The Ultimate Guide to Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a skin rejuvenation technique to improve the look of the skin by exfoliating the outer layer to reveal brighter, healthier and more younger-looking skin.

It works for all skin types on fine lines, acne scars, blocked pores and sun damage to create a healthy glow and clear skin.

Am I suitable for microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a softer form of dermabrasion, with less down-time afterwards. Unlike dermabrasion, which is not recommended for dark skin as it can lead to scarring, microdermabrasion is suitable for all skin types.

It is a painless skin-treatment that can help with blemishes, sun spots and fine lines, as well as improving skin texture for a youthful, healthy glow.

If you have skin lesions, open sores or other medical conditions, such as a herpes breakout, you may have to wait until these have cleared up or been treated before microdermabrasion can be carried out.

How does microdermabrasion work?

Microdermabrasion works by spraying tiny exfoliating crystals onto the skin that remove away dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of collagen – the protein that is the building block of healthy skin, bones, muscles and other tissues.

It is sometimes combined with a light chemical peel for a greater effect.

What is the procedure for microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is performed by two methods:

• Diamond-Tip Microdermabrasion
A diamond-tipped handpiece is used to gently exfoliate dead skin cells which are then sucked up, like a vacuum. This type of microdermabrasion is safer to use than crystal microdermabrasion around the eyes.

• Crystal Microdermabrasion
Small crystals are blasted onto the surface of the skin, which gentle polishes the dead skin cells off, which are then sucked up.

What is the recovery time for microdermabrasion?

The recovery time for microdermabrasion is fairly minimal, one of the major plus points of the procedure.

Immediately after the treatment you may experience some redness and swelling to the skin. A good moisturizer with high SPF should relieve this and help your skin to return to normal. You should be able to apply make-up and return to your daily routine soon afterwards.