There are hundreds of micro dermabrasion products on the market. Some work, some don't. Some cause adverse reactions, others are perfectly safe on sensitive skin. I've used tens of home microderm products and also had the professional procedure which makes me an experienced user. I often get asked Why pay more for microderm in a clinic or spa if home products work just as well?.
You have to remember that every company claims that their microabrasion cream or kit is the absolute best, that it's safe and just as effective as professional microderm machines and that you get maximum results immediately. You and I both know that that is just advertising and cannot be relied on.
The fact is home microdermabrasion, however advanced it may be, will never match the effectiveness of the professional treatment but some systems can replicate the effect well enough. If money is no object and you're looking for the best effect, then there's no doubt, professional micro dermabrasion is for you.
There is one major difference between home and professional microabrasion. Most microderm kits involve polishing the skin with a crystal-based cream. Unfortunately, these creams often use chemicals which irritate the skin, especially sensitive, acne-prone skin. Irritation leads to breakouts.
Professional treatment, however, only uses pure crystal flows which touch the skin for a second before they're sucked right back into the machine. Microderm machines leave nothing behind that could, potentially, trigger adverse reactions. This is a strong enough reason to always choose clinic or spa microdermabrasion over home micro abrasion (the fact that you can't always afford to is a different matter). That, and the comfort of knowing a you're in good, experienced hands.
If the crystal-cream doesn't irritate the skin, any before and after skincare products (cleansing gels, moisturizers, sunscreen) can whereas spa machines come with professional formulas designed to suit any skin type.
Next, some of the home microabrasion kits I've tried.
A: If we are talking about at-home micoderm abrasion. you should follow the instructions that come with the product (some are made for every-other day use, others can be applied only once a week). doctor-performed micro abrasion is a whole different thing: the sessions need to be scheduled at least 1-2 weeks apart, so that the skin has enough time to heal. After you finish your treatment, you will need a maintenance session once every 2-3 months.
A: You should not have microbrasion if you've had glycolic acid peeling (or any other kind of chemical peel) in the last 14 days because the two exfoliating procedures combined are too aggressive and might affect your skin's ability to recover. This applies to do-it-yourself sets and professional treatment.
A: Microderm abrasions even out skin texture and helps remove superficial pimple scars. More severe pimple scarring needs more advanced non-surgical techniques, like a deep chemical peel or laser face rejuvenation.
A: At-home microderm abrasian products can be bought online (from commercial sites like Amazon or E-bay, beauty sites or cosmetic company sites), drugstores, beauty shops, beauty salons and spas.
A: Microderm abrasion 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.
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