Having Microdermabrasion on The Face

Face microdermabrasion can be tricky if you don't have experience with home products. Every face has its own sensitivity hot spots, irregular shapes and hard-to-reach places. Some people prefer to avoid them altogether but if you ignore these areas during treatment, over time, you can end up with uneven skin tone and texture.

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The nose and nasal folds are two of the most sensitive areas on the face and can easily get irritated. Whether you use a resurfacing tool or your bare hands, make sure to apply low pressure when massaging the micro dermabrasion cream into these areas. This applies to the lip area, as well.

The eye area is very tricky. First of all, avoid using microderm abrasion creams on the eye lid itself (the skin is very thin and can easily tear or become irritated). The area just under your eyes is also very sensitive and should be avoided (typically, this area coincides with where you usually get dark circles).

Many home kits use sponges (either standalone or as sponge heads for applicators) to spread the cream onto the skin. Most sponges come in round shapes which are ok for use on the cheeks and forehead. For the chin, nasal folds and other hard-to-reach places, though, the smaller, triangular or tear-drop shaped sponges are much more useful.

Another area I've found to be tricky is the hair line. I try to avoid it as much as possible because the hair can get tangled.

I am a big fan of resurfacing tools found in home microdermabrasion kits. They apply and massage the crystal cream more evenly onto my face than my fingers ever will. But when it comes to sensitive face areas like the lips and nasal folds, I prefer the better control and lower pressure that comes from using my fingers.

Next, some of the over-the-counter microderm products I've tried.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Microabrasion Make Acne Marks Less Visible?

A: By removing the top layer of the skin, home micro abrasion diminishes or even removes superficial acne marks. Deeper acne marks require a more invasive procedure, like deep chemical peeling or laser resurfacing.

Q: Does Micro Abrasion Make Wrinkles Even Themselves Out?

A: Micro derma abrasion 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.

Q: Can Micro Derma Brasion Make Skin Appear Uneven?

A: No, micro dermabration helps diminish uneven skin texture – it never makes it worse.

Q: Is Micro Derm Abrasion Effective On Your Eye Lids?

A: Home microderm sets should not be used on your eye-lids even if it's especially formulated as a face microabrasion system. Using a facial microderm abrasions system on your eye lids may result in irritation or scarring (the lids are too thin and can easily be damaged). Specialist microderm abrasions are not suitable for use on eye lids either.

Q: How Safe Is Using Micro Derm Abrasion While Nursing?

A: We recommend that you wait until you deliver your baby and finish the nursing period before microdermation Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and nursing and microdermbrasion tools 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.

Q: How Long Is The Skin Red After Micro Derm Abrasion?

A: Redness following microdermabasion fades in a few hours after the procedure.

Q: Does Micro Dermal Abrasion Help Improve Irregular Pigmentation?

A: Microdermbrasion system is effective on uneven pigmentation The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck. Several dermatologist-performed microdermabrasions are required to even out skin tone and get rid of irregular pigmentation.

Q: Can Microderm Go Wrong?

A: Compared to other cosmetic procedures, microdermabration involves few risks: if the machine is not properly handled or has not been properly sterilized, hyperpigmentation, skin injuries or infections may occur as a result; it is also possible to inhale micro crystals used during the procedure. Aluminum oxide crystals, however, cause no allergic or adverse reactions. Eye injury from stray micro crystals used to be a concern but these days plastic or rubber goggles makes it extremely unlikely.

Q: How Long Are Microabrasion Effects For?

A: If you have the full series of office microdermabrastion treatments and then a maintenance session every 2-3 months, the results will last for as long as you have maintenance procedures.

Q: How Can Microdermabasion Make Tattoos Fade?

A: Microdemabrasion works by sandblasting the outermost skin layer but cannot abrade deeper skin layers where tattooed skin cells are which is why it cannot be used for tattoo removal. Removing tattoos requires laser or surgical procedures which are invasive enough to reach pigmented skin cells.