The epidermis, the uppermost layer of skin, acts as a protective barrier between the dermal layer and environmental elements. The skin constantly regenerates itself – in 28-day cycles in fact – and this herculean process leaves a layer of dead cells on the surface, making the skin look dull.
Microdermabrasion is the physical exfoliation of this uppermost layer of skin. It involves the application of tiny rough grains from a diamond-shaped steel nozzle to buff away the surface layer of skin and reveal the fresh, younger-looking skin lying below.
A minimally invasive process, this gentle sanding helps maintain clear, healthy skin. It also supports the treatment of acne by refining open pores, clearing blackheads, and lightening acne scars.
By boosting your skin’s ability to absorb the goodness of your skincare regimen, Microdermabrasion extends the benefits of treatments designed to give you glowing, radiant skin.
How Microdermabrasion works
While the epidermis bears the brunt of the environmental battle and also regenerates itself, leaving a layer of dull, lifeless skin, the dermis bears a whole lot of fresh cells that are maturing at the same time. Microdermabrasion takes away the dead layer and exposes the fresh skin below.
Let’s take a look at how this ingenious skin brightening and polishing technique operates. The microdermabrasion diamond tool gently sands the skin, dislodging dead cells which are sucked away by a vacuum action.
Meanwhile, interpreting the abrasion process as mild injury, the body’s healing mechanism swings into action, replacing old cells with new.
Now, this is where the visible difference takes place. The new cells constitute smooth and even-toned skin, free of scarring, discoloration, or sun damage. The treatment also encourages collagen production.
Done regularly, not only does Microdermabrasion keep your skin looking bright and impeccably cared for, it can thicken the collagen layer, keeping your skin youthful from within.
What you can look forward to
● Exfoliation leaves the skin rejuvenated, softer, brighter, and more radiant. With collagen production boosted, the complexion becomes taut, smooth, and even-toned.
● There will be some redness and swelling in the first hour after the treatment, after which these symptoms subside.
● The skin may stay slightly flaky and dry for a week to 10 days. However, there is no downtime or recovery period and you can return to your routine right after a session.
● From 72 hours before the microdermabrasion procedure, stop using Retin-AFor a week before the microdermabrasion procedure.
● Avoid sun tanning or using tanning creams/ sprays/ lotions.
● Avoid any treatments such as Botox®, fillers, chemical peels, or laser hair reduction a few weeks before the microdermabrasion procedure, avoid waxing the treatment area.
● For up to 24 to 48 hours after treatment, avoid using glycolic, Retin-A, benzoyl peroxide, alpha-hydroxy, or topical acne medications up to 7 days after.
● Avoid exposing your skin to sunlight.
Avoid any treatments such as Botox®, fillers, chemical peels, or laser hair reductions SPF 50+ sunblock regularly moisturize.
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