Acne is the most common skin condition in the US today; with over 50 million of Americans living with it. While some experienced acne vulgaris at some point in their lives, there are also some who are suffering from severe acne; this can lead to permanent skin scarring. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, 15% of women are affected with acne, and the number is increasing each year. If you are suffering from acne, then you may have heard of the term microdermabrasion.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is an immensely popular skincare treatment today that is non-invasive. It works by gently exfoliating the topmost layer of the skin; removing away the dead skin cells. After the removal of the top layer of the skin, new and healthy skin cells will resurface.
Apart from exfoliation, microdermabrasion can also address other skin issues such as fine lines, blemishes, melasma, acne scars, sun damage and others. It also promotes collagen growth; thus, giving you a younger-looking appearance.
Who will benefit from Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion works on all types of skin. It is particularly appealing to individuals experiencing the following skin issues:
- Dull and dry complexion
- Uneven skin tone
- Acne scars
- Sun damage
- Fine lines
- Clogged pores
How does Microdermabrasion work?
Microdermabrasion is performed by a licensed skin care professional in a clinic or a medical spa. The exfoliation procedure can take an average of 45 minutes depending on the method used.
2 ways of performing microdermabrasion:
- Crystal microdermabrasion
Crystal microdermabrasion, also known as microcrystal dermabrasion, is a popular method of microdermabrasion wherein a handpiece medium is used to exfoliate the skin. The handpiece emits crystals such as aluminum oxide and sodium bicarbonate that will serve as a gentle abrasion and suction, removing the dead skin cells.
- Diamond-Tip microdermabrasion
Diamond-Tip microdermabrasion works by exfoliating the dead skin cells away using a diamond-tip handpiece. It is the best method to use when exfoliating sensitive areas such as the skin near the eyes. Just like the crystal microdermabrasion, this method will suction off the dead skin during the secondary process.
As mentioned above, microdermabrasion is non-invasive, so the side effects of the treatment are minimal. You may experience minor swelling and redness on the treated areas, but the redness will typically go away on its own after a few hours. You may also appear like suffering from a minor sunburn for a couple of days, that is why you will need to use sunscreen after especially when going out in the sun.