What To Look For in Over-the-Counter Microderm Systems

I know how difficult it is to find the right product for your skin. I have been trying different skincare formulas for the last 15 years and still cannot say I've discovered the ideal regimen for my skin. It's a process based on trial and error that takes patience, money and last, but not least, a little bit of courage. With microdermabrasion, years of searching for the perfect product led me to conclude that the best home kit should have:

Must read: My Personal Microdermabrasion System Review

There are a number of personal microabrasion kits that are quite close to my ideal kit. Dermanew, Youthful Essence and the recent Personal Microderm System are the best products I've tried so far. Other personal kits use good products as well, but on the whole, they weren't as good as I'd hoped. For example, I liked the Neutrogena microdermabrasion cream, but didn't care much for their sponges.

Before and After Skincare

I have my own cleanser and moisturizer which I use religiously (they work very well on my skin) and I am reluctant to use any before or after creams, gels and moisturizers that come with a personal micro dermabrasion system. However, experience has showed me that these can be very good products.

Most home microabrasion kits have at least one skincare product designed to help the skin before and/or after treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How Can Microderma Help Remove Acne Scarring?

A: By removing the top layer of the skin, professional microabrasion diminishes or even removes superficial acne scarring. Deeper acne scarring require a more invasive procedure, like a deep chemical peel or laser skin resurfacing.

Q: What Is The Difference Between Microabrasion And Chemical Peeling?

A: Chemical peeling involve applying a mild acid solution to the skin that exfoliates the upper layers of the skin, while microdermabrasions is a mechanical peel that uses a stream of crystals (or a diamond tip wand) and suction to gently exfoliate the skin. Deeper chemical peels can be more effective than.

Q: What To Avoid Before Having Microderm Abrasion?

A: Avoid smoking, sunbathing and waxing 14 days before microderm abrasian and stop using Retin-A, Renova, Differin or any glycolic acid products that you may be applying on regular basis.

Q: Microdermabrasion Is It Effective On The Neck?

A: Home microdermibrasion tools can be used on your neck as long as it's especially formulated as a face micro derma abrasion cream (unless otherwise stated). Using a body microabrasion system on your neck may be too harsh and result in irritation. Beauty Salon microdermabrasion is suitable for use on the neck.

Q: Does Microderma From Nutrogena Work?

A: The Personal macrodermabrasion sets from Neutrogena is effective for some people and isn't for others. There are many satisfied consumers who say that Nutrogena set does make their skin look younger and feel smother. On the other hand, there are some unhappy costumers who say the kit is either too harsh, causing them irritations or break outs, or not very effective in diminishing fine scars and wrinkles. The only way to find out if the set works for you is to try to get a free sample and test the formula on your skin.

Q: Is Micro Abrasion Safe If You Have Keratosis?

A: Keratosis sufferers should not use microdermabrasia 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.

Q: Does Microdermabrasion Hurt?

A: Microdermbrasion 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 microdermal abrasions.

Q: Microdermabrasion Is It Good For Freckles?

A: Freckles are a form of hyper pigmentation. They can be removed through several sessions of microderm abrasions. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck.

Q: Micro Abrasion Is It Good On Enlarged Pores?

A: Microdermabrasions tools stimulate collagen growth which is why it's effective on enlarged pores. Collagen production is stimulated through skin exfoliation. Furthermore, the vacuum function of most microabrasions machines 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.

Q: What Are The Advantages Associated With Microdermabration?

A: One major advantage is the minimum risks and side effects associated with micro abrasion Unlike dermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing, microdermbrasion 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 home microdermabrasion product (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.