The benefits of microdermabrasion are many, it is a highly effective process for addressing blemishes and exfoliating the skin. It’s not as deep or intensive as dermabrasion, but over time can help produce healthy and vibrant skin.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2013 there were over 452,000 Women and 27,500 Men that had microdermabrasion performed. The numbers are even higher when we consider those who use at home solutions.
Does Microdermabrasion Really Work?
The short answer is “yes”. Microdermabrasion is an extremely effective solution for a number of skin blemishes. The key is time. We all want a miracle cure and for changes to happen quickly. There’s no doubt you will feel the benefits right away. However, the benefits of microdermabrasion really shine through the repeated application and removal of dead skin cells along with minor injury to our this top layer of skin (the stratum corundum). It takes usually 5-6 sessions at 7-10 days apart.
As the top layer is removed healthy cells underneath are exposed. In addition, through this process there is a light damaging that takes place to the skin. Although it may not sound like a ton of fun, it’s through this minor damage that our natural and healthy complexion is restored. On it’s own, the exfoliation process afforded by microderm will rejuvenate the skin and produces a healthy glow. But the mild damage is where the healing really takes place.
According to research found in the October 2009 issue of Archives of Dermatology, the slightly more aggressive procedure found in crystal and diamond microdermabrasion induces the production of collagen. This is a major structural protein found in our skin and as we damage the skin through this procedure it stimulates collagen generation. This is central to the creation of new healthy skin cells. It’s akin to pruning back the dead branches on a flower so new healthy limbs and sprout. Further the suction from the vacuum stimulate the cells even further aiding in the flow of blood to the damaged area. This is especially true of diamond microderm.
Obviously we don’t want to damage the deeper epidermis tissues. This is part of the why the process takes time. If we are too aggressive too soon, we run the risk of damaging these deeper layers of skin. Much like building a muscle, we need minor damage along with adequate recovery so the tissue has time to heal. It’s through repeated application that we see long term results and change.
What are the Benefits?
Microdermabrasion benefits can be seen in a number of different areas. Most professionals recommend microderm for minor skin conditions and normal cosmetic exfoliation. Which type of application you seek is going to depend on your goals and the types of conditions you’re wanting to treat. For example, scrubs and creams are going to be less aggressive than a spa treatment. While crystal or diamond procedure performed at home or in a spa can be slightly more aggressive and provide opportunity for addressing deeper issues.
Here are a few of the conditions that can be addressed by microdermabrasion:
- Wrinkles and lines
- Minor acne scarring
- Skin discoloration
- General signs of aging
- Skin rejuvenation
- … and more
Another of key microdermabrasion benefit is recovery time. As we note in our overview article on microdermabrasion, the recovery time is significantly less than a full dermabrasion procedure performed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. You can expect that within 24 hours your skin is already well on its way to healing.
Even if you don’t struggle with any of the above issues, microdermabrasion can still be a fantastic option for exfoliating your skin to keep it looking and feeling healthy. It’s a very effective process that really can provide healthier and rejuvenated skin.
Benefits of Home Application
We’ve looked at the benefits of microdermabrasion in general, but what about at home solutions?
There are some really great options on the market for at home care including scrubs, cloths, and a variety of different machines. You can even find some creative home made options.
So how do you decide which option to choose? And what are benefits of these solutions?
Choosing a Solution
At the end of the day, the decision of which home solution you choose will largely depend on the type of conditions you’re wanting to treat, how much money you have to spend, and how aggressively you want to attack your problem areas.
- Scrubs and Creams: These are great for lighter issues such as lines and wrinkles, signs of aging, and can be used as an effective face or body polish.
- Diamond Tip Machines: Great for deeper issues, machines can address things like skin discoloration, light acne scarring, and more.
Why Choose a Home Solution?
Probably the most evident benefit is cost. It can be anywhere from $100-$150 per session for a spa visit and more for a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Additionally, you have the time commitment associated with an office visit.
Another microdermabrasion benefit that has been important we have seen is has been the privacy found through personal application. Embarrassing skin blemishes can sometimes be difficult to share with other people. Having the ability to apply treatment in the privacy of your own home can eliminate much of this embarrassment.
Things have come a long way in the last couple of decades. There really are many different options available, and with the right products, time, and consistency you can truly help address problem areas and rejuvenate your skin.