Is Microdermabrasion Good For Your Face?

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Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive beauty procedure in which the skin is physically exfoliated to improve skin elasticity, firmness, and a brighter complexion. In fact, this is less abrasive than other types of physical exfoliation and serves as a gentle skin resurfacing technique that can improve skin texture and appearance. Also, it can address many conditions, including acne scars, stretch marks, large pores, pigment irregularities, fine lines, and wrinkles.

How Does Microdermabrasion Work?

This is an in-office treatment that usually takes about an hour. Most importantly, Microdermabrasion is performed by a licensed skin care professional, who may or may not be under the supervision of a healthcare provider. Also, a numbing agent may not be necessary for Microdermabrasion.

Correspondingly, the microdermabrasion procedure works by causing a small amount of trauma to the skin, allowing it to repair itself in a more organized fashion. This can create younger, healthier-looking skin. Typically, it is performed in six procedures scheduled seven to 10 days apart.

After the first treatment, noticeable changes are usually visible. As the treatments continue, the skin will often become less oily, pores will become less pronounced, and thick areas of skin will look and feel thinner. In addition, fine lines and wrinkles can even appear smoother.

What Are The Different Devices Of Microdermabrasion?

The Food and Drug Administration first approved Microdermabrasion in 1996. Since then, hundreds of microdermabrasion devices have been produced. There are a few different ways to do the procedure, based on the specific device used:

Diamond-tip handpiece

A diamond-tip handpiece is designed to exfoliate dead cells in the skin gently. At the same time, it will suction them off immediately. 

The depth of the abrasion may be affected by the pressure applied on the handpiece and how long the suction is allowed to remain on the skin. This microdermabrasion applicator is generally used in more sensitive facial areas, like close to the eyes.

Crystal microdermabrasion

Crystal microdermabrasion uses a crystal-emitting handpiece to gently spray on fine crystals to rub away the outer layers of the skin. Like the diamond-tip handpiece, dead skin cells are suctioned off right away. The different types of crystals that may be used are aluminum oxide and sodium bicarbonate.


Hydradermabrasion is a newer method. It involves combining simultaneous crystal-free exfoliation and infusion of products into the skin. The process stimulates collagen production and maximizes blood flow into the skin.

What Are The Benefits Of Microdermabrasion?

This treatment is the perfect way to get glowing, healthy skin. Here are some key benefits of this Microdermabrasion:

A Brighter Complexion

The treatment is the perfect way to brighten up the skin if it looks dull. Since the skin’s outer layer, called the epidermis, sheds skin cells relatively fast, most of the collected dust comprises shed skin cells. That said, those dead skin cells need the help of exfoliation.

Without some help, they remain where they are, covering up the healthy skin beneath and leading to a dull complexion. Once removed, healthy skin becomes visible, and the complexion immediately appears brighter. Indeed, this treatment is the perfect way to brighten up your complexion and get a healthy glow.

No Down Time

Many facial treatments can leave a feeling of soreness or even swollen and redness, but not this one. This treatment has no recovery period. Immediately after the treatment, the skin will look clean, clear, and bright. 

Fine Lines and Acne Scars

Minor blemishes on the face are some of the most frustrating skin issues. Microdermabrasion is a perfect choice for those dealing with small wrinkles starting to develop or who want to get rid of pockmarks and scars since their teenage years.

In general, these blemishes are due to issues with the skin’s outermost layer. Indeed, the treatment effectively removes the dead cells of the outer layer, eradicating most superficial issues. Also, gentle abrasion allows the healthy and unmarked skin below to shine.

A Painless Option

While most beauty and aesthetic treatments are somewhat painful and sometimes include needles or even anesthesia, Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, is as painless as it is effective. It efficiently clears the skin of dead cells and removes them without causing any pain and has no downside.

Encourages Remodeling

Exfoliation isn’t all this treatment does. When the wand vacuums up all the dead skin particles, it creates negative pressure, allowing the skin particles to be lifted off the skin and into the wand. The negative pressure also stimulates the dermis, the layer of skin beneath the epidermis, encouraging the remodeling process.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is helpful for people with dull skin, acne discoloration, mild acne, pick marks, and superficial acne scars. It may also be a good treatment option for patients with superficial skin problems and busy lifestyles looking for minimal benefits with virtually no side effects or downtime. Additionally, individuals with deeper acne scars may expect a much longer series of treatments or likely benefit from physician-performed surgical dermabrasion, chemical peeling, or laser resurfacing.

However, some people are not advised to get the treatment, such as those who are:

  • Are you experiencing an active skin infection, such as herpes simplex, varicella-zoster virus, human papillomavirus (HPV), or impetigo
  • Are you experiencing an active acne breakout
  • Have rosacea or telangiectasias
  • Scar easily or are prone to hypertrophic or keloid scarring.
  • Have applied topical isotretinoin within the last six months

Anyone who recently had a facial laser treatment or completed an isotretinoin regimen (or is still on it) should hold off with a Microdermabrasion for a few months. It can aggravate already sensitive skin.

What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Microdermabrasion?

A few days after the procedure, the common side effects that may happen are redness, sunburnt skin, swollen skin, bruises or marks, heightened sensitivity to the sun, and sometimes even a burning or sting sensation. 

How Often Can You Have Microdermabrasion?

The treatment can be done as frequently as weekly or every eight weeks, depending on the skin’s tolerance and desired results. In fact, many people choose to start with weekly treatments for three sessions, then change to a monthly maintenance regimen.

The Bottom Line

Microdermabrasion aims to make a person’s complexion more even and smooth in texture and color. The Spa at Aestique offers Microdermabrasion, a skin treatment wherein it exfoliates the skin to become smoother and brighter and promotes even skin tone. Ultimately, this procedure also helps remedy age spots, dark spots, freckle-like spots, texture, dull complexion, and better absorption of skincare products.

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