints of breakouts or irritation from the chemicals in the product.
Chemical Peels are often used along with a microdermabrasion treatment to boost the results.
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