The microdermabrasion cream may be the most important part in a home kit but the resurfacing tool plays a major part as well. The best home microabrasion products are those that best imitate the professional procedure. This is why I prefer kits that use a battery-operated, vibrating microdermabrasion tool as opposed to those where you have to use your fingers.
A microderm abrasion tool makes the kit more effective because it is more powerful, more precise and because it delivers constant, even pressure (unlike my clumsy fingers).
Thanks to their vibrations, microdermabrasion tools also help stimulate blood flow in the skin which is partly responsible for cell turnover.
Some resurfacing tools are quite powerful but powerful is not necessarily better unless it comes with increased control over the applicator. It's very easy for a vibrating microdermabrasion tool to slip which is why rubber handles are a feature I like. If a microderm tool feels less secure in your hand, you may also become too cautious to use it to the best of its abilities precisely because it may slip.
The most advanced micro dermabrasion tool is produced by Dermanew but the one from Youthful Essence also does a good job. And see my latest microdermabrasion kit review, the Personal Microderm System.
I've seen very few waterproof microdermabrasion tools but they do exist. Most of the available applicators, however, may break down if you use them under the shower or under running water. This is an important concern when you clean the tool. I remember when I broke one of my first microabrasion tools because I put it under the tap to clean it. These days, I use a damp cloth or makeup disk to thoroughly wipe it after each use.
Micro dermabrasion tools often come with a dual-speed system. The low-speed is best suited for sensitive skin and sensitive areas like nasal folds while the high-speed is best suited for normal skin and areas with thicker skin (like the forehead).
Microderma abrasion tools are usually small and easy enough to handle so you shouldn't have any problem using them comfortably on your face or body. However, it's the shape of the sponge head on top of the tool that is directly responsible for reaching hard to reach places.
Next, some of the home microderm abrasion kits I've tried.
A: By removing the top layer of the skin, office micro skin abrasion diminishes or even removes superficial acne scars. Deeper acne scars require a more invasive procedure, like deep chemical peeling or laser resurfacing.
A: Microabrasions tool 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: Self microderm abrasions tools can be used on your feet as long as it's especially formulated as a body microderm abrasian cream. Using a face microdermbrasion machine on your feet will not have the desired result because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your feet. Specialist microderm abrasions are not suitable for use on the feet because the skin is too thin in that area. However, having microdermation on your heels should work but better ask your doctor first.
A: Keratosis sufferers should not use microdermabrasia 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 microdermabrasion as well, despite its mild effect.
A: Microdermibration systems stimulate collagen growth which is why it's effective on enlarged pores. Collagen production is stimulated through skin exfoliation. Furthermore, the vacuum function of most microdermabasion 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.
A: If you have the full series of beauty salon microdermabration treatments and then a maintenance session every 2-3 months, the results will last for as long as you have maintenance procedures.
A: You should not have micro abrasion if you've used a alphahydroxy acid (AHA) product 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 OTC set and spa treatment.
A: By removing the top layer of skin, microdermabrasions even out skin texture and helps reduce superficial burn scarring. Deeper burn scars needs more invasive non-surgical techniques, like deep chemical peeling or laser facial resurfacing.
A: The right candidate for microdermabrastion is anyone over 14 who wants to get rid of superficial acne scars, blotchy skin, large pores, age or sun spots, fine wrinkles or uneven skin tone and texture. All skin types and colors can be treated with microdermbrasion. But if you are pregnant, nursing or suffering from a chronic skin disease, or have been on Accutane or had laser surgery recently, consult with a specialist before having this treatment.
A: Microdermation evens out skin texture and helps improve superficial face scars. More severe face scarring needs more advanced non-surgical techniques, like a deep chemical peel or laser face rejuvenation.
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