Microdermabrasion easily and gently exfoliates and the top layer of skin cells to make way for new ones to brighten the skin’s appearance, even out skin tones, and help to fade acne scars.
- Microdermabrasion is a gentle way to exfoliate dead skin cells and encourage new cell turnover.
- As an aesthetic treatment, it can help improve various skin conditions such as scarring or an uneven skin surface and help to give a brighter complexion.
There are two main types of procedure to exfoliate the skin using microdermabrasion.
Crystal microdermabrasion is like a power scrub that involves spraying microcrystals on to the skin which are removed at the same time taking old skin cells with them.
Diamond dermabrasion that uses diamond tips to glide over the skin, gently and effectively polishing and exfoliating to provide controlled dermabrasion at varying depths for a more bespoke treatment.
Microdermabrasion is particularly suitable for various conditions including scar damage, age spots, blackheads, whiteheads and milia, large pores, sun damage, fine lines and even ingrown hairs or stretch marks. After treatment, the skin has a fresher, more radiant appearance and the complexion is fundamentally improved.
However, microdermabrasion wouldn’t be a recommended treatment in certain situations such as irritated skin, sunburn, rosacea, or a rash. That’s why it’s important to seek the advice of a qualified aesthetic practitioner for whom client safety is always their first and main priority.
The treatment itself doesn’t take long – between a quarter to half an hour. Firstly, the practitioner will cleanse the skin thoroughly, carry out the microdermabrasion, recleanse, and then apply moisturiser and protective sunscreen.
And despite how it might sound, microdermabrasion doesn’t hurt. As the process only affects the skin’s surface it certainly shouldn’t be painful – more like a gentle facial massage. Afterwards the skin may look a little pinker and feel a little more tender, but this doesn’t last long and certainly not a cause for any hold up to daily routines or schedules. The advantage is that the effects of microdermabrasion are visible almost immediately and usually last for 4-6 weeks. While difference is noticeable after just one treatment, follow up treatments can help maintain the benefits.
An experienced practitioner should always give aftercare advice as it’s best to stick to moisturisers and sunscreen rather than stronger products which have the potential to sting a little. They should also recommend how soon and how often to have follow-up treatments.
If you think that you may benefit from microdermabrasion, it’s important to find an experienced, qualified, aesthetic practitioner who will be able to give expert advice as to the most suitable treatment, personalised for you and your particular skin.