In my high school years, I was so interested in finding out everything there was to know about the beauty industry that I used to 'borrow' women magazines from my mother and aunts and spend my entire allowance on cosmetics.
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Before continuing, you might want to read about the top home microdermabrasion kits reviewed and compared by myself and my friends (I really like home microderm systems because they are convenient to use and don't break the bank) or find out more about doctor-performed microdermabrasion.
Fortunately for me, my parents didn't let me have a cosmetic procedure until I finished high school. I was furious with them at that time for not letting me enjoy the benefits of modern cosmetic science, but now, after finding out from my dermatologist that most cosmetic treatments are not recommended until the age of 18, I am very grateful to them.
Many young girls are interested in having microdermabrasion on active acne, pimple scars, blemished and unevenly toned skin. I believe microderm brasion is such a popular procedure among teens not only because it doesn't hurt and has no downtime, but also because it's not very expensive.
So, what do you do if your teenage girl comes rushing though the door saying she desperately needs to have microdermabration?
Don't panic. If she hasn't turned 16 yet, the answer is simple: she cannot have micro dermabrasion, neither the professional nor the at home version, under any circumstances. Its rejuvenating effect is based on the skin's recovery process: exfoliated cells are replaced by new healthier ones.
Hormonal changes during puberty affect the body's ability to recover, thus making microderm abrasion either useless, or risky. In short, your daughter's micro derma brasion treatment may cause side effects like permanent scarring and discolorations, or - best case scenario - have no results whatsoever, which would translate into a major disappointment for her and wasted money for you.
If your daughter is between 16 and 18 of age and has a real medical or severe esthetic problem (like a major scar, pigmentation problem, post acne marks or large blemishes), then you can take her to a dermatology clinic for a consultation. The specialist will analyze her skin condition and medical history, and decide whether your daughter is a good candidate for micro dermabrasion or not.
On the other hand, at home microdermabrasion kits are milder than the professional procedure and many parents are tempted to let their teen daughters use microbrasion products against acne, blemishes and pimple scars. But at home kits are not a good idea for girls who haven't turned 18, because immature complexions tend to have adverse reactions (excessive redness, breakouts, itchiness, and dryness) to many cosmetic ingredients.
To conclude, microabrasion is a safe, gentle procedure, but could cause severe side effects to patients under 18.
Next, a few words on home vs doctor microdermabrasion.
A: Home microdermabration creams can be used on your body as long as it's especially formulated as a body micro derma brasion product. Using a face micrdermabrasion cream on your body will not have the desired result because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your body. Doctor-performed micro dermabration is suitable for use on the body except for the feet where the skin is too thin.
A: Some specialists recommend using mild make-up to cover the redness on your face while others say that any type of liquid or powder foundation or any other type of cover up is absolutely forbidden in the first 2-3 days after micro skin abrasion The best thing to do is ask the doctor who performed the procedure whether you can use foundation or not immediately after the treatment.
A: Compared to other non-surgical procedures, salon microderm abrasian is the least expensive skin rejuvenation procedure. For example, microabrasion 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 microderma 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 microderm abrasion treatment cost around $1,600 per year.
A: Compared to other cosmetic procedures, microdemabrasion involves few risks: if the machine is not properly handled or has not been properly sterilized, hyperpigmentation, skin injuries or infections may occur as a result; it is also possible to inhale micro crystals used during the procedure. Aluminum oxide crystals, however, cause no allergic or adverse reactions. Eye injury from stray micro crystals used to be a concern but these days plastic or rubber goggles makes it extremely unlikely.
A: Rosacea is one of the main contraindications of microdermabrasion, because the exfoliation process worsens rosacea symptoms (redness, itchiness, flaking). Do-it-yourself micro dermabration devices are not recommended either (even though they are milder).
A: Professional cosmetic microderm abrasion tool is appropriate for all skin types (including those with sensitive 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 office micro dermal abrasion helps the skin renew itself quicker and more effectively.
A: Microdermabarasion cream removes the outermost layer of the skin by sandblasting it with a jet of micro crystals. During the procedure, part of the pigment is physically eliminated and, at the same time, collagen production is stimulated so that your skin regains its density and elasticity. After 6 to 12 microdermasion treatments, smaller sun spots are entirely removed while larger ones fade significantly.
A: Since you cannot use a professional microdermal abrasion machine on your own without professional training, the only way to perform this procedure on your own is to use an at-home commercial kit. These kits contain cloths, sponges, rotating applicators, crystal creams, pre- and post-care formulas. All you have to do is follow the instructions that come with the product.
A: Microderma brasion is safe for young people of all skin types but most doctors recommend it for patients 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: It depends. Usually, exfoliating products for the body are a bit harsh for the delicate skin on your neck. It's probably not the best idea to treat your neck with a body microdermal abrasion cream you might get irritations or severe injuries.
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