Microdermabrasion removes the top dead dry layer of the skin a process that benefits different types of skin issues. For oily skin, it “de-roofs” blocked pores to remove blackheads and reduce break-outs. For dry aging skin, microdermabrasion makes the skin look fresh and glowing. Many experts believe that removing the top dead layer of skin signals the skin to grow healthy firm skin.
2. Is there a difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion?
A big difference. Dermabrasion is actually considered surgery. It is painful and local anesthesia is needed as a laser removes most of the epiderrmis. Afterwards the skin is raw, red and a bit bloody for at least a week. Full healing can take months, but a successful dermabrasion can lighten dark patches, remove fine lines and erase acne scars.
Microdermabrasion is not nearly so intense. It is considered a procedure ( rather than surgery) and can be done in an office by a doctor or their assistants. The full court press microdermabrasion uses a combination of suction and metallic crystals. There are at least a dozen different brands of microdermabrasion devices including Parisian Peel and the Hydra- Facial– my personal favorite.
Here’s how it works:
During an office based microdermabrasion the machine wand blasts the skin with aluminium crystals or a diamond tipped head. The attached suction device pulls the skin to provide better access as welll as captures the loosened skin cells. Many microdermabrasion machines also infuse skin care products ( peptide or vitamin C serums) into the treated skin.Microdermabrasion improves the quality of the skin’s surface. There is no healing time and you leave the office looking fresh and radiant.
3. Can I use Retin A with microdermabrasion?
To avoid unnecessary redness, irritation and peeling, you should stop using Retin A 48 hours before and after microdermabrasion. If your skin is dry and/or sensitive you might also want to avoid other potential irritants including vitamin C, glycolic acid or scrubbing grains.
4. Who should not use microdermabrasion?
As good as it is, microdermabrasion can be a problem if you have certain types of underlying skin care problems. If you have active rosacea or acne, psoriasis, eczema, open sores or herpes, microdermabrasion can makes these problems worse. If you tend to develop darkened or discolored patches ( hyperpigmentation) from irritation, microdermabrasion may provoke new pigmentation rather than remove it.
5. Do home microdermabrasion kits really work?
Most of the home microdermabrasion kits are traditional exfoliators using scrubbing grains or brushes to remove dry dead surface skin. Some like the DDF Micropolishing System use a rotary pad with polishing crystals- closely related to the effective office based procedure, but do not have the suction action of a physicians microdermabrasion system. However they are a great budget beauty option. Most are around $50 $100 for the kit while microdermabrasion with a dermatologist runs $150-300 per session.