Microdermabrasion sounds vaguely painful, but it’s actually one of the gentlest, fastest, non-invasive anti-aging treatments around today.
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical facial resurfacing technique performed in a series of about 6 to 10 treatments. It mechanically exfoliates the outermost layer of dead skin cells (the stratum corneum) and vacuums them away, leaving your skin feeling softer and smoother and looking younger and more vibrant.
The way it works is that when you remove the stratum corneum, the body has a minor freak-out, interpreting it as an injury. It quickly replaces the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones.
10 points you will find interesting
- Microdermabrasion has been shown to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, shallow acne scars, though results may vary from person to person.
- Those who suffer from enlarged pores will be pleased to know microdermabrasion can help minimise pores and is great for unclogging them.
- Microdermabrasion may decrease the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, age spots and other superficial skin damage caused by the sun.
- Removing dead skin through microdermabrasion can aid in the penetrations of skincare products by up to 50% and with a more even surface to work with, it allows makeup to go on more smoothly.
- The procedure may be a little uncomfortable but shouldn’t hurt (although the skin can feel a little tender afterwards).
- Microdermabrasion stimulates blood flow, which increases the nutrition delivered to skin cells. This improves cell production, which improves skin’s elasticity and texture.
- Microdermabrasion temporarily removes moisture so it should always be followed by application of a rich moisturiser.
- It’s not recommended if you have skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, active sunburn, herpes, lupus, open sores, psoriasis, fragile capillaries or widespread acne. You will need to seek medical advice first.
- A series of 6–10 treatments are usually recommended for optimum results, with 2 weeks in between for skin to recover.
- The entire procedure usually takes about 30 minutes for the face, longer if you want your neck and other body parts such as hands and feet done.
Your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight afterwards so stay out of the sun or use a good sunscreen.