Microdermabrasion has become a very popular skin care term in todays beauty world - but what exactly is it and what does it do? Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical treatment that exfoliates the skin’s top layer removing whiteheads, blackheads, dead cells and debris. Tiny crystals are sprayed onto the acne skin through a hand-held device that suctions the crystals along with the dead skin cells that have been lifted from the skin. New skin growth is encouraged and skin becomes more vibrant, although with acne skin this will take several months to accomplish. Exfoliating acne skin is always recommended, but microdermabrasion is much more intense - although microdermabrasion does not cause any pain at all. It can be a weird sensation for some, and has been described as feeling like a cat licking the face.
The treatment usually lasts about 30 minutes for the entire face and neck to be completed. Although it can seem like a scary procedure for the first time acne patient especially when the goggles are placed over their eyes. (This is only a precaution because of the very tiny particles that could enter the eye if not protected. ) The machine can be very loud and when the suction is turned on, become even louder.
A good esthetician/dermatologist will allow the acne patient to see what the tool feels like on their hand first so that any fears will be diminished once they know there really isn’t any pain involved. They will then start on the lowest level. It is up to the operator as to whether the machine should be increased a little during the first session or wait until the next appointment. Sessions can be scheduled for once a week depending on the severity of the acne and then once a month to maintain the results.
Most people will experience some blushing and redness to the skin after their acne microdermabrasion treatment. Some mild peeling may also occur in the first 24 hours especially in acne skin. An oil-free sun screen and moisturizer should be used after the treatment. Makeup should not be worn for at least 24 hours.
There are now various skin care lines that offer at least one microdermabrasion product. Although still beneficial for acne skin, these products are much less successful in overcoming acne than the Microdermabrasion machine that can be found in many dermatologists offices and day spas.
Michele Bucci is a licensed Esthetician and is a contributing editor to http://www.beginwiththeskin.com. For free skin care tips and tricks, as well as skin care product reviews you can use, stop by and say hello!