|Posted by Pamela Hackeman on January 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM|
Microdermabrasion has been around for several years. It is a process that is similar to dermabrasion, but on a much more gentle, superficial level. There is either the original version of which incorporates aluminum oxide crystals and "blasts" them onto the skin, similar to sand blasting, but, of course, in a more subtle way. This can leave your skin red and sometimes hurting afterward, and some people don't want aluminum applied to their skin. The newer version is "diamond- tip" which is a tip encrusted with crystal or diamond chips on the end of a wand which also has suction, so the surface skin "debris" (dead skin that can clog pores and create a dull appearance) can be vacuumed up simultaneously. The advantage of having microdermabrasion done, especially before a facial treatment, is similar to sweeping and vacuuming a floor before you wash and wax it. It helps to unclog pores, get rid of flaky, dry skin, and leave a cleaner surface so the absorption of whatever treatment is applied is much better. It is good to do on a regular basis, especially if you have textured or scarred skin, as it will help to smooth the surface to a degree, without the downtime of a medical procedure.