If you are considering a treatment for your skin with microdermabrasion then it is important that you do research and source information prior to getting a treatment. These days it is men and women that are getting microdermabrasion done to their skin and are reaping the amazing benefits of a treatment. As of 2005, microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure performed in the United States and was in the top 5. Microdermabrasion originated in Europe in the mid 1980's. It was first introduced into the United States in 1997.
It is a procedure that is performed with a microdermabrasion machine. You can get the procedure done by a dermatologist or at a med spa although at-home machine sales have exploded in recent years. There are manual microdermabrasion kits on the market but this method is inferior to the machines.
The microdermabrasion procedure literally sand blasts the skin. Over time, the pores of your skin become clogged with oil and dirt which prevents your skin from renewing itself. Microdermabrasion removes the outer layer of the skin or dermis, with little trauma and high effectiveness. The dermis holds all of the pore-clogging the oil and dirt. During the procedure, natural, mineral crystals are brushed onto the skin exfoliating it by removing the dead skin cell tissue and the oil and dirt goes with it. Unlike a chemical peel, the treatment allows more control over the exfoliation process by customizing specific areas and timeframes of treatment. Retinoid drugs and other exfoliation therapies can also be used in conjunction with microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is an extremely beneficial treatment for acne sufferers because it helps keep outbreaks to a minimum. It enhances medicated acne treatment products by helping them penetrate the skin making them more effective. For this reason, teenagers benefit from it and also those adults over 30 who have acne as well. Sun damaged skin also benefits from the treatment by removing the damaged cells in the outer layer of the skin allowing new, fresh, healthy skin to grow. Crow's feet around the eyes and forehead creases are noticeable signs of aging that affect all skin types. Microdermabrasion improves the tone of skin and helps these conditions of aging gradually fade away.
Microdermabrasion is very beneficial for treating the following skin conditions:
- Aging Skin
- Fine lines
- Brown spots / pigmentation
- Acne Skin
- Acne scars
- Congested skin
- Enlarged pores
- Blemished Skin
- Diminished Skin
- Dull Skin
- Thickened skin
- Brown spots / pigmentation
Side Effects of microdermabrasion
Although microdermabrasion is an extremely popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment, it is not completely free from side effects. As mentioned, the microdermabrasion treatment sandblasts the skin which will slightly traumatize it and create a reaction. Typically, some redness, tightness and very light bruising will occur along with possible sensitivity. This is normal and will only last several hours. Other side effects can be tiny skin abrasions and small bleeding spots. It is extremely important to note that if you are performing the procedure using an at-home machine, follow the operation instructions very carefully. Usually these machines include a DVD the shows exactly how to perform the procedure.
A rare side effect of microdermabrasion is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH. It usually occurs after a more aggressive microdermabrasion treatment. The skin has an inflammatory reaction to the treatment that show up as spots or patches of discoloration. This condition can be treated with products such as tretinoin cream, corticosteroids and glycolic acid.
The effects of microdermabrasion depend on the type of skin you have. Before having any type of cosmetic treatment, you should first check with your doctor. Dermatologists can determine skin type by using the Fitzpatrick Classification Scale. Skin type score can be determined by answering questions about genetic disposition, reaction to sun exposure and tanning habits. The skin type score ranges from Type 1 to Type 6. Type one classifies skin as highly sensitive, always burns in the sun and never tans. Type 6 classifies skin as sun insensitive, never burns and deeply pigmented. Since microdermabrasion can have an effect on the skin's color balance after the treatment, the darker your skin, the more prone you are to minor pigment issues like light patches or blotches. Type 1 skin is less prone to color balance issues.
A common side effect of microdermabrasion is getting light or dark patches on the skin. This is due to the effect on the skin's color balance after the treatment. The darker your skin (Type 4 to Type 6), the more prone you are to minor pigment issues like light patches or blotches. The risk is small however, because microdermabrasion is a very gentle procedure.
In closing, the anti-aging benefits of microdermabrasion far outweigh the side effects. Making this wonderful, safe and effective treatment part of your skin care regimen is good, common sense because this type of treatment is here to stay.