Saturday, May 17, 2014

Microdermabrasion: All you need to know and more.

Microdermabrasion is a light cosmetic procedure that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation to gently remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. It is a non-invasive procedure and may be performed in-office by a trained skin care professional. It may also be performed at home using a variety of products which are designed to mechanically exfoliate the skin.

Many salon machines and home-use machines use adjustable suction to improve the efficacy of the abrasion tool. Recently, cosmetic scrub products that contain fine grit made from the pits of various fruits and from other materials are using the term microdermabrasion in their marketing.

Microdermabrasion is a fairly simple, easy, painless, non-invasive, skin rejuvenation procedure using a combination of a fine abrasive tip or crystals and vacuum suction applied to the skin. Typically there are no needles or anesthetics required for microdermabrasion. The vacuum pressure and speed are adjusted depending on the sensitivity and tolerance of the skin.

Typical microdermabrasion sessions can last anywhere from 5–60 minutes. Minimal to no recovery time is required after microdermabrasion and most people immediately return to daily activity after a session. Makeup and non-irritating creams can usually be applied within a few hours or right after microdermabrasion.

Since there is an often immediate increased minor skin sensitivity after microdermabrasion, irritating products like glycolic acids, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Retinoid products or fragranced creams and lotions are typically avoided right after the procedure.

Traditionally, crystal microdermabrasion system contains a pump, a connecting tube, a hand piece, and a vacuum source. While the pump creates a high-pressure stream of inert crystals, such as aluminum oxide, magnesium oxide, sodium chloride, and sodium bicarbonate, to abrade the skin, the vacuum removes the crystals and exfoliated skin cells.

Generally, the slower the movement of the microdermabrasion hand-piece against the skin and the greater the numbers of passes over the skin, the deeper the skin treatment.
Since human skin typically regenerates at approximately 30 day intervals, skin improvement with microdermabrasion is temporary and needs to be repeated at average intervals of two - four weeks for continued improvement. Multiple treatments in combination with sunscreen, sun avoidance, and other skin care creams yield best results.

Who should consider Microdermabrasion?
People with acne and acne scars, sunspots, fine wrinkles and rough facial skin.
I have talked about my tempremental facial skin and acne issues on here. I recently got microdermasion done at LaserDerm Clinics, Lagos . During the procedure, you feel just very light stings when the machine goes over acne. It is not painful at all. After the first procedure, you will notice a smoother face though you will need more done to really see great results.

**If you have serious acne and cosmetic products are not working, I strongly advise you go the medical route.

Stay beautiful and have a lovely weekend!

Lily Johnson

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  1. Exfoliating regularly can get rid of a lot of skin problems. Thanks for the tips!

  2. I probably should learn how to exfoliate. I have a scrub but i don't think it's working because i can actually feel my skin all rough and peeling in patches

    1. You can get a stronger scrub or consider microdermabrasion especially if you are acne prone.

  3. And how is the treatment coming along? I hope it is yielding the best results from those sessions. Perhaps you could show us the outcome of all those beauty efforts one of these days. Stay beautiful and have a lovely day!

    Byron Brewer @ Knight and Sanders - Knight


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