There are many ways you can get healthier skin, but microdermabrasion is a special skin treatment method that gives multiple effects. It is basically an exfoliation method, but done in more professional way in dermatologist’s office, using special exfoliation mixture. Microdermabrasion is great to make skin glowing, smooth, and free of small imperfections such as old scars, fine lines, and sun spots. However, microdermabrasion also has side effects you must understand before you decide to sign up for the treatment.
Microdermabrasion Skin Treatment Procedure and Benefits
Microdermabrasion is considered a less invasive skin treatment process compared to laser or dermabrasion, which involves surgery and laser technology. In this treatment, the dermatologist uses a kind of handheld device that blasts small particles to peel away dead skin cells and epidermis, before vacuuming the peeled layer, cleaning the pores and leaving your face with fresh layer of skin. The particles are generally made of medical-grade crystals, such as corundum crystals, sodium chloride, or sodium bicarbonate.
There are several microdermabrasion benefits that make it worth your money and time to have this procedure being done on your skin, such as:
- Removing acne scars that refuse to fade out.
- Reducing hyperpigmentation marks such as dark spots.
- Removing damages caused by UV exposure, such as dark blemishes and fine lines.
- Rejuvenating your face by encouraging blood circulation.
- Cleansing your skin deeply and making it clearer.
Microdermabrasion is a favorite skin treatment procedure even among people with naturally darker skin, such as African and Asian, since it doesn’t leave significant damage to the skin’s pigments like the more invasive procedures. Typical treatment usually happens between 5 minutes to an hour, depending on the level of skin condition that needs to be treated.
Microdermabrasion Side Effects to Know
Despite being a less invasive skin treatment method compared to laser or dermabrasion, microdermabrasion still presents side effects on your skin. Normally, patients who just undergo microdermabrasion procedure will experience redness or slight irritation, and they should not expose their skin to sun or rash skincare product. Experiencing microdermabrasion also feels like windburn on facial skin, especially since this treatment doesn’t require anesthetic. However, there are more severe microdermabrasion side effects that can happen to people with certain skin conditions.
People who are over 40 or 50 usually have more severe side effects compared to younger people, because their skin is thinner, and therefore experiences more obvious side effects such as redness, bruising, and dark irritation mark. If your skin is sensitive, you also can experience more severe effects after microdermabrasion.
Side effects can also come from the exfoliation crystals. While corundum crystals are generally considered the safest and least risky compared to other crystals, some microdermabrasion therapy places may use different types of crystals. These crystals may cause certain reaction with your skin, especially if you never use this treatment before. The solution is consulting with dermatologist first before deciding to get this skin treatment, and make sure to mention everything related to your current skin condition.