Stubborn skin issues such as wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, and stretch marks require a more advanced solution to be dealt with effectively. There are plenty of skincare products that target these issues, but most of them just don’t cut it. To rejuvenate the skin, the outermost layer needs to be gently exfoliated. This treatment is called microdermabrasion.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that uses a handheld wand to gently exfoliate the skin and remove the dead skin cells on the surface. The tip of the tool, which comes in contact with the skin typically has small crystals to buff the skin. Some wand tips have a suction that vacuums impurities and dead skin cells as well.
The procedure can be completed on different parts of the body including the face, neck, hips, buttocks, and more. The time to cover each area varies ,but commonly the procedure takes 30 to 40 minutes.
How it Works?
The process is simple, the skin is first cleansed, then the wand is swiped horizontally and vertically on the skin to gently “sand” the outermost layer. After the exfoliation, the skin is treated, moisturized, and protected by applying sunscreen with the right amount of SPF.
Major Benefits of Microdermabrasion
Improves Skin Texture
Smoothening the skin reducing fine lines and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and is the most common reason why people opt for microdermabrasion.
A small study confirms that the treatment is highly effective in improving skin texture. Participants had to undergo one session per week for six weeks (a total of six sessions). They reported an improvement in their skin texture with fine lines minimized and skin rejuvenated by the third treatment.
Lightens Dark Spots
Clinically known as hyperpigmentation, it’s unsightly to have dark patches or dark spots on your skin. If your skin tone is uneven, Microdermabrasion can significantly improve it, since the process involves removing dead skin cells and stimulating the production of collagen. It also helps improve blood circulation in the treatment area, ensuring that there are enough nutrients and oxygen for rejuvenation.
Treats Large Pores and Blackheads
If you often get blackheads, it is usually recommended to undergo Microdermabrasion treatments at least once every 4 to 8 weeks. The procedure doesn’t necessarily reduce pore size, rather, it cleans out pores and keeps blackheads from building up again. With your pores cleaned out, their size will eventually become smaller naturally.
Treats Acne Scars
Just like how the procedure lightens dark patches and evens out skin tone, it can also help with acne scars. Because the process involves exfoliation, it lightens acne scars with every treatment. Fading doesn’t happen instantly, but as you undergo more treatments, you will see noticeable results with your skin taking on a more even tone.
The treatment cleans skin out, after just one treatment, most patients notice that their skin feels the cleanest it has ever been. That’s because the topmost layer is buffed, revealing smoother, softer skin underneath. As mentioned, microdermabrasion also stimulates collagen production. Collagen strengthens the skin, improves its elasticity, and helps with hydration.
Microdermabrasion is safe for almost all skin types. It uses a slightly abrasive instrument but it doesn’t hurt and it doesn’t require anesthesia. Clinically, the results have been promising but it won’t be the same outcome for everyone. It’s best to consult a medical professional to ensure that it is suited to your needs and your skin condition.