I'm not an absolute expert on home microdermabrasion kits but I've tried so many of them to at least deserve the most experienced user award. I have never bought a personal microdermabrasion system without thoroughly researching it first (this includes official websites, blogs, forums and conversations with others who've tried it).
One thing I do religiously these days is a patch test (I use the product on a small area behind the ear and see how the skin reacts). This has saved me days of recovery from products that would have caused irritation or breakouts if I had used them on my face.
When I couldn't afford yet another microdermabrasion product or when I came across one that didn't suit me, I asked one of my 5 best girlfriends to try it instead. This is what we think the best home micro dermabrasion product is (see my review of Personal Microderm System, the latest I've tried).
One thing to remember is that most manufacturers claim their microderm abrasion kit is the best. Some, at least, don't blatantly lie by saying their product is the overall best, but that it's the best for a specific condition like fine lines, acne scars and wrinkles, clogged pores or age spots.
Usually, home microderm kits fall in one of these 4 categories:
Most companies have an at-home microdermabrasion kit designed for use on the face (and maybe the neck) but only a handful have a body microdermabrasion kit as well (Neutrogena and Dermanew). Be careful not to make the same mistake my friend Donna nearly did (she nearly bought the Dermanew Body system instead of the Facial Rejuvenation System).
The term of body microdermabrasion can be misleading. It doesn't refer to a product you can use anywhere on your body, but from the neck down. Body micro dermabrasion formulas are more aggressive and can cause skin damage when used on the face whereas facial micro abrasion formulas are gentle and they probably won't have any effect on the arms, chest or back.
Me and my friends believe that the best microdermabrasion products are those that closely imitate the professional procedure -- and its results. Most microabrasion kits use the same type of crystals used in the office treatment but the way the cream is used varies significantly.
With some products you use your bare hands to apply the micro dermabrasion cream while with others you use a sponge or cloth. Dermanew and Youthful Essence have the most advanced resurfacing tools I've seen. However, some products that are basically a microdermabrasion scrub have surprised us in how well they work for what they are (particularly Philosophy's Microdelivery Peel, Lancome Resurface C, Microdermx, Micro Pearl Abrasion).
I am always eager to try new at home microdermabration products and I am impatient to see results, even though I should know better. It takes a few weeks of regular use to start seeing what the product can do. I (almost) always follow the instructions to the letter and never use it more often than I should. After a few weeks you either see no or mild improvement, or something slightly more dramatic (a faded scar, fewer lines or more even skin tone).
A: Microabrasion is safe for young people of all skin types but most doctors recommend it for patients aged 14 and older, mainly because they want to make sure that all major hormonal changes are over and the results of the procedure are as good as they can be.
A: Both DIY and doctor's office micro dermal abrasion work on the same principle and have the same reported results: reduction of fine lines, superficial scars, age spots and acne scars. But personal microabrasion procedures cannot offer the same effectiveness you get from doctor microdermbrasion treatment on more severe skin imperfections.
A: Personal micro derma brasion creams can be used on your feet as long as it's especially formulated as a body microderm product. Using a facial microdermation tool on your feet will not have the desired effects because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your feet. Doctor-performed microderm abrasion is not suitable for use on the feet because the skin is too thin in that area. However, having microdermasion on your heels should work but better ask your doctor first.
A: The Home microdermabrasian cream from Micro Pearl Abrasion is effective for some people and isn't for others. There are many happy customers who say that Micro Pearl Abrasion creams does make their face feel smother and look young. On the other hand, there are some unhappy people who say the kit is either too harsh, causing them skin irritation and breakouts, or not very effective in reducing superficial scars and fine wrinkles. The only way to find out if the kit is effective for you is to try to obtain a free sample and test the formula on your skin.
A: Psoriasis patients should not have micro dermabration This procedures is somewhat invasive to the skin (any skin rejuvenation treatment is to some extent) and can worsen their condition. This applies to over the counter micro derma brasion as well, despite its mild effect.
A: Dermatologist office micro skin abrasion is performed by a trained aesthetician or beautician who uses a hand-held, sandblaster-like device to spray and circulate a high pressure flow of aluminum oxide crystals onto the skin. The crystals gently exfoliate the very top layer of the skin. This hand-held tool also contains a vacuum system that sucks away the debris, dead skin cells and used micro crystals.
A: Macrodermabrasion product is effective on hyper pigmentation. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck. Several dermatologist-performed microbrasion sessions are required to even out skin tone and get rid of hyper pigmentation.
A: Micodermabrasion tool stimulates collagen growth which is why it's effective on enlarged pores. Collagen production is stimulated through skin exfoliation. Furthermore, the vacuum function of most microdermal abrasion 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, home microdermabrasia does help the skin. After a full treatment of 6-12 sessions, most people notice significant improvement in skin tone and texture. The face looks younger, feels smoother, and has fewer superficial scars, fine wrinkles, enlarged or clogged pores. More severe skin imperfections require more invasive procedures like laser or chemical peeling. Self microderm abrasions is also not as effective as specialist microdermation.
A: Microderma brasion 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 micro abrasion while on Accutane may cause permanent scarring. This applies to over the counter system and professional treatment.
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