My nose is like a blackhead colony. If I were to count all the clogged pores on my nose I'd have hundreds, if not thousands. Add another few hundred enlarged pores and you have the typical, imperfect nose. But you know what, the microdermabrasion I had for my first wrinkles and acne scars worked on my pores as well.
Enlarged pores is not a serious condition and, in my opinion, does not warrant invasive treatment such as laser or deep chemical peeling (unless you have it for a specific condition and it also helps with your pores in the process). The side effects and risks are simply not worth it, which is why micro dermbrasion is so attractive, because it's the most gentle of all non-surgical rejuvenation procedures (alongside mild chemical peels).
What happens is that professional micro dermabrasion peels off the outermost layer of skin, abrading the blackheads off (or at least the head of the plug). The suction then effectively pulls out the remaining dirt and hardened oil from the pores. It also stimulates collagen production which increases elasticity in the skin (healthy, elastic skin is essential for keeping your pores tight). When the natural oil reaches the surface of the skin, the pores return to their natural shape and size because there's nothing left stuck inside to enlarge them.
I hate my pores. Even if I have them unclogged with microderm abrasion, blackheads will continue to form. But however unaesthetic my pores may be, whether large or tight, they play a vital role in skin physiology: if you had no pores, your hair wouldn't have what to grow out of. The skin oil that keeps the skin PH-balanced and healthy would also have no way of reaching the surface.
Basically, a pore is the opening of the follicle onto the surface of the skin. It helps the sebaceous oil reach the top layer of the skin, once this is released in the hair follicle by the sebaceous glands. In other words, the pore is that small opening through which both skin oil (also known as sebum) and the hair reach the surface of the skin.
Next, some of the personal microderm abrasion products I've tried.
A: Micrdermabrasion set 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: Glycolic acid is used as a light chemical peel. It removes the uppermost layer of skin. Light chemical peels and micro derma abrasion are both non-invasive procedures that can also be performed at-home with special consumer kits. Neither has any major risks or side-effects and both have limited effectiveness. They can help diminish or even remove superficial scarring and wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks and uneven skin texture. For deeper skin imperfections, you may need a more invasive procedure.
A: Over The Counter microdemabrasion products can be used on your body as long as it's especially formulated as a body micro derma abrasion set. Using a face micodermabrasion product on your body will not have the desired effects because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your body. Spa microderm abrasions are suitable for use on the body except for the feet where the skin is too thin.
A: This procedure exfoliates the top layer of skin which consists of dead skin cells. Microderma set stimulates collagen production, essential to healthy skin and also removes blotchy skin texture and tone.
A: Keratosis sufferers should not use microdermabration This procedures is somewhat invasive to the skin (any skin rejuvenation treatment is to some extent) and can worsen their condition. This applies to self micro skin abrasion as well, despite its mild effect.
A: Compared to other non-surgical procedures, dermatologist-performed microdermabrasions is the least expensive skin rejuvenation procedure. For example, microdermabration 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 microdermabasion 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 micro dermal abrasion treatment cost around $1,600 per year.
A: Microdermibrasion kit is effective on uneven pigmentation The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck. Several doctor-performed microabrasions are required to even out skin tone and get rid of irregular pigmentation.
A: According to thousands of online testimonials, specialist microdermabration does live up to expectations But like in most non-surgical procedures, results depend on your medical condition, on your body's ability to recover and on who performs the procedure on you. Most patients who have tried micro derm abrasion say the treatment worked well in removing enlarged pores, stretch marks, acne scars, age spots, fine lines, red marks, and dull skin More serious skin imperfections cannot be treated with this non-invasive technique, because it only removes the top layer of the skin, not being able to reach deeper layers of skin.
A: Rosacea is one of the main contraindications of microdermabrasion, because the exfoliation process worsens rosacea symptoms (redness, itchiness, flaking). Self microderma sets are not recommended either (even though they are milder).
A: Microdemabrasion is not recommended if you've had a chemical peel (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, TCA, Jessner or any other kind of 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 home cream and clinic treatment.
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