Microdermabrasion is an excellent way to refresh your skin and help to reduce the appearance of a variety of skin conditions. Perhaps you’ve heard there’s a best time of year for microdermabrasion treatment, and that’s true.
Microdermabrasion is a tried and true process for removing the top layers of the skin on the face. If you’re struggling with fine lines, an uneven complexion, or other pigmentation problems, a microdermabrasion may be exactly what you need. Microdermabrasion is a fairly gentle process considering its goal: to remove the top layers of your skin using an abrasive device. In some scenarios, microdermabrasion employs a physical device that makes tiny perforations in the skin. In other applications, microdermabrasion uses small crystals that blast the skin to remove the uppermost, superficial layers. This happens on a small scale, so don’t let the word blast scare you. Microdermabrasion at its most intense feels like a sanding sensation. Expect friction and a bit of discomfort, but nothing worse.
So what does removing the top layer of dead skin do to help your complexion? Microdermabrasion is considered a light facial peel. Much like a chemical peel, microdermabrasion damages the skin in order to promote healthier growth in place of what it damaged. Microdermabrasion is the less invasive version of dermabrasion, so it requires no downtime and causes little to no discomfort. With that said, microdermabrasion is not as powerful as other more invasive cosmetic treatments. Microdermabrasion is a great tool for treating fine lines, early signs of aging, melasma, age spots, and other cosmetic problems that aren’t considered severe. Your skin will be pinkish red following a session of microdermabrasion, but this visual side effect typically fades in about 24 hours.
So, there’s a best time of year for microdermabrasion. You might be curious about why that is and what that means for you if you want to try it “out of season.” Let’s provide some context for what it means when we say there’s a best time of year for microdermabrasion. Enough delay; what’s the best season to get microdermabrasion treatment? The answer is winter!
Winter is the best time for microdermabrasion for a few reasons. The main reason is that sun exposure and intensity is at its lowest in the winter months. That’s especially true here in the northeast. While, as we’ve said before, sun damage is a real concern year round, winter is when you’re least likely to be in the sun for extended periods of time, and it’s when the sun is farthest from the earth. That does make a difference when it comes to the intensity of its ultraviolet radiation.
So why does the sun factor into microdermabrasion? Since the treatment causes superficial damage to the topmost layers of your skin, it leaves skin extra vulnerable to the negative effects of sunlight. This sensitivity is far from permanent, but it usually lingers for several days. Following microdermabrasion, what may be a light sunburn could become hyperpigmentation of the face. This condition describes a high concentration of melanocytes in the skin, darkening the skin in the affected area. You’re also more sensitive to sun damage, meaning even if your skin tone isn’t changed, the burn could be far more severe. Another benefit of getting the treatment in winter is that winter already has you cooped up inside. Staying inside and letting your skin recuperate in a controlled environment is the best follow up for microdermabrasion.
Make no mistake, while winter is the best season for microdermabrasion, it can be done any time of the year. The main reason that winter works best is just that it’s convenient, and people recovering have a lot less to worry about. That being said, always wear sunscreen, regardless of the season and whether you’ve undergone microdermabrasion or not. Sunscreen is critical for protecting your skin against short-term and long-term damage.
New England winter is the perfect time of year for microdermabrasion because of how convenient it makes recovery. If you’re interested in treating minor cosmetic issues on your face, call the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates today.
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