While searching for good cosmetic products, I've come across a few companies who design and sell "organic" skin care brands. That's when I first asked myself whether an organic microdermabrasion kit exists or not. After some investigating, I've come to the conclusion that since every kit has at least one synthetic ingredient, a 100% organic at home micro dermabrasion product doesn't exist. But that doesn't mean you should stop using personal microderm abrasion kits. Here is why.
Organic means using only 100% naturally-farmed ingredients. In theory, organic products (food, cosmetics, mattresses and fabrics) are healthier than products with chemically obtained ingredients.
However, some chemicals are both necessary and safe for the human body. For instance, the preservatives used in the skin care industry are designed to make our favorite cosmetic products last for as long as two years.
Furthermore, synthetic ingredients are much cheaper than natural ingredients and make products more effective. Propylene glycol, for example, exists in minute concentrations in many skin care products because it helps the product glide on more easily while natural substances do not.
To make sure I don't take any chances with chemicals that may harm my skin, I carefully read the ingredient list. Ingredients in the top third of the list make up for about 93-95% of the product; the middle third accounts for 3-5% of the product, while the bottom third make up for no more than 2%. Search for cosmetics that have only natural ingredients at the top of the list, because a high concentration of chemicals may cause allergic reactions, rashes, and even long term skin problems.
Micro crystals, the main ingredient of home microderm abrasion creams, are synthetic but they are perfectly safe. They are not toxic, pose no risk if ingested and don't clog pores.
Most microdermabrasion products have as main ingredients water and natural extracts. I've carefully read the ingredient list of all the products reviewed on this site. None of them is dangerous to your skin.
Don't use products that have any of the following chemicals in the first and middle third part of the ingredient list: Methylparaben, Benzyl Acetate, Diamonophenol, DEA, Formaldehyde, Talc, Methylisothiazolinon, Methyl, Ethyl, Propyl, Metheneamine, D&C, FD&C and Resorcinol. Products that contain suspicious ingredients in the bottom third of the ingredient list are also considered safe, because the bottom listing means that the chemical is present in minute concentration (probably less than 2%) and cannot cause side effects.
Next, some of the personal microderm abrasion kits I've tried.
A: Psoriasis patients should not have microderm abrasion 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 microabrasion as well, despite its mild effect.
A: Microderm is safe for young women (and men) of all skin types but most doctors recommend it for girls 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: Microderma machine is effective on fine lines. It evens out skin texture through abrasion of the top layer of skin. The effect is a reduction or even total removal of fine lines.
A: Home micro dermal abrasion systems can be used on your feet as long as it's especially formulated as a body microderma tool. Using a facial microdermabrasion system on your feet will not have the desired results because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your feet. Dermatologist-performed microdermal abrasions is not suitable for use on the feet because the skin is too thin in that area. However, having microabrasions on your heels should work but better ask your doctor first.
A: Uneven skin tone is the result of a skin disorder called hyperpigmentation. It can be evened out through several sessions of microdermabrasions. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck.
A: Better-looking skin needs elasticity and density, both achievable through skin cell renewal. Microdermibrasion system 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 microderm tool sucks up dirt and hardened oil to reveal an even skin texture and tone.
A: No. The eye area should not be treated with any microbrasion products, because the skin is extremely sensitive there and all those micro crystals could severely damage the skin. The only way to get rid of scars and fine lines around the eyes is diamond (crystal free) professional microdermbrasion.
A: By exfoliating the top layer of the skin, Microdem abrasion creams clean deep into the pore and removes excess oil and dirt that clog pores - which causes blackheads. Most blackheads are removed while more stubborn blackheads are reduced.
A: Micodermabrasion pulverizes away the dead skin layer (the outermost layer) in order to even out skin texture and diminish superficial face scars. Deeper face scarring needs more invasive non-surgical techniques, like deep chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing.
A: Yes, dermatologists can perform macrodermabrasion if they have been specifically trained for it and can prove it with a diploma or certification.
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