I can distinctly remember when I had acne 20 years ago (had it for 4 years in my teens). I can especially remember how it made me feel which is why I can sympathize with you -- if there is one skin disorder that can really mess up someone in their early life, acne is it. Apparently (and this is quite shocking) more than 80% of all teenagers suffer from acne and more than a quarter of them will have permanent, visible acne scars. About 20% of all adults also suffer from acne. That certainly helps put things into perspective!
Most anti-acne cleansers claim they penetrate deep down into the pore to remove dirt and oil which cause inflamations. I've seen tens of adverts where water sweeps the dirt right from within the pore but I have yet to come across a cleanser which does that in real life.
Microdermabration on the other hand, strips dirt plugs (blackheads) out from your pores via a combination of mild skin abrasion and suction. The layer of skin that comes off is very fine (about 10-15 microns) but it has no live cells. This is why the skin is not damaged in the process (you cannot damage something that's not alive).
The wand or crystals used in microderm abrasion abrade the skin, while the vacuum sucks up any dead cells and dirt that clog your pores. When used on acne, micro dermabrasion needs stronger suction to unclog all of the pores, because the sandblasting cannot get in that deep on its own. And it does work.
My friend Dominique is on her seventh microabrasion session and can finally see an improvement in her acne. Breakouts are less of an issue and her complexion looks better, shinier and with less blackheads. But Dominique has a mild form of acne which microderm can handle well. If your acne is moderate to severe you should avoid this procedure at all costs because it can do more harm than good. I heard some doctors say that using microdermabrasion on acne may cause permanent skin damage.
Many home dermabrasion products are notorious for causing breakouts in acne-prone individuals. With the professional microdermabration procedure, the only thing touching your face is the crystal flow -- and that's there only for a second before it's sucked right back into the device. Basically, the microdermabrasion crystals don't stay on your skin for long enough to cause any reaction.
All these personal kits, on the other hand, come with micro-crystal cream. Microdermabrasion creams often use ingredients and chemicals which, when absorbed into the skin, can clog pores or irritate the skin -- the common causes of pimples. Dermanew is the only company I know to have come up with a special personal microdermabrasion kit for acne-prone skin. It contains aspirin which counteracts any irritation and inflamation other ingredients in the cream may cause (basically, Dermanew is not necessarily irritant-free but has the ingredients needed to counteract them).
While reading on microdermabrasion and acne I came across this interesting study. Scientists from Northeastern Ohio University and The College of Medicine in Ohio, have studied the use of microderm as acne treatment on 25 patients. Here are the results.
During the "The Use Of Microdermabrasion For Acne" pilot study, 25 patients with different forms of acne received 8 micro abrasion treatments at weekly intervals. The patients were under constant dermatological care and continued their regular acne medication throughout the study. The results are based on before and after photos:
Approximately 96% percent (23/24) of patients were pleased with their micro dermabrasion results and would recommend it to others. According to this pilot study: medical microderm has 'satisfactory to excellent results' on acne; microabrasion can be 'effectively used' to fight mild forms of acne; many acne control products available today include beads or crystals that offer a micro skin abrasion effect.
Home microdermabrasion kits are available in beauty shops, drugstores and on the Internet. Some of them do work. See my microdermabrasion reviews page for details.
Here's a list of various acne treatments that I compiled for Dominique (though some don't apply to her acne):
Next, some of the personal microdermabrasion products I've tried.
A: Men can have microdermabration just as women can. The procedure and results are the same, there are no side effects or risks. The procedure and results are the same, there are no side effects or risks.
A: Rosacea is one of the main contraindications of microdermabrasion, because the exfoliation process worsens rosacea symptoms (redness, itchiness, flaking). Personal microdermabrasions kits are not recommended either (even though they are milder).
A: Do-It-Yourself micrdermabrasion tools can be used on your feet as long as it's especially formulated as a body microabrasion cream. Using a face microdermabrasions kit on your feet will not have the desired results because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your feet. Surgeon-performed micro dermal abrasion is not suitable for use on the feet because the skin is too thin in that area. However, having microdermal abrasion on your heels should work but better ask your doctor first.
A: The Self derma microabrasion set from Derma E works for some people and doesn't work for others. There are many satisfied consumers who say that Derma E set does make their skin look younger and feel smother. On the other hand, there are some unhappy costumers who say the kit is either too harsh, causing them irritations or break outs, or not very effective in diminishing fine scars and wrinkles. The only way to find out if the set works for you is to try to get a free sample and test the formula on your skin.
A: We recommend that you wait until you deliver your baby and finish the nursing period before microdermabrasia Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and nursing and microderm abrasion products may cause irritation or severe scarring. This procedure is also not recommended for pregnant and nursing women because hormonal changes during this period may reduce the effectiveness of the procedure.
A: Yes, most women who have tried microdermibration and shared their experience online say that the procedure successfully diminished or in some cases even removed superficial aging signs like line and age spots, reduced the number of mild acne episodes and made skin look younger and feel smoother. There are of course women who say that microbrasion either damaged their skin, causing irritation and dryness, or had no effect whatsoever. The way your skin reacts to microderma is a very personal thing and you have to try it for yourself to see if it's effective or not.
A: Microdermoabrasion sets stimulate collagen growth which is why it works on large pores. Collagen production is stimulated through skin exfoliation. Furthermore, the vacuum function of most microdermabrasions tools sucks out hardened oil, dust and other dirt which may clog your pores. This way, the oil in the glands can again reach the surface of your skin and your pores can return to their natural shape and size.
A: By resurfacing the top layer of the skin, office microdermabrasions does make a difference. It can help fight mild acne, acne scarring, clogged and enlarged pores, age and sun spots, stretch marks, freckles, and fine lines, tired and dull skin. More severe skin imperfections require more invasive procedures like laser or chemical peeling. OTC microdermabrasions is also not as effective as professional microdermibrasion.
A: Microdermabarasion is not recommended for patients taking Accutane. This acne treatment works by reducing the amount of oil produced by the skin's sebaceous glands which reduces the skin's ability to recover after body or facial exfoliation. Having microderm abrasion while on Accutane may cause permanent scarring. This applies to home products and office treatment.
A: Microderma pulverizes away the dead skin layer (the outermost layer) in order to even out skin texture and fade superficial facial scars. More severe facial scarring requires more invasive non-surgical techniques, like deep chemical peels or laser skin rejuvenation.
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