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microdermabrasion2Microdermabrasion is becoming increasingly popular. The procedure is especially appealing, because it’s a relatively inexpensive, low-risk way to improve the skin. Commonly known as the “lunchtime peel,” microdermabrasion takes exfoliation to the next level. With a device resembling a sandblaster, the specialist sprays small crystals of mildly abrasive materials (like vitamin C or aluminum oxide) onto the face.  Using a combination of abrasion and suction, this 20 to 45-minute process exfoliates the top layers of skin, getting rid of dull, dead cells and superficial imperfections and can be used on any skin type.

A typical microdermabrasion may be done by first preparing the skin for the operation by cleaning off all make up and oils on the surface. Eye protection is also necessary as crystals may get into the eyes in the process if not covered. No needles or anesthetics are needed.  The speed of the machine used over the skin and the number of passes determines the effectiveness of the treatment. The skin is usually stretched to achieve tension in the area which allows the best abrasion. After the procedure, there may be a mild pinkness to the skin which normalizes rather quickly. A cooling facial mask is applied after the treatment to sooth and to refresh the skin. The stimulated blood flow to the surface of the skin increases the oxygenation, causing an enhancement of cell renewal.  The results are even more impressive if the process is repeated in secession for a few weeks. Many experts recommend as many as six to twelve sessions.

When microdermabrasion was developed in 1985, it was the business of dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. Now, however, you can find microdermabrasion at most salons. That’s because the FDA considers microdermabrasion machines a “category 1 prescription cosmetic device.”  It is always a good idea to ask the specialist about training, experience, and credentials.

What are the most impressive benefits of microdermabrasion?  It clears out clogged pores and has benefits in the reduction of acne breakouts. It enhances collagen production and helps to minimalize fine lines and age spots. It also has been effective in the revival of dull complexions and skin that has been damaged by the sun. If your skin does not require intense invasive intervention, this procedure is what you are looking for because there is relatively little risk and down time for recovery is minimal.

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Source: “FAQs.” Microdermabrasion: The “Lunchtime Peel” at Web. 18 Mar. 2013.

“Microdermabrasion.” Peels MD Atom. Web. 18 Mar. 2013.

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