What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a method of exfoliation
, removing dead skin from the outermost layers of the complexion. With microdermabrasion, very fine particles of gemstones or crystals are massaged against the skin. This creates friction that loosens dry, dead cells, so that they fall off or can be rinsed or wiped away.
Because the particles used for microdermabrasion are so fine, they are capable of removing more dead skin than the granules and beads found in other types of mechanical exfoliators. At the same time, the small particle size reduces the risk of irritation. The skin care treatment began as a clinical intervention performed in spas and dermatologists' offices, but now products are available that allow you to reap the benefits of microdermabrasion at home.
The Benefits of Micro Exfoliation
The exfoliating actions of microdermabrasion products can benefit people with many different types of skin imperfections. Resurfacing the complexion with microdermabrasion makes fine lines and wrinkles less visible and can reduce rough spots.
Scars, age spots, acne marks and uneven skin tone can all be addressed with microdermabrasion. In addition, microdermabrasion can ease skin congestion to reduce enlarged pores, blackheads and whiteheads.
By lifting away dead skin, microdermabrasion even increases the absorption of other products used in a daily skin care regimen, so you can get better results from every treatment and moisturizer that you apply after exfoliating. You'll also notice that your complexion feels softer and smoother and has a more noticeable glow after using a microdermabrasion product.
Microdermabrasion Cleansers and Treatments
Some microdermabrasion products have fine particles suspended in the formula. Many of these topical options are cleansing scrubs that purify the complexion while exfoliating. When using one of these products, you wash away the microdermabrasion product after use. You can also find microdermabrasion treatments that you massage into the skin after cleansing. These products may need to be rinsed or wiped off, or they may be left in place after application.
Devices for At-Home Treatments
If you want to recreate the effects of a clinical microdermabrasion treatment as much as possible, a microdermabrasion tool may be the best solution for your needs. Tools are battery-operated devices with specially designed microdermabrasion heads that either spin or move back and forth over the skin. The motions of the heads make microdermabrasion tools capable of removing more dead skin than topical products. Some tools also double as power cleansers that remove dirt and makeup residue while they exfoliate.
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