Microdermabrasion (my-kroh-der-mah-BRAY-shun) is a painless form of mechanical exfoliation that uses a non-chemical, non-invasive diamond tipped vacuum to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells to reveal younger, healthier-looking skin. It is effective in diminishing the appearance of sun damage, pigmentation, acne scaring, blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and coarsely textured skin.
This treatment can be done as frequently as weekly or up to every eight weeks depending on your skin’s tolerance and desired cosmetic effects. Many people choose to start with weekly treatments for three sessions, then change to a monthly maintenance regimen.
Microdermabrasion can be combined with Glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is part of the group of active compounds known as AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids). Glycolic acid is derived from cane sugar and has the smallest molecules in the group that are able to penetrate skin deeply and easily, making it the most effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness etc.
Microdermabrasion is not recommended to keratosis sufferers, people with undiagnosed lesions, active rosacea or acne, weeping acne, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, fragile capillaries, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or lupus. Recent laser surgery or Accutane acne treatment may also be sound reasons for your doctor not to recommend microdermabrasion. Discuss your medical history to your doctor if unsure.