Microdermabrasion is one of the new skin-care techniques to have been adopted from Hollywood to the public. It’s being promoted as an “instant facelift”, as an effective option to more expensive and invasive procedures such as chemical peels , plastic surgery, and the famous Botox injections. Lately, more and more people are curious to try this, rather than going for cosmetic surgery.

What does exactly microdermabrasion do to our skin?., Does it really work the way it’s being promoted? What effect does microdermabrasion actually have on our faces? Do we need a practitioner, or is this what can do ourselves? This website will explain the science behind microdermabrasion, explain what a treatment is all about and learn how it works on your skin.

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure used for rejuvenating the skin to make it look beautiful, smoother and younger. It is also referred to as mechanical exfoliation or micro-resurfacing. This is a non-invasive method of treatment that is done by exfoliating and removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells of the skin. This treatment method can be used to reduce wrinkles, spots, lines, blackheads, enlarged pores and mild acne scars. Another benefit is that, with the layer of dead cells gone, it becomes easy for the skin care products to actually penetrate deeper into the skin.

Microdermabrasion can be done through several methods and techniques, the most common one being the use of abrasive surfaces or crystals (aluminum dioxide crystals) to exfoliate the skin surface and then using a suction device to remove the crystals along with the dead skin cells. When the skin surface is disturbed, it results in cell division which stimulates the production of collagen thus improving the smoothness and texture of the skin. There is a wide range of substances that are used as abrasives such as aluminum oxide crystals, diamond tips, bristle tips, organic grains etc.

The duration of treatment usually depends on the skin type. However, the whole process takes barely 20-30 minutes to be completed and hence is easy and less time consuming.  Microdermabrasion can be either done at home with the at-home kits that are readily available or it can be done in a clinic or spa with the help of a professional. For better results, it is recommended that the procedure be carried out in 6-10 sessions. After the treatment it is likely that the skin may feel sensitive and may appear lightly pink for a few hours. So applying sunscreen before going out into the sun is highly recommended.  Applying a moisturizer can also help, as the treatment may leave the skin dry for a temporary period.

The side effects associated with microdermabrasion are usually very mild and disappears after a few hours or within a day.  The most common side effects include swelling, redness, itching, drying out of the skin, flaking etc.  When used for the treatment of acne scars, it can also cause the temporary increase in the number of spots.  This is because the process opens up the pores releasing the acne causing bacteria thus leading to a sudden increase in acne. However, this is not a serious matter to worry about as the acne soon disappears leaving a fresh and good looking skin.

Microdermabrasion is not recommended for pregnant women, nursing mothers, cancer patients, and people with conditions such as herpes, rosacea etc as it may lead to complications. The risks of microdermabrasion include getting microdermabrasion crystals into the eyes, inhaling the crystals and infections. If the crystals get in to the eyes, it causes irritation. Accidental inhalation of the crystals can cause irritation and temporary respiratory difficulties in some cases. Infections are often caused by the use of unhygienic tools and devices. Microdermabrasion has gained immense popularity among people due to the various potential benefits it offers and also because of the ease of use and flexibility of the technique. It is one of the most effective methods of skin rejuvenation and is found to deliver high degree of satisfaction among its users.