Despite using over 10 different microdermabrasion sets, I still take my time when reading the instructions for a new product. Why? Because while most microabrasion systems work in a similar fashion, there will always be differences (such as frequency of use or contraindications).
I used to do a patch test for every new product I tried, but having so much experience with microderm abrasion products means I can afford to take chances every now and then (don't follow my example!).
You should always test new microabrasion products on a small patch of skin on your forehead, chin or behind the ear. Tryouts like these help test for allergic reactions or side effects. Use the product, wait for 24 hours and, if everything seems fine, simply continue to use it as instructed.
I know you must be eager to try the micro dermabrasion set right away, but remember that if it does trigger adverse reactions, it may take several days to a week for them to disappear. Better safe than sorry. If the product causes allergic reactions (usually in the form of red spots, pimples, itchiness or dryness), contact the manufacturer or retailer and ask for a refund (most companies are willing to give refunds).
The best place to use a personal microderm abrasion set is in the bathroom, because you need a clean space, a mirror, lots of light and running warm water. First, make sure you know what each product in the set does (don't get them all mixed up or mistake the cleanser for a moisturizer, like I once nearly did).
Never throw away instructions or original product wrappings -- keep them for reference in case you forget how to use it. I've kept instructions for every microdermabrasion set I've ever used and regularly use them for reference or for comparison purposes when friends ask me for advice on a particular product.
Some micro derma abrasion kits can be used at any time during the day, while others cause temporary redness and increased skin sensitivity, and should only be used at night, before bedtime. With other products, the micro crystals can be difficult to wash off over the sink, and a good time to use them would be just before the evening shower.
Here's what to do:
A: OTC micodermabrasion system is safe for all ages and 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: Stretch marks appear on your skin as uneven skin tone and texture. By exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin, microbrasion machine evens out skin tone and texture, thus reducing or totally removing stretchmarks.
A: There are cases when microderm can irritate your skin. This procedure is contraindicated for pregnant or nursing women, people with active herpes lesions or malignant skin tumors, keratosis, active rosacea. If medical advice is not followed, skin irritation may occur.
A: Yes, but you have to be very careful how close to the eyes you get, the skin here is extremely sensitive. Please read the instructions on the product carefully, they should state how close to the eyes you are allowed to apply the microdermation cream.
A: Smoother-looking skin needs elasticity and density, both achievable through skin cell renewal. Microdermibration machine abrades the outermost skin layer and stimulates skin renewal. An effective skin renewal process results in increased elasticity and density. Moreover, the vacuum function of the micro derma abrasion device sucks up dirt and hardened oil to reveal an even skin texture and tone.
A: Microabrasions does not hurt. Some patients report a tingling sensation during the procedure and a mild sunburn-like feel after treatment, but there has been no evidence of pain involved in having microabrasions.
A: Freckles are a form of hyper pigmentation. They can be removed through several sessions of micro abrasion. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck.
A: By exfoliating the top layer of the skin, micro dermabration product cleans deep into the pore and removes excess oil and dirt that clog pores - which causes whiteheads. Most whiteheads are removed while the more stubborn ones become less noticeable.
A: Rosacea is one of the main contraindications of microdermabrasion, because the exfoliation process worsens rosacea symptoms (redness, itchiness, flaking). OTC microdermabration kits are not recommended either (even though they are milder).
A: By removing the top layer of skin, micro derma brasion evens out skin texture and helps erase superficial face scars. Deeper face scarring needs more invasive non-surgical techniques, like deep chemical peeling or laser skin resurface.
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