I haven't tried this at home microderm cream because it is quite expensive, but my friends Rhiana and Terry bought it together and used it for about six weeks. Before deciding to invest in such an expensive cream, my friends asked me to find out as much as I could about the Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion cream and the company behind it.
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Browsing the net and reading several magazine and newspaper articles, I learnt that not very long ago, Dr. Brandt's microderma product was called Dr. Brandt's Microdermabrasion in A Jar, but after a law suit filled by Philosophy Skincare in February 2006 for trademark infringement (Philosophy had launched in 2005 a product called "Hope in a Jar"), the name of the product was changed to Dr. Brandt Personal Microdermabrasion System.
Except for this legal problem, most of the feedback I found online on Dr. Brandt's home microderm abrasion cream was positive.
Terry and Rhiana bought the 1.7 oz jar of Dr. Brandt micro derma abrasion cream for $75. The formula contains aluminum oxide crystals as abrasive agents, chamomile extract against irritations, grapefruit extract that energizes the skin, and Vitamin E for nutrition and elasticity.
Because they wanted to cut down on the expenses, Rhiana and Terry have decided to buy and use Dr. Brandts micro derm abrasion cream together. Terry used it twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, while Rhiana applied the cream only once a week (on Thursdays), because she has black, and thus more sensitive skin. This is how each of my friends used the cream for about 6 weeks.
Terry is 27 and has a fair complexion with freckles in the summer and a some blemishes on the cheeks every now and then. For her, Dr. Brandt's at home microdermabration cream worked very well:
"After using the cream for one week, I noticed my face looked brighter and a lot cleaner. Two weeks later, the freckles on my nose and a few fine lines around my mouth were less visible. When the cream was over, about 6 weeks after buying it, my skin was smoother, with no blemishes or dry areas. I liked this product, if I had the money I would definitely buy it again".
On the other hand, Rhianna (32) says the Dr. Brandt cream didn't deliver. "I have very sensitive skin, that's why I used the product only once a week and massaged it into the skin for no more than 90 seconds. I have some old acne scars on my cheeks, fine lines around the mouth and on the forehead, occasional blackheads and enlarged pores on my nose and chin".
I was hoping this expensive cream would help me make my scars, lines and pores less visible, but unfortunately, the formula was too harsh for my sensitive skin. It almost hurt every time I used it; it felt like I rubbed broken glass all over my face. Furthermore, after using the cream for 6 times, I saw no major improvement in my skin."
Other Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion cream users are happy with the fact that it makes the skin very smooth, especially if you follow the exfoliation process with a good nourishing cream. However, some consumers say that the cream is too expensive and too aggressive for sensitive skin.
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A: Macrodermabrasion set 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.
A: No, macrodermabrasion cannot cause skin infections unless the wand or device has not been sterilized.
A: Do-It-Yourself microdermabration systems should not be used on your eye-lids even if it's especially formulated as a face micro abrasion tool. Using a face micro derma brasion kit on your eye lids may result in irritation or scarring (the lids are too thin and can easily be damaged). Doctor-performed micro derma brasion is not suitable for use on eye lids either.
A: Lupus patients should not have microdermabrasian 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.
A: Yes, thanks to its non-invasive nature microdermal abrasion is recommended over other procedures like chemical peels and laser for superficial skin imperfections.
A: According to thousands of online testimonials, OTC micro derma abrasion has good results on superficial skin imperfections. But like with most non-surgical procedures, the results depend on your medical condition, your body's ability to recover and on who performs the procedure on you. Most patients who have tried microdermabration say the treatment worked well in improving age spots, fine lines, enlarged pores, acne scars, red marks, stretch marks and dull skin More serious skin imperfections cannot be treated with this non-invasive technique, because it only removes the top layer of the skin, not being able to reach deeper layers of skin.
A: Micro derma brasion is not recommended if you've had a chemical peel (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, TCA, Jessner or any other kind of peel) in the last 14 days because the two exfoliating procedures combined are too aggressive and might affect your skin's ability to recover. This applies to OTC systems and clinic treatment.
A: By removing the top layer of skin, micodermabrasion evens out skin texture and helps remove superficial burn scars. More severe burn scarring needs more advanced non-surgical techniques, like a deep chemical peel or laser skin resurface.
A: You can safely have microdermabration on skin with tattoos with no risk or side effects. This skin rejuvenation procedure is too mild to affect tattoos.
A: Age spots can be made less visible or even removed entirely through several microdermabrasia sessions - the flow of crystals exfoliates the top layer of the skin and evens out skin tone.
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