Microdermabrasion has become a very popular facial over the past several years due to its immediate results. Also known as the “lunch time” facial because it only takes 30-45 minutes to do and there is zero social downtime afterwards. But what exactly is a microdermabrasion and how do you know if it would improve your skin?

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of microcrystals to mechanically exfoliate and remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells and unclog pores. A microdermabrasion is performed by a certified technician using a handpiece that is placed against the skin carrying a stream of tiny micro crystals to exfoliate the skin. There is also mild suction to remove skin debris and crystals from the skin.

What does a microdermabrasion do for the skin?

Microdermabrasion will reveal a softer, radiant and more youthful and healthy looking skin. Microdermabrasion will also assist in the cell turn over rate by stripping the skin of dead skin cells and unclogging pores so the skin’s natural process of cell turn over can happen more rapidly to build better elastin and more collagen, thus aiding in more radiant younger looking skin.

Who is a candidate for microdermabrasion?

If you have fine lines, wrinkles, mild acne scarring, other minor scars, pigmentation issues, uneven skin tone, clogged pores and sun damage then microdermabrasion could help you by eliminating dead and damaged skin cells to reveal better looking and feeling skin.

Who is not a good candidate?

You are not a candidate for microdermabrasion if you have deep scars, keloids, undiagnosed skin lesions, a recent cold sore, warts, active acne, an auto-immune disorder or unstable diabetes. If you have had a recent chemical peel, injectables or fillers you should wait at least two weeks before having a microdermabrasion. You should also not have had recent sun or tanning bed exposure, waxing or threading two weeks before or after. If you have a lot of sun damage, melasma, deep acne scarring or other severe skin issues then a chemical peel or laser resurfacing might be a better option for you. Always ask you skin care specialist for advice on what skin care procedures are best for you.