Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure that treats scarring and rejuvenates skin through exfoliation. The ultimate goal is to create cleaner, smoother, softer skin, through two mechanisms: firstly, the removal of dead skin cells; secondly, the encouragement of the healthy development of cells in the skin's deeper layer.
Essentially, microdermabrasion is a form of mini-massage. To achieve this, a therapist or nurse passes a special, hand-held wand over your skin. This wand features a diamond tip which exfoliates the skin. However, unlike a standard exfoliating glove or cream, it's able to remove even the smallest dead skin cells. At the same time, the wand gets rid of dry skin and unclogs pores. Dry, dead cells and clogged pores cause your skin to appear dull and unhealthy, so removing them does wonders.
Most microdermabrasion sessions take around twenty to thirty minutes. Usually, the wand is passed over the skin two or three times. As a rule of thumb, the thicker your skin or the more severe the skin problem, the longer the session. In addition, your treating nurse of therapist will adjust the device to suit your skin type – be it dry, oily, combination or damaged in any way.
Who Could Benefit from Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion can help with a variety of skin conditions – from medical issues, such as acne, to cosmetic concerns, such as scarring. Just some of the reasons why people seek microdermabrasion are acne, clogging, wrinkles, uneven texture or pigmentation, scars, dryness and flakiness.
That said, microdermabrasion isn't just about treating problems. It can also encourage your skin to improve, by promoting the activity of skin-friendly vitamins and proteins, such as collagen and Vitamin C. The process tends to accelerate their journey into the skin's deeper layers.