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What is a MicroDermabrasion Facial?
Microdermabrasion is a type of deep exfoliation that helps reduce imperfections such as blemishes and small wrinkles. It can also help reduce mild acne or acne damage. It is a cosmetic procedure in which the topmost layer of skin, called the stratum corneum, is removed by an abrasive treatment.
What are the benefits of microdermabrasion treatments?
A microdermabrasion treatment is good for dealing with mild acne and mild acne scarring, as well as for correcting skin imperfections that are located in the stratum corneum. With the topmost layer gone, the skin is stimulated to produce new cells, giving you a fresh and rejuvenated look. Treatments also clean and unclog pores, thanks to both the exfoliation and the suction that removes dirt and dead skin cells.
An added benefit is that microdermabrasion increases the effectiveness of lotions and creams by removing obstructions from pores. Note that you might need more than one treatment in order to get the full benefits of microdermabrasion treatments, but you should wait at least a couple of weeks between them.
What should I expect from a microdermabrasion session?
A typical microdermabrasion treatment is painless. In fact, you probably won’t feel any discomfort at all, and of course it’s done without the use of anesthetics or painkillers.
Diamond microdermabrasion is considered to be generally safer than crystal microdermabrasion, because there are no small particles that could be inhaled or get into the eyes. After either diamond or regular microdermabrasion you’ll experience mild swelling and skin redness, both of which should subside within a matter of hours. Your skin will also be more sensitive after the treatment – especially to sun exposure – so make sure to apply sunscreen and keep in the shade as much as possible.
What are the downsides of microdermabrasion treatments?
Since Microdermabrasion only treats the top layer of skin, deeper imperfections or scars won’t be affected. For example, stretch marks or more sever acne scars cannot be effectively treated with microdermabrasion, although some people do see some minor benefits from the treatment. For deeper treatments, you might want to consider a chemical peel facial.