Better Skin With Microdermabrasion
The skin is the largest body organ exposed to a lot of elements which pose potential harm to the body. The skin also helps regulate the body’s heat through perspiration.
However, exposure to harmful agents over time affects the skin, producing wrinkles, fine lines, “crow’s feet”, age spots, light acne scars, and undesired pigmentation. Today, microdermabrasion can help maintain good looking skin. Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive method employing a spray of micro-crystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells. The procedure also promotes production of new underlying skin with greater collagen and elastin levels essential for better skin appearance.
Compared to dermabrasion, microdermabrasion is gentler but is not used to treat deeper facial lines or extreme sun damage and scars. Other procedures like face lift or laser skin tightening are also more applicable for sagging skin, deep facial creases or folds. Microdermabrasion does skin exfoliation and unclogs pores from oils/dirt (beneficial acne treatment). The polishing action of the crystals and the removal of skin cells, though, can aggravate acne, so a person with acne must consult a dermatologist prior to proceeding with microdermabrasion. Likewise, people who have other medical conditions like Rosacea, eczema or severe cystic acne should consult a doctor before doing microabrasion. Microdermabrasion is more for healthy people with relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections and who are realistic about expectations on what microdermabrasion can and cannot do.
Previously, treatment was performed in a spa or a dermatologist’s clinic. Today, microdermabrasion machines are now easily available at affordable costs. However, there are numerous types and brands a buyer can choose from that he must check out which works best for him. Microdermabrasion equipment generally can either be diamond-tipped or use other exfoliating crystals. Diamond-tipped systems offer the strongest dermabrasion, but can be more expensive. Over the long term, however, savings accrue since the tiny diamond chips do not require regular replacements. Others (some are simple portable hand-held kits) usually having aluminium oxide crystals are cheaper upfront, but may need tip replacement more often.
Microdermabrasion equipment offered for the home usually have less suction (for safety reasons) compared to more powerful machines for spa or clinical use. Models with power up to 16inHg are good for treating shallow skin imperfections or for complementing existing procedures like chemical peeling. Some, however, prefer to have 25inHg models for professional use, great flexibility and scope of treatment options.
A blogger who had blackheads, said she usually paid $120 for each professional spa treatment until she found a machine that paid for itself after two sessions. She got a machine that helped her have pores that are unclogged and barely visible. Another said she got a machine that made less noise and took up less space. A beauty consultant further suggests that buyers look for choices with bigger online retailers, as these not only offer more options with detailed capability descriptions, but provide greater buyer protection. She also says that potential buyers should carefully look at package considerations like filter sets, warranty terms, or shipping conditions.