Heard of microdermabrasion? Wondering if it might be right for reversing something skin related or if it's right for your skin type? oh, and just what the heck is it? What is microdermabrasion? How does it work? I have you sorted today lovely... all you need to know to get you started on microdermabrasion... http://wp.me/p6LuQS-x3

WHAT IS MICRODERMABRASION?

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Have you heard of microdermabrasion? Wondering what it is, what it’s good for and why the heck you’d willingly ‘abrase’ your skin? *Recalls 6 year old self accidently ‘abrasing’ knee in the play ground* Today I thought we would get down to the nitty-gritty [cough] of ‘what is microdermabrasion?’ and what is it good for?…

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WHAT IS MICRODERMABRASION?

Microdermabrasion is like its own little threesome of words. Micro-Derm-abrasion. Small scale-skin-rubbing, you can see why they didn’t call it that ‘eh. It doesn’t sound half as fancy. Microdermabrasion sits under the skincare family of ‘exfoliation’, it’s purpose in life is to get your skin cells ‘turning-over’ faster. Getting rid of the old ones and pushing up some new skin to your front of stage.

Why would you wanna do that?

Sometimes skin needs a kick-up-the-butt. Technically put *wink wink*. As we get older our skin cycles slow down. Our skin is always making new skin. We shed skin all the time, kinda like a snake, but without having to shed a whole skin layer ALL at one time – could you imagine?

Skin gets made in a deeper layer of skin we can’t see, those new skin cells then take averagely (depending on your age etc.) 28 days to reach the layers of skin you can see. A good rate of ‘skin cell turnover’ means your skin looks youthful, has an even skin tone, is smooth and hydrated. When things get a bit sluggish, skin looks the opposite, dry/dehydrated, un-even, patchy and dull looking. These are the reasons why you might consider microdermabrasion.

Heard of microdermabrasion? Wondering if it might be right for reversing something skin related or if it's right for your skin type? oh, and just what the heck is it? What is microdermabrasion? How does it work? I have you sorted today lovely... all you need to know to get you started on microdermabrasion... http://wp.me/p6LuQS-x3

When you get some kind of trauma in your skin, your own ‘ambulance’ of skin savers with their special healing powers come to the rescue. They speed up the stuff your skin does normally to get that skin trauma heeling quickly. Microdermabrasion causes a ‘mini’ trauma that is just enough to trigger skin healing and take advantage of all the goodness that comes with your skin ambulance being called out. Microdermabrasion uses your skins natural healing powers, it chooses when they get called out *wink wink*.

WHAT DOES MICRODERMABRASION ACTUALLY DO?

There are 2 main types of microdermabrasion, the kind you’d go to a salon for and the kind you can do at home. They are similar, but there are key differences which make the salon treatment more effective, but then again that could potentially be balanced out by using an at home method more frequently…

The first kind of microdermabrasion, the salon kind is what most people will think of as the LBD of the microdermabrasion world. A salon microdermabrasion machine will spray out a fine mist of exfoliating ‘grains’ onto your skin… think of it like a fine spray of sand. That mist can be anything from aluminum oxide crystals to quartz silica crystals, they get selected depending on what ‘strength’ of microdermabrasion is best for your skin. Then the machine also doubles as a ‘vacuum’. Yup that household machine. The same tool that squirts out the fine sand like mist, also sucks it up again. The ‘sucking’ action also helps to boost your skin circulation, aka get your blood/life juices flowing which gets your skin behaving more healthily at a deeper level too.

Heard of microdermabrasion? Wondering if it might be right for reversing something skin related or if it's right for your skin type? oh, and just what the heck is it? What is microdermabrasion? How does it work? I have you sorted today lovely... all you need to know to get you started on microdermabrasion... http://wp.me/p6LuQS-x3

The second kind of microdermabrasion, the ‘at home’ kind is a bit different. A typical at home system will be more like a powered ‘buffing’ device. Ever used one of those ‘sand-paper’ like foot buffers? It’s pretty much the same but with a much finer ‘buffing’ pad that you replace as needed.

WHAT IS MICRODERMABRASION GREAT FOR?

Microdermabrasion stimulates the skin and gets rid of ‘past their best’ skin cells so new ones can be ‘born’ more quickly. All the things microdermabrasion is great for are because of these 2 things.

  • Aging skin types wanting to get rid of and prevent superficial wrinkles
  • Dull looking skin with an un-even skin texture that just looks dry and dehydrated
  • Acne scaring (discolouration and ‘crater’ type scars)
  • Hyperpigmentation and ‘Melasma’
  • Keratosis Pilaris

While for the first 2 you may see some immediate improvements, reducing skin changes like acne scaring will take a series of treatments over a period of time.

MORE: ‘Why Quick Fix Skincare Isn’t a Good Thing’

IS MICRODERMABRASION SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE?

Microdermabrasion is like the ‘Daddy’ of the exfoliation world. Exfoliation absolutely benefits all skin types, you just have to choose the right kind of exfoliation for your special skin type. From mild oatmeal scrubs, to charcoal scrubs, to enzyme peeling masks to Salicylic acid masks to exfoliating facial brushes – phew, there are a lot to choose from.

Microdermabrasion causes quite a bit of ‘impact’ to your skin, it sits on the top end of the strength spectrum so if you have any kind of sensitivity to your skin type, think twice before choosing a microdermabrasion treatment. Be cautious if you fit into these skin types and conditions…

  • Sensitive and Hypersensitive skin
  • Currently suffering from acne with legions/or any type of skin legions
  • Rosacea
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Fragile capillaries/vascular legions

MORE: Still wanting to feast your eyes on microdermabrasion info? Get your eyes on this awesome post by Nicki over at FutureDerm with a great round up of at home vs. treatment grade exfoliation products including microdermabrasion, oh and check out Bes Skincare for a ton of reviews on at home microdermabrasion machines if you happen to be thinking of investing!


Have you tried salon or at home microdermabrasion?