Disappointed by the Homedics Total Facial Care System, I was ready to try a new home microdermabrasion product. That's when Epidermx caught my attention as one of the most controversial microderm abrasion kits on beauty forums and consumer review sites.
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While tens of people say it is an amazing product, tens of others say it has no results whatsoever, even causing adverse reactions. I was curious to see how this cream would work on my skin.
I bought the Epidermx cream from eBay for $20 and used it daily for two months. During a recent search for price changes, I noticed the name of the product has now changed to Epidermx II Microdermabrasion Pro Treatment. This second generation formula is supposed to be "more concentrated and more effective" than the first one, used two years ago. A quick look at the ingredient list, however, reveals no major differences between the two.
Unlike most at-home micro dermabrasion systems available today, Epidermx has no applicator, sponges or before and after care products. The only thing that comes in the box is the aluminum oxide crystal cream.
The instructions say to use the product daily for best results. People with severe scarring and stretch marks should use the product twice a day. Since I only had a few fine lines and sun spots, I used the cream once a day, in the evening, just before bedtime. This is what I did over a two months period:
I was a little worried at first because the cream felt so harsh that it removed a seriously thick layer of skin. It was only a few uses later that I realized it wasn't my skin that was rolling up and falling off, but the cream along with dirt and a thin layer of dead skin cells.
Most of the positive reviews say that Epidermx is quick to show results and it's true. It took only two uses for my face to look smoother and fresher. A month later, though, my fine lines and age spots still refused to go away. It took me 2 months of treatment to notice a general, albeit minor, improvement in appearance. Granted, my face looked less tired and had a healthy pink glow but it just wasn't enough. A daily use product should do a lot more.
On the other hand, Epidermix home micro derm abrasion didn't cause side effects like breakouts and dryness. I believe that happens because Epidermx uses naturally-soothing ingredients: grape seed, rose hip seed, and elder flower extracts.
About half of all Epidermx reviewers say they are very pleased with the product and use it on regular basis, while the other half say the product is terrible and would never buy it again. One reason, according to some unsatisfied customers, is that Epidermx is too harsh for acne-prone and sensitive skin, whereas others say the cream made their skin break out.
I had no adverse reactions to Epidermx, but I wouldn't buy the product again. The Epidermx home microderm abrasion cream is an average product which acts like a good scrub but nothing more.
Next, the most popular microdermabrasion kits compared.
A: By removing the top layer of the skin, spa microdermabarasion diminishes or even removes superficial acne scarring. Deeper acne scarring require a more invasive procedure, like a deep chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing.
A: Photo Facial (or Intense Pulsed Light Therapy) is a non-invasive procedure capable of diminishing or removing age spots (liver spots), fine wrinkles (rhytids), facial flushing, redness, broken capillaries, freckles, minor sun damage, tattoos, varicose veins, spider veins, flat birth marks and hypo-pigmentation. Unfortunately, IPL is not recommended for dark skinned people and persons suffering from oily skin. In short, IPL and micodermabrasion have similar results and are both non-invasive, but.
A: Yes, some of the at-home microdermabration sets available on the market can make your skin break out. Beauty salon microderm abrasion should not cause any acne breakouts but if it does, you should notify your doctor.
A: This procedure exfoliates the top layer of skin which consists of dead skin cells. Microdermabrasian product stimulates collagen production, essential to healthy skin and also removes blotchy skin texture and tone.
A: We recommend that you wait until you deliver your baby and finish the nursing period before microdermbrasion Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and nursing and microdermabrasion equipment 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: micrdermabrasion improves clogged pores or enlarged, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, acne scars, fine wrinkles, liver spots, uneven skin texture and dull skin by removing the top layer of the skin with a high-pressure jet of micro crystals or using a diamond-tipped wand.
A: Microdermabrastion kit is effective on hyper pigmentation. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck. Several specialist micro derma brasion sessions are required to even out skin tone and get rid of hyper pigmentation.
A: Doctors and patients alike agree that microderm abrasian has very few side effects, like temporary discoloration of the treated area, sun sensitivity, flaking and redness. These are not abnormal reactions, but you should discuss them with your doctor if they occur.
A: Rosacea is one of the main contraindications of microdermabrasion, because the exfoliation process worsens rosacea symptoms (redness, itchiness, flaking). personal micro derma abrasion sets are not recommended either (even though they are milder).
A: Home microdermoabrasion product is appropriate for all skin colors (including African American skin ) because this procedure sandblasts only the outermost skin layer which is made of dead skin cells. There's no damage to live tissue which could cause scarring or severe irritation. The exfoliation process involved in spa micro derma abrasion helps the skin renew itself quicker and more effectively.
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