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Microdermabrasion is one of the more recent skin care techniques to have come over from Hollywood to the world. It’s being advanced as an “instant face-lift” an effective alternative to more costlier and more invasive procedures like plastic surgery, chemical peels and Botox injections. Recently, more and more men are trying it, instead of pursuing cosmetic surgery.
So, what exactly is microdermabrasion, what will it promise but more important, what effect will it have on your face? In this page, we’ll look at the science behind microdermabrasion, see what a treatment is like and find out what it does to your skin.
An ultra-deep exfoliating facial, designed to minimise pigmentation, sun damage, acne, scaring and large pores.
Microdermabrasion is a term used for the application of tiny rough grains to buff away at the surface layer of skin. Several products and treatments use this method, including medical procedures, salon treatments and creams and scrubs that you apply yourself at home. It’s usually done to the face, chest, neck, arms or hands. Before we can understand how microdermabrasion does what it does, it’s important to understand how skin works.
Your skin is made up of two main layers, the epidermis and the dermis layers. The epidermis is the layer closest to the outside. It’s a set of dead skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside and the lower skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through.
When you put lotions or creams on your skin, some of the moisture passes through the stratum corneum, but not all of it. This layer is home to many minor skin imperfections like fine wrinkle lines and blemishes. All the action in microdermabrasion takes place at the level of the stratum corneum. Since it only really targets the epidermis (and not the dermis), it is more accurate to call it micro-epi-dermabrasion. Affecting deeper layers of skin would be painful and harmful, and it would risk permanently embedding the tiny grains into the skin.
Microdermabrasion works especially well to clean out clogged pores. It’s a useful alternative for patients whose skin is too sensitive to use anti-acne drugs. It’s not recommended for those who have active oral herpes. Here’s a list of the conditions that make someone unsuited for microdermabrasion:
When Is Dermabrasion or Microdermabrasion Used?
Dermabrasion was developed to improve acne scars, pox marks, and scars from accidents or disease. It’s not effective in treating congenital skin defects, most moles, pigmented birthmarks, or scars caused by burns.
Dermabrasion is generally only safe for people with fair skin. For people with darker skin, dermabrasion can result in scarring or discoloration.
Microdermabrasion works on all skin types and colours. It makes subtle changes, causing no skin colour change or scarring. It is not effective for deeper problems such as scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, or deep acne scars.
With microdermabrasion, there is less down time than with dermabrasion. Skin is temporarily pink but fully recovers within 24 hours. It doesn’t require surgery or anaesthetics. That may help people who cannot take “down time” for healing.