What To Look For in Microdermabrasion Sponges

Most microdermabrasion tools use a soft sponge or foam head which vibrate along with the applicator to massage the crystal cream into the skin. Home users like myself have less control over the applicator than professionals handling office machines do.

Companies producing over-the-counter microderm kits cannot make the applicator area touching the skin hard because it significantly increases the risk of injury (mostly through mishandling). Microdermabrasion sponge heads easily snap into place and can be just as easily removed. Sponges come in different shapes and sizes to fit large or small areas as well as hard-to-reach places. Triangular and tear-drop shaped sponges are best for use behind the ears or the sides of the nose.

Micro dermabrasion sponges get used over time and need to be replaced. Most kits come with 2 round sponge heads but some have 3-4 differently shaped sponges.

How To Use Microdermabrasion Sponges?

I usually dab a small amount of microderm abrasion cream onto the soft sponge head then gently massage the skin using circular motions for 1-3 minutes. The microderm sponge spreads the cream with even, constant pressure. I clean my microdermabrasion sponge after every use using antibacterial soap or normal cleanser. I rinse it, let it dry and store it in a dry place.

With some cheaper home kits, microdermabrasion sponges embedded with fine aluminum oxide crystals replace the resurfacing tool and crystal cream altogether. You simply massage your skin for 3-4 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.

Next, some of the home micro dermabrasion kits I've tried.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I Use Micro Dermabrasion On Tattoos?

A: You can safely have microderm abrasian on skin with tattoos with no risk or side effects. This skin rejuvenation procedure is too mild to affect tattoos.

Q: Does Microdermabration Help Restore Liver Spots?

A: Liver spots can be reduced or even removed entirely through several microderm abrasions - the flow of crystals exfoliates the top layer of the skin and evens out skin tone.

Q: Does Micro Dermabrasion Help Treat Scars?

A: By removing the top layer of skin, micro derma abrasion evens out skin texture and helps remove superficial scars. Deeper scarring needs more invasive non-surgical techniques, like deep chemical peeling or laser facial resurfacing.

Q: Does Micro Dermabration Work With Accutane (Isotretinoin)?

A: Microdermabration 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 microdermal abrasion while on Accutane may cause permanent scarring. This applies to home cream and clinic treatment.

Q: Does Microdermbrasion Make Enlarged Pores Smaller?

A: Microdemabrasion tool 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 microdermabrasion 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 Qualifications Do I Need For Microdermabrasion?

A: Microdemabrasion units can only be operated by people with specific theoretical and practical training. Since this procedure is still relatively new, regulations regarding microderm abrasion qualification vary from state to state. Generally speaking, for a person to perform professional in-office micro derm abrasion. one needs to conclude a supervised 14 to 30 hour training and pass a practical exam with the institution offering the course. This institution can be a large spa, a vocational school, a dermatology clinic, a beauty academy or a device manufacturer.

Q: Does Microdermal Abrasion From Derma E Work?

A: The Self derma microabrasion set from Derma E works for some people and doesn't work for others. There are many satisfied consumers who say that Derma E 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: Can You Go Out In The Sun After Micro Dermabrasion?

A: Avoid staying in the sun for 7 days after microdermabrasian treatment to prevent damaging UV rays from having a negative impact on skin recovery.

Q: What Does Micro Dermal Abrasion Do For Men?

A: Men can use micro abrasion just as women can. The procedure and results are the same, there are no side effects or risks. The procedure and results are the same, there are no side effects or risks.

Q: Does Microderm Abrasion Help Remove Stretch Marks?

A: Stretch marks appear on your skin as uneven skin tone and texture. By exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin, microbrasion set evens out skin tone and texture, thus reducing or totally removing stretchmarks.