Should I Try Microdermabrasion?
Q: What is microdermabrasion and how can it benefit my skin?
A: The act of exfoliating the skin is excellent for facial rejuvenation, and microdermabrasion, which removes the uppermost layer of dead skin, can improve your skins texture, provide better penetration of products (moisturizers, vitamin C etc) and even out skin tone.
During my 11 years in skincare, one of my favorite tools has been my microdermabrasion machine. By utilitzing aluminum oxide crystals which flow threw a vacuum type wand the dead skin of the epidermis is exfoliated. It is considered a mechanical exfoliator and can be used on almost all skin types, except for hypersensitive skin. Unlike chemical peels, which can cause hypo-pigmentation on darker skin colors, any ethnicity can benefit from receiving microdermabrasion treatments.
Usually done in a series of 6 to10 treatments, microdermabrasion significantly improves the tone and texture of the skin, while reducing lines, brown pigmentation, and enlarged pores. Having it done every other week in a series of treatments allows for a deeper exfoliation of the skin. I recommend doing a series in the fall to boost the radiance of the skin and repair any sun damage caused by too much summer sun exposure. Monthly microdermabrasion/facials are also a great option for general anti-aging purposes.
Additionally, people with acne will benefit from regular treatments in combination with extractions to control breakouts and prevent acne-related scarring. Beware though that the acne needs to be controlled with homecare products before a microdermabrasion should be performed so that bacteria is not spread to other areas of the face during treatment. Your esthetician should be able to tell when it's a good time to add in the Microdermabrasion treatments.
Jil Goorman, Spa Magazine and Gunilla Eisenberg-Facialist
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