Microdermabrasion Cloths vs Cream-Based Products

I personally dislike microdermabrasion cloths but other people seem to prefer them as an alternative to professional treatment. Microderm abrasion cloths (sized 8"x 8" to 16"x 16") are made of fabric that has microfibers woven together in a specific pattern. Even though they don't use micro-crystals (the common ingredient in most microdermabrasion products), the micro-fiber is considered to be abrasive enough to warrant the microabrasion status.

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Before continuing, you might want to read about the top home microdermabrasion kits reviewed and compared by myself and my friends (I really like home microderm systems because they are convenient to use and don't break the bank) or find out more about doctor-performed microdermabrasion.

My friend Rhiana used a microderm cloth a few months ago. She says they should be used on damp skin. She usually dampens the cloth with warm water, then wrings it out. She then delicately rubs the cloth against her face using circular motions; starts with the nose and slowly moves outwards, towards the hairline.

The entire massage doesn't last more than 2 minutes. She avoids overdoing it because prolonged use of the micro dermabrasion cloth can result in excessive peeling. Rhiana was using the cloth once every 7 to 10 days (the first results are visible after 2-3 uses). Some mild redness is normal after each abrasion -- the cloth is, after all, exfoliating the top layer of the skin and the skin reacts back.

Using a micro dermabrasion cloth on a regular basis can result in an improved overall appearance, fewer white and blackheads, less visible wrinkles and scars, as well as a more even skin tone and texture. The micro fiber material can be used on the face, neck and body -- except on the eye area, lips and feet, where the skin is too thin.

One of the advantages of micro dermabrasion cloths is that they use no creams, gels, natural or chemical ingredients of any kind which means the exfoliation is purely a mechanical one. The mechanical peeling reduces the chance of adverse reactions, clogged pores or allergies usually associated with ingredients found in most home microderm products


Microderm abrasion cloths have the same contraindications, side effects and before/after guidelines as professional microderm: use sunscreen every time you go out, avoid all other exfoliating procedures like waxing, chemical peels and facial scrubs and don't use any other microabrasion kits while using the cloth.

The cloth may last up to one year of use if you take proper care of it. Wash it with warm water and non-bacterial soap after every use and let it air dry (don't machine-dry or iron it because high temperatures may damage the micro-fibers).

Popular and trusted brands of microabrasion cloths are Derma Glide and DermaCeuticals. One cloth costs between $5-$30.

The reason I dislike cloths is that I never seem to use the right amount of pressure with them. I end up with either no results, or with nasty scratches. Microderm creams are milder, so my skin does not get injured even if I use too much pressure. Microdermabrasion cloths may work, though, for people with thicker skin (which is able to withstand increased friction) and who can accurately control the pressure during use.

Next, some of the home micro dermabrasion products I've tried.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can Doctor Perform Micro Dermabration?

A: Yes, doctors can perform microdermoabrasion if they have been specifically trained for it and can prove it with a diploma or certification.

Q: How Good Is Microderm On Liver Spots?

A: Liver spots can be reduced or even removed entirely through several micro dermabration sessions - the flow of crystals exfoliates the top layer of the skin and evens out skin tone.

Q: Is Micro Derm Abrasion Dangerous If I Have Rosacea?

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).

Q: Microderm Is It Good For The Face?

A: By resurfacing the top layer of the skin, do-it-yourself microdermasion 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. Self microdermbrasion is also not as effective as doctor-performed microdemabrasion.

Q: What Are The Benefits Associated With Microderm Abrasion?

A: One major benefit is the minimum risks and side effects associated with microdermabasion Unlike dermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasions takes no more than 30-60 minutes and can be successfully used on the face as well as the body (neck, chest, back and hands). If time or money is an issue, the procedure is also available as a cheap self micro dermal abrasion kit (well known brands include Neutrogena, Mary Kay, L'Oreal, Oil of Olay, Homedics, etc). It removes only the very top skin layer which is why it's considered to be the least invasive cosmetic procedure. It doesn't require anesthesia and has virtually no down time after treatment. It can be performed on all skin types and colors without risks and side effects.

Q: How Expensive Is A Microbrasion Session?

A: Compared to other non-invasive procedures, specialist microdermabrasian is the least expensive skin rejuvenation procedure. For example, microderm abrasion kits cost between $15 and $200, depending on contents and brand. Kits that include a rotating hand-held device designed to massage the crystal cream onto your face are the most expensive (and the most effective). The price of a single microdermbrasion treatment at a beauty salon or spa varies between $75 and $200. One full face session at a surgeon or dermatologist office costs somewhere between $100 and $300, not including initial consultation fees (which may cost an additional $150). You may need an average of 9 treatments and 4 maintenance sessions for best results which makes a full microdermabration treatment cost around $1,600 per year.

Q: Microderm Is It Recommended If I Have Eczema?

A: Eczema sufferers should not use microderm abrasian This procedures is somewhat invasive to the skin (any skin rejuvenation treatment is to some extent) and can worsen their condition. This applies to home microdermabrasion as well, despite its mild effect.

Q: Does Microderm From Mary Kay Work?

A: The OTC microdermabration products from Mary Kay is effective for some people and isn't for others. There are many happy customers who say that Mary Kay product does make their skin look younger and feel smother. However, there are some unhappy consumers who say the kit is either too aggressive, causing them skin irritations and break-outs, or not very effective in removing fine scars and wrinkles. The only way to find out if the product works for you is to try to get a free sample and test the formula on your face.

Q: How Good Is Micro Abrasion On Your Back?

A: Home microabrasion products can be used on your back as long as it's especially formulated as a body microdermabasion set. Using a face microbrasion system on your back will not have the desired result because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your back. Clinic micro derma abrasion is suitable for use on the back.

Q: What Does Micro Dermabrasion Do For Wrinkles?

A: Microdemabrasion system works on fine wrinkles. It evens out skin texture through abrasion of the top layer of skin. The effect is a reduction or even total removal of superficial wrinkles. Deeper wrinkles need a more invasive non-surgical technique, like a deep chemical peel or laser resurfacing.