Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic skin treatment that’s incredibly popular, and for good reason. Microdermabrasion is a fast, safe and effective way to treat a myriad of issues, so odds are it can help you!
Microdermabrasion has been practiced by dermatologists for decades, and its popularity shows no signs of diminishing. It’s a simple process, and its name is the first clue for how it works. A small, abrasive device is applied on your skin. The process often uses a cream with a slightly gritty texture to help exfoliate the topmost, superficial layers of your skin. This texture is achieved by using fine crystals or in some cases a diamond tip on the device itself. In most cases, the microdermabrasion tool also provides gentle suction.
Essentially, there are two main components of microdermabrasion: peeling and cleansing. The abrasive material painlessly buffs away dead skin cells and encourages healthier skin to grow in its place. The suction helps to remove dirt and debris from the surface of the skin and within the pores. You don’t need to do much to prepare for microdermabrasion, but your dermatologist can help you determine whether the process is right for you and offer advice on preparation. If you scar easily or are prone to cold sores, microdermabrasion might not be for you. Depending on your needs, a session can last anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. Your skin might look red or flaky following a microdermabrasion session, but thankfully that doesn’t last more than a few days in the most extreme cases. Results are visible not long after a session, as your skin is very quick to repair and grow following an abrasive treatment.
Acne is a very common, often challenging skin condition that impacts millions of people every year. Many people who suffer from mild to moderate acne may see a benefit from occasional microdermabrasion treatments. Microdermabrasion is effective at treating facial and body acne in the short term, drastically reducing the severity and duration of a breakout. The main cause of acne is excess levels of sebum, or oil in the skin. Microdermabrasion cleanses existing oil and inhibits future overproduction by removing the layer of skin most responsible for producing oil. In a much cleaner, less oily environment, new skin is much healthier and less prone to acne.
Microdermabrasion is an excellent treatment for wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging. As we get older, our skin cannot produce the same levels of necessary proteins and other substances that help to maintain its definition. As a result, the skin can’t maintain its moisture and structure as well as it once did. It may sink in and form wrinkles and fine lines. Microdermabrasion can actually kickstart these slowed processes, and allow more collagen and hyaluronic acid to be produced. In turn, skin following a microdermabrasion session is smoother and healthier. Another common change that aging skin undergoes is the appearance of discolored patches of skin or age spots. Microdermabrasion can help to treat these and even out skin tone by eliminating the melanocytes responsible for the darker tones. Your self-esteem might see a significant boost following a microdermabrasion treatment. With less worry focused on your face, you might find dynamic wrinkles and frown lines aren’t as likely to form next time, too!
Microdermabrasion works wonders for a bunch of your skincare needs. If you want to learn more or schedule your first (or fifth!) session, call the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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