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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Microdermabrasion Matters

It should almost be called microepidermabrasion since the treatment affects the epidermis. Here’s some info on the microdermabrasion process, which some are calling an instant facelift.

Microdermabrasion is the name given to buffing away the surface layer (stratum corneum) of the skin using tiny jagged granules. This layer of skin carries all your blemishes, tiny wrinkle lines and other imperfections. It’s a barrier, yet minute molecules still make it through. The microdermabrasion procedure can take place at home, a salon, or a doctors office. Most people think of microdermabrasion as a treatment for the face, but it is also performed on arms, hands, chest and neck areas.

Home kits are sold with or without tools. I personally prefer the latter. Mine consists of two steps, a cream with tiny rough granules in it, the same material that is used in the professional treatments, and a serum to apply after you’ve washed the granules off your skin, to soothe and moisturize it. I do this twice a week.

What happens during the process is that you’re breaking up the surface layer of skin, and the body responds to this by rushing to replace the lost skin cells with new ones. This improves the surface of the skin, because the new cells that come in look and feel smoother. Imperfections such as damage from the sun, blemishes and fine wrinkles are erased. Any lotions and creams you apply now will make it through to the lower layers of skin and therefore be more effective.

People with certain conditions are not good candidates for a professional microdermabrasion treatment. However, a topical application may still be fine. These conditions include Diabetes, Lupus, Dermatitis, those taking anti-coagulants, open sores, Herpes, moderate acne, weak/fragile capillaries, Psoriasis, Eczema, skin or vascular lesions, and active Rosacea.

If professional microdermabrasion treatment is done incorrectly, the skin can become bruised or discolored, especially in the lip area. Blemishes can occur if the machine’s vacuum tension on the skin is uneven. Anywhere from one to three passes over the skin with the tool are done. Be prepared for mild swelling and redness that can last anywhere from an hour to as much as two days. The cost of such a treatment is around $200 and usually requires repeat visits throughout the year.

Results of Microdermabrasion treatments are noticeable within the first or second application. You’re gonna love what you see!

Katrina Price offers her insights into the world of skin care and cosmetics. More information about microdermabrasion and other topics can be found at www.skincareteacher.com

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