For women who haven’t experienced microdermabrasion, it’s easy to think of it as an invasive procedure thanks to the word ‘abrasion’ in the name. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many benefits of microdermabrasion.
What exactly does a microdermabrasion facial do?
It’s quite fascinating the way microdermabrasion works. The effect is created by a wand tipped with tiny diamonds. These diamonds pull up impurities like dead skin and oils that get gently sucked up into the vacuum. The process of drawing out impurities and removing dead skin cells exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin.
But let’s look at the skin as a whole to understand how microdermabrasion benefits.
Your skin and microdermabrasion
Take a trip back to high school, and you might remember learning about the epidermis and the dermis in science. The epidermis is the skin layer closest to the surface and is made up of a layer of dead skin cells which sit on top of a layer of growing skin cells. The uppermost layer of the epidermis is called the stratum corneum, and this acts as a barrier between the body’s exterior and the lower skin layers; it is what stops the tiniest molecules from getting through such as UV, bacteria and viruses. The stratum corneum is where you’ll find things like wrinkles and other skin imperfections.
So, imagine putting your moisturising cream on after a shower; some of this moisture will pass through your stratum corneum, but only some. Microdermabrasion happens at the stratum corneum level, pulling out impurities, and doesn’t go to the deeper layers because that would hurt and cause damage!
How often should you have microdermabrasion?
How often you have microdermabrasion depends on the result you’re after. If you’re experiencing dull skin, you will likely notice a noticeable glow after one course due to its deep cleansing powers. However, if you’re looking to receive microdermabrasion for scars, or treat blemishes, results may only be visible after several sessions as frequently as weekly and then monthly.
How long do the effects last?
The lasting effects of microdermabrasion is largely determined by your skincare routine. If you have a substantial skincare routine in place, there’s a higher chance of the effects lasting longer. If your skincare routine is a little hit and miss or you’re not using the right product for your skin, the results can be short-lived. Diet and exercise are also important.
What are some microdermabrasion benefits?
Have you ever had those times where you touch your face, and it feels rough? No matter how much you exfoliate and moisturise, the texture of your skin doesn’t change, and pores remain blocked. Microdermabrasion is perfect for this; it brings back soft and supple skin and gives you your glow back.
It helps with anti-ageing
Microdermabrasion on the face for anti-ageing is super popular. It can help to reduce the lines and wrinkles we get thanks to stress, kids, work, sun damage and of course, ageing.
It helps reduce acne
The way that microdermabrasion works means it’s perfect for treating breakouts. The microdermabrasion not only removes the dead skins that can block pores, but it also removes excess sebum from the pores.
It treats acne scars
Microdermabrasion on acne scars, particularly depressed acne scars that lie flat against the epidermis, helps to improve the skin’s appearance.
What women love about microdermabrasion
“I did six sessions…I think it really helped with my smaller acne scars and the overall texture of my skin. It possibly helped to lighten up some of the redness in the scarring as well.”
“I have mild scarring on my cheeks and have been doing microderm. It makes my skin feel great, as well as warding off future pimples because it draws all the oil out of my skin. It helps with subsiding redness and leaves you with smooth, lovely skin.”
When weighing up the benefits of microdermabrasion, there seems to be one overarching result from this non-surgical procedure, and that is that it leaves skin feeling lovely and soft. Reducing the appearance of wrinkles, acne and acne scars is another added benefit, who doesn’t want to reduce the signs of ageing?
This article was written in partnership with Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Lanzer.
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