Skin Care Treatment: What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical non-invasive procedure that eliminates the topmost layer of dead skin cells of the epidermis by a method of mechanical medium for exfoliation. It was in 1985 when the concept of microdermabrasion was established and the first machine unit was developed. During this time, the medium for exfoliation were small inert aluminium oxide crystals. It was in 1996 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the manufacturing and selling of the microdermabrasion machines. Throughout the progressive years of this treatment, the mediums for exfoliation also evolved – from aluminum oxide crystals to particle-free diamond tips to the most current preferred particle-free bristle tips.

To give you a clearer explanation on how microdermabrasion works, let us review the anatomy of the skin. The outermost layer of the skin is called the epidermis. In the topmost layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum can be found. This layer of the skin is susceptible to accumulation of dead skin cells, sun-damaged skin, appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, blemishes, fine lines, photo-damage, wrinkles, and acne scars. Lotions and other aesthetic solutions and creams pass through this layer but due to the accumulation of the dead skin cells, all nutrients cannot reach the deeper layers of the epidermis up to the dermis. And so, through the particle-free bristle tips of a microdermabrasion machine, this unwanted layer of the skin will be removed and the underlying new layer of the skin will be smoothed out. The simplest way to give a picture of what is expected to be done is by comparing it with the smoothing of a piece of wood using sand paper.

The exfoliation element of microdermabrasion will make the skin look young and fair, and it will also increase by 50% the penetration of dermatologically-tested skin care products and vitamins.

There are a few reminders you have to consider in undergoing microdermabrasion. First, make sure that you consult a dermatologist beforehand so that you can be guided as to whether your skin is suited for the procedure. If you have active oral herpes, active rosacea, fragile capilliaries, vascular lesions, widespread acne, warts, open sores, eczema, psoriasis, lupus, and diabetes mellitus, you are unsuited for microdermabrasion. Second, since after the treatment you will have a newer layer of skin, do not expose that area to direct sunlight. Third, microdermabrasion will temporarily eradicate the moisture of the skin, make sure to regularly apply a moisturizing cream.

Your skin deserves the best skin care treatment, so the next time you want to treat your skin, try microdermabrasion. You will definitely get what you are willing to pay for.