How effective is a personal microderm system compared to professional dermabrasion? This is by far the most common question I get and it's no wonder. There is so much confusion on the topic and most of it is due to dishonest advertising practiced by many companies selling home microdermabrasion kits. I used quite a few of these personal abrasion systems and also had professional microdermabrasion which puts me in a good position to tell you which of these products work and which of them actually compare with the real microderm abrasion.
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Most of these home micro dermabrasion products may do some skin peeling but their effects are so mild that they shouldn't even be called microdermabrasion kits. But there are a handful of personal systems that imitate the professional procedure fairly well and the results are surprising (at least Youthful Essence, Dermanew and the Personal Microderm System, which I've tried myself, were).
I prefer the comfort of knowing a professional is doing the procedure rather than rub microdermabrasion cream against my face with my bare hands. This is why I always choose professional microabrasion as the main treatment (if I can afford to) and only use home micro dermabrasion systems to maintain the results.
You could also try personal microderm kits first, before the professional peeling, to get an idea of what microdermabarasion can do for your skin (this applies only to those products which come closest to the office treatment in terms of effectiveness; with all the others, you might just end up disappointed with the whole concept of 'microdermabration').
Whichever route you take, remember that just like professional microderm abrasion, home systems:
I've compiled a comprehensive list of differences between office and home microdermabrasion in the table below.
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A: If the microdermoabrasion home kit or want is not handled properly, skin damage may occur. Extreme pressure of the flow of crystals or insisting over the same area may lead to severe scarring. Having microderma treatment while taking Accutane or immediately after a chemical peel might also cause scarring and inflammation.
A: This procedure exfoliates the top layer of skin which consists of dead skin cells. Microdem abrasion machine stimulates collagen production, essential to healthy skin and also evens out skin texture and tone.
A: We recommend that you wait until you deliver your baby and finish the nursing period before microdermation Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and nursing and microdermbrasion tools may cause irritation or severe scarring. This procedure is also not recommended for pregnant and nursing women because hormonal changes during this period may reduce the effectiveness of the procedure.
A: Micro derma brasion set stimulates collagen growth which is why it's effective on enlarged pores. Collagen production is stimulated through skin exfoliation. Furthermore, the vacuum function of most microderm abrasions devices 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.
A: By resurfacing the top layer of the skin, personal microdermibrasion does work. 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 microderma is also not as effective as professional microderm abrasion.
A: Microdermibrasion is not recommended for patients taking Accutane. This acne treatment works by reducing the amount of oil produced by the skin's sebaceous glands which reduces the skin's ability to recover after body or facial exfoliation. Having microderm abrasion while on Accutane may cause permanent scarring. This applies to OTC kit and office treatment.
A: Home microdermation product is appropriate for all skin colors (including Asian skin ) because this procedure sandblasts only the outermost skin layer which is made of dead skin cells. There's no damage to live tissue which could cause scarring or severe irritation. The exfoliation process involved in specialist microdermabrasion helps the skin renew itself quicker and more effectively.
A: You can use cosmetic microderm abrasion on tattooed skin with no risk or side effects. This skin resurfacing technique is too mild to remove tattoos.
A: Uneven skin tone is the result of a skin disorder called hyperpigmentation. It can be evened out through several sessions of microabrasions. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck.
A: Do-It-Yourself microdermabarasion sets can be used on your decollete as long as it's especially formulated as a body microdermabrasions system. Using a face microderm kit on your decollete will not have the desired effect because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your back. Beauty Salon microderm is suitable for use on the decollete.
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