Microdermabrasion: What is it and how can it help me?

What You Need to Know


Microdermabrasion is a process of physically exfoliating the skin. In my prior posting I spoke on chemical forms of exfoliating. Now I want to introduce you to a very effective physical exfoliator. This is a great option for those who are not suitable for chemical exfoliants. Microdermabrasion has been documented to help reduce pigmented lesions (dark spots), superficial scarring, brought on by acne or picking, fine lines and wrinkles by triggering collagen production. Who doesn’t need that? It also helps to even out skin tone and smooth out any rough texture. Leaving from a microdermabrasion facial is wonderful. Your skin feels so smooth and soft. Fabulous for a special occasion. A wedding or photo shoot. Beautiful set up for make up. Goes on flawlessly and stays on longer.

Why Choose Microdermabrasion Over A Chemical Peel?

There are a number of factors that go into this decision. As a professional, I typically start my clients out with a microderm before starting anyone on a chemical peel regimen.

Why? First, it gives me a chance to increase the strength of their lipid barrier, if it’s compromised at all. Secondly, it’s an opportunity for me to get to know how well they take care of their skin, at home.

Are they diligent about cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing as recommended? Are they too busy? Do they have a lot of stress in their life, right now? So many factors in life effect our skin.

I’m a tad hyper-vigilant when it comes to my clients. I’ve got them protected at the time of service with a microdermabrasion. It gives them a great and instant outcome and gives me time to build them up. Teenagers are ideal for this kind of treatment. Bless their little hearts, teens are so busy with so much, taking care of their skin tends to get neglected quite often.

By treating them in this way, I’ve got them covered in the service. They can come see me every 2-4 weeks for 4-8 treatments (depending on the need) and reap all the benefits. I love to encourage parents to invest in this vs spend a ton on expensive homecare regimens.

What is Microdermabrasion Exactly?

There are a few methods of microdermabrasion available. But first, let’s talk basics. It is a machine that pushes a particle onto the skin and suctions it away, or scrapes it away as suction is applied. This suction is key to achieving optimal results. The deeper we can exfoliate, the better the results. The suction helps us do just that.

Machines that use particles are known as “Crystal Devices”. They spray aluminum oxide crystals onto the skin and the suction penetrates deep and helps to extract what needs to be exfoliated. The crystals have proven to be safe and non irritating to the skin.

Machines that don’t use crystals are known as “Nonparticle devices”. The diamond encrusted hand piece represents an alternative to particles. This device uses a variety of wands with diamond tips in varying shapes. It works in conjunction with suction pressure to effectively exfoliate the top layer of skin.

Water based solutions work with diamond head pieces in the same way as above and inject water into the skin at the same time as the suction power lifts away dead skin cells. This method is ideal for dry climates. Personally one of my favorites for pumping moisture into skin. Leaving your skin smooth, soft, and plump.

Who Should Look Into Microdermabrasion as a Treatment?

This treatment is ideal for the following:

  • Someone who is looking to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Photodamaged skin (sun worshipers) – Those dark spots or light spots
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rough, course texture or tone to skin
  • Fine or superficial acne scars
  • Dry or flaky skin
  • Acne clients with grade 1-2 (See a professional to know what grade you are)

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