It never occurred to me that people might be looking to create their own microdermabrasion cream until someone wrote to me to ask if baking soda can be used as an ingredient. After hours of research, I can say with certainty that you cannot make your own microdermabrasion scrub from home-made remedies.
Before continuing, you might want to read about the top home microdermabrasion kits reviewed and compared by myself and my friends (I really like home microderm systems because they are convenient to use and don't break the bank) or find out more about doctor-performed microdermabrasion.
Micro dermabrasion needs a specific ingredient in order to work -- micro crystals. Without them, any exfoliation formula you may come up with is just a regular peel and nothing more. Microderm abrasion uses a blend of aluminum oxide, magnesium, sodium bicarbonate, pearl or pumice crystals.
Unfortunately, the crystals are only available as consumables to corporate clients who buy professional machines (most microderm machines need a fresh batch of crystals for each use). Therefore, it's practically impossible getting your hands on microdermabrasion crystals if you don't work for a medical clinic, salon or spa that offers the procedure.
Micro-crystals are also the active ingredient in most over-the-counter microabrasion scrubs which means you'd have to work for a company producing home micro dermabrasion kits in order to gain access to crystals.
The fact that you cannot buy crystals to make your own home-made microdermabrasion scrub is a good thing, though, even if, at first glance, it doesn't seem that way.
The abrasion caused by crystals is a somewhat stressful process for the skin. Over-the-counter micro dermabrasion scrubs use a whole bunch of other ingredients that sustain the skin in the recovery process, soothe irritations and prevent any adverse reactions (skin injuries, scarring, inflammations and pigmentary problems). Even if you could make a microderm scrub on your own to use on your face, there's a good chance it might harm your skin without you even realizing it.
Next, some of the over-the-counter microderm products I've tried.
A: Yes, doctors can perform microdermoabrasion if they have been specifically trained for it and can prove it with a diploma or certification.
A: Liver spots can be reduced or even removed entirely through several micro dermabration sessions - the flow of crystals exfoliates the top layer of the skin and evens out skin tone.
A: Rosacea is one of the main contraindications of microdermabrasion, because the exfoliation process worsens rosacea symptoms (redness, itchiness, flaking). Personal microdermabrasions kits are not recommended either (even though they are milder).
A: By resurfacing the top layer of the skin, do-it-yourself microdermasion does make a difference. It can help fight mild acne, acne scarring, clogged and enlarged pores, age and sun spots, stretch marks, freckles, and fine lines, tired and dull skin. More severe skin imperfections require more invasive procedures like laser or chemical peeling. Self microdermbrasion is also not as effective as doctor-performed microdemabrasion.
A: One major benefit is the minimum risks and side effects associated with microdermabasion Unlike dermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasions takes no more than 30-60 minutes and can be successfully used on the face as well as the body (neck, chest, back and hands). If time or money is an issue, the procedure is also available as a cheap self micro dermal abrasion kit (well known brands include Neutrogena, Mary Kay, L'Oreal, Oil of Olay, Homedics, etc). It removes only the very top skin layer which is why it's considered to be the least invasive cosmetic procedure. It doesn't require anesthesia and has virtually no down time after treatment. It can be performed on all skin types and colors without risks and side effects.
A: Compared to other non-invasive procedures, specialist microdermabrasian is the least expensive skin rejuvenation procedure. For example, microderm abrasion kits cost between $15 and $200, depending on contents and brand. Kits that include a rotating hand-held device designed to massage the crystal cream onto your face are the most expensive (and the most effective). The price of a single microdermbrasion treatment at a beauty salon or spa varies between $75 and $200. One full face session at a surgeon or dermatologist office costs somewhere between $100 and $300, not including initial consultation fees (which may cost an additional $150). You may need an average of 9 treatments and 4 maintenance sessions for best results which makes a full microdermabration treatment cost around $1,600 per year.
A: Eczema sufferers should not use microderm abrasian 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: The OTC microdermabration products from Mary Kay is effective for some people and isn't for others. There are many happy customers who say that Mary Kay product does make their skin look younger and feel smother. However, there are some unhappy consumers who say the kit is either too aggressive, causing them skin irritations and break-outs, or not very effective in removing fine scars and wrinkles. The only way to find out if the product works for you is to try to get a free sample and test the formula on your face.
A: Home microabrasion products can be used on your back as long as it's especially formulated as a body microdermabasion set. Using a face microbrasion system on your back will not have the desired result because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your back. Clinic micro derma abrasion is suitable for use on the back.
A: Microdemabrasion system 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.
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