Personal microderm is yet another weapon in the large arsenal to promote skincare and beauty. Unlike regular dermabrasion, microdermabrasion is a gentle procedure that the client can do themselves, though a more formal type of microdermabrasion is usually done in a dermatologist’s office or even at a spa.
Microdermabrasion doesn’t carry the risks that regular dermabrasion does. There’s no bleeding and no risk of infection, nor is there a recovery time.
It does this by removing the very top layer of dead skin cells, called the stratum corneum. The body perceives this removal, no matter how gentle, as an injury and works to replace the stratum corneum with more cells. At the same time the body is stimulated to produce more collagen, a substance that supports the layers of the skin and makes it taut and youthful.
FORMAL VERSUS PERSONAL MICRODERM
During a formal microdermabrasion procedure, the dermatologist or the surgeon uses an instrument that blasts the skin with a stream of very fine crystals to get rid of the upper layer of the skin.
The instrument also has a vacuum device that takes away both the dead skin cells and the used crystals, which can be baking soda. aluminum chloride, or other substances. Unlike with dermabrasion, the patient won’t even need a topical anesthetic, though they might feel some tightening or a sense that their skin’s being scratched.
The procedure doesn’t take more than a few minutes, depending on how many areas the doctor has to treat. The patient is sent home right after the treatment, often with a lotion that will hydrate their skin. They’re also told to stay out of the sun for a few days, or if they must go out to use a strong sunscreen, since the protection given against sun damage by the stratum corneum will be gone for a while.
In another type of microdermabrasion, the doctor uses a wand tipped with industrial diamond to scrape away the stratum corneum.
One of negative side of microdermabrasion done by professionals is that it takes multiple sessions to notice real improvements, and each session costs anywhere from $100 – $250.
MICRODERM AT HOME
A person can do their own form of personal microderm, or exfoliation, at home. Personal microdermabrasion comes in serums or creams that contain the same tiny crystals as those used by a dermatologist or with minuscule beads. The only difference is that the client doesn’t use the dermatologist’s tools but uses their fingers or a scrub pad to help buff away the top layer of skin.
They should just be careful not to be too aggressive with their skin. They should also avoid microdermabrasion or even personal microderm during the summer, when the sun is more likely to damage their skin.