What is Microdermabrasion? Surely you jest!

girl getting microdermabrasionMicrodermabrasion may be THE most well rounded skin treatment in your skincare regimen. With all of the new skin treatments sprouting up, some of the ‘tried and true’ get left by the wayside, but microdermabrasion is here to stay, and I’m going to tell you why.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Today's Microdermabrasion Machine's Contain the Crystals

Today’s Microdermabrasion Machine’s Contain the Crystals

Used For: Keeping your skins healthy glow. Consider doing this as a substitution for every other facial you normally get. I’d say at least once a month.

Ideal Candidate: Anyone with a pulse.

Crystal Microdermabrasion is a procedure where a handheld device propels aluminum oxide crystals to flush all the bad stuff out of your pores while removing old skin cells that dull out the inner vibrance of your skin. Kind of like sandblasting but it’s a lot less violent.

When I started doing this, in like 1998, it was a whole ordeal. If you were lucky enough to find a place that did it you would pay $150 – $175 a pop.The treatment was much less sexy then, girls!

You had to wear eye protection from richocheting rogue crystals. Those little buggers would end up your nose and you’d be picking them out of your ears for two weeks afterwards. And I kept going back because my skin was worth it.

And so is yours.

How Microdermabrasion Helps Your Skin

Microdermabrasion treats:

  • Acne Breakouts – When you’re having a nasty one the day before the ball. Go get a microdermabrasion and suck those bad boys out.
  • Smooths Minor Acne Scarring – Since microderm sucks off the top layers of skin it can help level the bumps for a smoother complexion. For severe scarring make it a biweekly event.
  • Evens Skin Tone – If I walk outside to check the mail without a hat on my forehead gets a brown spot the size of Texas (and the shape come to think of it). So I’ll just pop over to Glenn’s (Skin Aesthetica) and he’ll sand blast it off. Well not exactly but by removing the dead skin layers it goes a long way to evening out that skin tone. I always have him do a microdermabrasion before I get an ipl fotofacial treatment because I find that the results are better that way.
  • Reduction of Fine Lines
  • Removes Blackheads and Whiteheads
  • Minimizes the Look of Enlarged Pores – when dead skin cells fill up a pore the edges of the skin around the pore gets stretched making them more noticeable.
  • Stimulating Collagen Production which is what keeps your skin elasticity in check making it ideal in anyones skin regimen.

How it Goes Down

The fancy little units available these days keep all those little crystals contained and you’ll find it a lot less likely to spot an errant one up your nose and certainly nowhere near your ear. The head of the device has two tubes, one that propels the crystals into the skin while the other sucks them up.

I did it a few days ago. Check it out!

Risks of Microdermabrasion

Scratches and Bruises After a Sad Microdermabrasion Treatment From a Novice

Scratches and Bruises After a Sad Microdermabrasion Treatment From a Novice

The only risk to worry about is when using an inexperienced technician who exerts too much pressure and scratches and bruises your skin.

This has only happened to me once but here’s a tip. Microdermabrasion shouldn’t be excruciating. You should feel it but not FEEL it. If it starts to hurt then tell them to settle down.

Cost of Microdermabrasion

This is What a Professional Microdermabrasion Unit Should Look Like

This is What a Professional Microdermabrasion Unit Should Look Like

Today microdermabrasion costs anywhere from about $65 to $95. Warning: There some cute little day spas that buy little home units then charge you as if they have magical fingertips that are going to do a better job then you would at home. Hogwash. If that’s what your place uses then find a new one.

Or, you can always buy your own.

Home Microdermabrasion Units

There are several good Home Microdermabrasion Units. Here are some of the top rated ones.

PMD Personal Microderm

PMD Personal Microderm System for Home Microdermabrasion

PMD Personal Microderm System for Home Microdermabrasion

The PMD Personal Microderm System uses the same aluminum oxide crystals that professional units do, is painless and relatively affordable at $159 at time of this publication. It comes with 5 exfoliating discs, a facial cap, a body cap and a reusable filter.

Measurable Difference Diamonderm 

Measurable Difference Diamonderm Microdermabrasion System

Measurable Differernce Diamonderm

The Measurable Difference Diamonderm Microbrasion System uses diamond tip technology and comes with 3 diamond tips, 3 suction tips, 50 filters, a charger and a travel bag for $199.99 at time of publication.

Rejuvaderm MD Handheld Microdermabrasion Unit

Rejuvaderm MD - At Home Professional Handheld Microdermabrasion Machine

Rejuvaderm MD – At Home Professional Handheld Microdermabrasion Machine

TheRejuvaderm MD At Home Professional Handheld Microdermabrasion Machine uses a medical grade diamond tip and has a 3 in 1 multi-function features for exfoliation with a 4 level suction motor, extraction and infusion to help skin products better absorb in your skin.

This runs $199 at time of publication.

Personally, I prefer a person doing my microdermabrasion with a professional unit – it’s a good way to get out of the house and off the computer!

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