Benefits Of Microdermabrasion [Get The Most Out Of Exfoliation]

Microdermabrasion is one of the most modern and effective methods of cosmetology and aesthetic beauty. The technique is beneficial for people of all ages, it fastens the skin cell turnover and makes your skin appear youthful and refreshed. Six to sixteen sessions are needed to completely regenerate the skin of the face, neck, shoulders, and hands. Note that the procedure is non-invasive, there are no risks of permanent side effects and is not time-consuming.

benefits of microdermabrasion

Now, let’s take a look at all the positive aspects microdermabrasion procedures provide for the skin:

It is safe

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin resurfacing technique, targetting the outermost layer of the skin. The process itself is painless, it provokes no damage to the skin, whatever the type of microdermabrasion you have chosen (crystal or diamond). The gentle exfoliation does not wound or provoke painful sensation – it only eliminates the dead skin cells and the contaminants accumulated on the epidermis.

It painless

According to most users, the sensation is pleasant (most compare it to facial massage), there is no pain. The mechanical irritation can cause only slight reddening of the skin and it will disappear within the next few hours.

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that anesthesia is not necessary, as the procedure provokes a slight tingling sensation on the skin. The only negative effect, following a microdermabrasion procedure, is skin redness and increased sensitivity but these side effects typically require a couple of hours until they completely disappear.

As expected, the post-procedure care is very important – the skin should be deeply moisturized and protected from the sun within the next few days.

It is fast

Depending on the microdermabrasion procedure you are undergoing (crystal or diamond), a single session will take around 30-60 minutes. If you only want to treat the facial area, it will take around 20-30 minutes.

The procedure can be performed at a dermatologist’s office, at a beauty studio or at home. Most microdermabrasion machines for home use are less time-consuming plus the added benefit that you can pamper your skin, according to your own convenience.

Convenient for all skin types

Microdermabrasion is a technique, suitable for all skin types:

  • Oily skin – by removing the excess sebum, clogging your skin pores, you can successfully reduce the number of blackheads, whiteheads, and acne. Clogged pores cannot function properly, they are prone to irritations are the reason for the overall dullness of your skin’s complexion. Microdermabrasion will eliminate the sebum, accumulated on the skin surface, letting your pores breathe and regenerate faster. An additional benefit is the shrinking of the enlarged ones. This exfoliating process will also reduce minor scarring, caused by acne.
  • Normal skin – the normal skin type also needs proper exfoliation. Microdermabrasion will remove the dead skin cells, accumulated dirt, makeup residue and other contaminants that may intrude the regeneration process of the skin cells.
  • Dry skin – as this skin type provokes the skin cells to die at a faster rate than normal, users can benefit from microdermabrasion procedures, as the technique will remove the excess amount of dead skin, flakes, and crusts. The process will leave the skin radiant and refreshed, causing no irritation or discomfort
  • Sensitive skin – as microdermabrasion is a form of gentle skin exfoliation, it is not likely to cause severe irritations. However, the side effects (redness and increased sensitivity) may last longer (2-3 days).

Microdermabrasion can be performed right before special occasions, in case you want to have an evenly toned and refreshed skin.

Boosts circulation

Boosting the circulation in your skin cells is a must in case you want a radiant, younger-looking and rejuvenated appearance. Blood and lymphatic circulation are extremely important as this is the way your skin gets the nutrients and oxygen needed, while it pushes out the toxins and waste products, responsible for the aging process. Note that usually skin discolorations are caused by the lack of oxygen in the cells.

Increasing the blood flow stimulates the proper functioning of the capillaries, improves the overall complexion, helps your skin regenerate and slows down the natural aging course.

Multipurpose solution

People with various skin problems can benefit from a microdermabrasion procedure. Even a single session will:

  • Reduce the appearance of mild to moderate acne

Those, suffering mild to moderate acne can benefit from the procedure, as it will clean and shrink the facial pores, reducing the chances of potential infection. Additionally, the skincare products applied after the procedure will enhance their efficacy, after your skin is thoroughly clean and able to absorb the ingredients needed.

They will penetrate deeply into the skin, as there will be no dead cells or contaminants, which often impede the process. By promoting blood circulation, the healing process speeds up, leaving the skin nourished and refreshed.

Additionally, people can benefit from the vacuum feature provided. Comedones and blackheads (which are caused by clogged pores) can be easily and effectively extracted thanks to the suction option, which is the final step of the microdermabrasion procedure.

  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles can be significantly reduced thanks to microdermabrasion sessions. This is due to the fact that such a gentle, yet deep exfoliation makes both fine lines and deep wrinkles less visible, while also stimulates the renewal of the cells. Collagen production is also stimulated and more collagen fibers mean supple skin.

As expected, deeper wrinkles cannot be completely eliminated, as they are caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light, breaking down your skin’s connective tissue. The procedure will only improve their appearance, but will not eliminate deep wrinkles.

Fine lines, the first visible signs of aging, are easier to eliminate. Microdermabrasion reduces their sizes and depth by exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin and the proper aftercare (moisturizing and protecting) may completely eliminate them

  • Improve the texture and color of scarring

Deep scarring will not magically disappear after microdermabrasion procedures, especially if you have years-old scars. The procedure will make the imperfections less visible and will stimulate the regrowth of new, healthier cells. Discolorations, following scars, will also become less visible.

Depending on the type of your scar, you may need to perform additional procedures in order to reduce the damage, caused to the skin. There are multiple options available (in the form of creams, gels, and ointments) that will additionally help improve the condition of the scar. These products, when applied directly after a microdermabrasion procedure, will provide a better effect, as the healing ingredients will be better absorbed and penetrate deeper into the dermal layer.

  • Even out skin complexion

Microdermabrasion procedure allows deep penetration into the skin and removing old and stubborn pigment spots, as well as those acquired due to improper exposure to the sun.

Microdermabrasion is suitable for dark-skinned people suffering from hyperpigmentation problems, women in their menopause, aging skin in both men and women (age spots on the face, neckline, and upper palms) and people with hyperpigmentation as a result of an inflammatory process (as a result of acne, hair removal, burns, scarring, skin problems, etc.). The procedure is also suitable for smokers or for people with tired-looking (loose) skin

Which skin issues benefit from microdermabrasion?

  • Acne and blackheads
  • Acne scars, keloids, and hypertrophic scars
  • Uneven Pigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Open pores
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Monika Hristova

Monika is the Editor-in-Chief at SkinPractice. She is a skin care addict and researcher, who feels strongly about helping people with different cosmetology conditions from alopecia to warts.

You can read her recommendations and advice both here at SkinPractice or at Quora where she answers skincare-related questions frequently and is the most viewed author in the Skincare category with more than 3 million views or follow her on LinkedIn.

She is also a certified skin care specialist with certification from the cosmetic College in Sofia.

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