Microdermabrasion treatments are used to gently remove the top layer of your skin in order to reveal the smooth, blemish-free skin lying underneath. It’s a non-surgical, pain free way to improve the appearance of your skin. This kind of cosmetic procedure can reduce or eliminate a variety of skin problems including age spots, blackheads, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and acne.
How Microdermabrasion Works
Microdermabrasion works through the process of skin exfoliation. If you’ve ever used a facial scrub containing tiny particles that you rub all over your face to clean and purify it, you’ve performed a form of microdermabrasion on yourself.
Your skin is made up of two basic layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin. It’s that layer that is made up of dead skin cells. The dermis is the underlying layer of skin made up of skin cells that are still in the process of maturing.
When the topmost layer of dead skin cells are removed, it reveals the newer, fresher looking skin cells underneath. This has a rejuvenating effect on the appearance of your skin, and many kinds of skin blemishes including acne and acne scars are reduced significantly. The pore cleansing nature of the treatments can also help prevent acne in the first place.
Side Effects of Professional Microdermabrasion
Although the side effects are minimal, they can include some redness and swelling in the treated areas. The severity of these side effects can last from one hour to a full day. This all depends on how sensitive your skin is to the tools and products used during the procedure.
Number of Treatments Needed
In order for professional microdermabrasion to work properly, it must be done a few times. The number of times depends on the severity of the skin problem being treated and the sensitivity of the skin. Remember that microdermabrasion is safe and effective for all skin types; it’s just that different kinds of skin respond to it differently, and may take longer or shorter times to heal. Usually, 3 to 5 sessions spaced out through the span of a year are needed for it to be the most effective.
You will be instructed to use medicinal creams and lotions in between sessions to help heal your skin and deliver the best results. The ingredients and moisture contained in these lotions and creams will be more easily absorbed into the skin because the top layer of dead skin cells are no longer standing in the way.