Does Microdermabrasion Work?
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that can be done either in a dermatologist office or at home with over the counter products. The procedure involves having crystals sprayed onto the skin to attack dead skin cells. Lost skin cells will be replaced with new, fresh ones. The process exfoliates the skin, leaving the skin fresh and rejuvenated. It is considered an instant facelift by many and many dub it a “Lunchtime Peel”, as it can often be done in half an hour. It is usually done on the face, chest, arms, hands and neck. The procedure is painless, very effective, with no chemicals or lasers being used. There are very few side effects associated with microdermabrasion, and are usually minor, such as redness, itching and slight stinging.
There are many that can benefit from a session or two of microdermabrasion. Good candidates include those that would like to shrink their pores, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, correct age spots, reduce acne scarring and have smoother skin. Those with sun damage and discolored skin can also benefit from microdermabrasion. Collagen production is stimulated during the microdermabrasion process, which means the skin will be rejuvenated faster than usual. Those with active rosacea, open lesions, warts, open sores, lupus, widespread acne, fragile capillaries, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, erythematosus, and diabetes mellitus should avoid microdermabrasion as they are not good candidates for it.
Types of Microdermabrasion
There are two types of microdermabrasion, crystal microdermabrasion and diamond microdermabrasion. Crystal microdermabrasion is often referred to as microcrystal dermabrasion and is the most popular form of dermabrasion. Fine crystals are spurted out of a stainless steel tube, and sprayed onto the face. The “sandblasting” of the skin will allow dead skin cells to fall off the skin. The crystals will then be vacuumed off the skin with the dead skin cells using the same wand. Most times aluminum oxide crystals are used for this but magnesium oxide, sodium bicarbonate, and sodium chloride have also been used.
The second type of microdermabrasion is diamond microdermabrasion, in which no crystals are used. A wand with a diamond encrusted tip is put over the skin, which will abrade the skin. The dead skin cells will then be vacuumed up the same as crystal microdermabrasion.
There are many do it yourself microdermabrasion products on the market today. While these products were designed to do the same thing a professional treatment does, exact results may not be seen. A few of the best at home microdermabrasion kits include:
- Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel kit by Olay
- Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub by Derma e
- Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System by Neutrogena
- Pro-X Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing system by Olay
- St. Ives Timeless Skin Daily Microdermabrasion by St. Ives
- Estee Lauder Idealist Micro-D Deep Thermal Refinisher by Estee Lauder
- DERMAdoctor Physical Chemistry Facial by DERMAdoctor
Microdermabrasion is perfect for those that want to improve their skin without having any downtime. The procedure is less risky than other resurfacing procedures. Microdermabrasion will successfully remove fine lines and wrinkles from the face as long as they are not deep set ones. It often requires several rounds of treatment to see results. Do note that after a few treatments, skin will feel softer and look healthier. Add in a few more treatments and the pores will shrink and the skin will become smoother. Most results will be seen after the 5th treatment. Many times 6 to 10 rounds of microdermabrasion will be needed to see the results that are desired. To maintain the effect of microdermabrasion, every month or two a maintenance session may be needed.