When it comes to acne, finding the right solution for you can be difficult, costly, and time consuming. We all face issues with acne. It may be caused by hormones, medication, or simply our genetic makeup. Acne can be a topic that is difficult to face or broach. One technique that might just help with your acne – as well as other skin concerns – is Microdermabrasion.
What Is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a procedure that uses no chemicals or invasive techniques to help remove the layer of dry or dead skin cells that sits atop your healthy, living skin. This process helps revitalize and rejuvenate your skin.
In addition to treating acne, microdermabrasion is thought to be great for other skin issues; such as skin texture, pore clogging, sun spots, and even wrinkles.
This process is great for any and every skin type or color. When done correctly, this gentle procedure doesn’t result in the scarring of skin. Microdermabrasion is typically something that doesn’t take very long – it can be done both in a dermatologist’s office and at home!
A History of Microdermabrasion
The study and development of microdermabrasion began in the late 20th century, in Italy.
Since its inception, this treatment has been shown to be an effective, low risk procedure, especially when compared to methods like chemical peeling or harsher dermabrasion techniques.
How Microdermabrasion Works
Microdermabrasion works with tiny crystals that are gently sprayed onto your skin. These tiny crystals help exfoliate the outer-most layer of your skin, helping the healthy skin underneath to be rejuvenated.
After the crystals do their job with the exfoliation process, the dead skin cells and the rest of the crystals are cleared away to reveal the healthier, younger skin underneath.
There are two unique ways that microdermabrasion can happen: one that is more commonly done by professionals, and the other done using products that you have at home.
That first method uses a stream of the tiny crystals, which may be made of such products as sodium chlorine or aluminum oxide. The stream is typically a high-pressure stream; the high-pressure ensures that the dead skin cells will be effectively cleared away.
Of course, the removal of the tiny crystals and debris is another important part of this process. For this, in professional methods, a small suction device is used to get rid of the dead skin cells and other after-effects of the high-pressure stream.
This suction process can be adjusted depending on your specific skin sensitivity. These kinds of treatments are typically very quick; they tend to vary from just 5 minutes to under 1 hour.
The second method may use natural exfoliants (such as seeds or minerals) to be rubbed across the skin for a general exfoliation process.
This process is much like simply washing your face. You use the microdermabrasion product, which often comes in a gel or paste, and gently rub it onto the areas you’d like to focus on.
After you’ve gently rubbed the product in, you then wash it from your face, getting rid of any dead skin cells or leftover product.
Acne Benefits From Microdermabrasion
While it’s true that microdermabrasion can have many benefits for your skin, acne is one thing in particular that this process is thought to be great for.
The treatment, while most commonly performed on the face, can be used to treat acne in several places on the body, including the back, chest, and neck.
Softer, smoother skin is another benefit of microdermabrasion. As the particles from microdermabrasion help rid your skin of dead skin cells, they can also help unclog pores that may later form acne.
This makes microdermabrasion both an effective method of treating and preventing acne.
Of course, it’s important to think about your skin and any sensitivities that you might have when determining which methods of microdermabrasion you’d like to use, as well as how often you’ll be using them.
How Often Can You Perform The Procedure?
It all depends on your particular skin and your particular skin goals. As a rule of thumb, you can treat acne with microdermabrasion methods as often as every week.
It’s been noted that microdermabrasion can also help with scarring from acne. By helping gently remove the dead skin cells from the affected area, microdermabrasion helps allow healthy, new skin to receive the nutrients it needs.
This treatment may not only result in softer, smoother skin, but may also help reduce the visibility of those previous acne scars.
Microdermabrasion is a relatively low-impact treatment. Recovery is faster. As this process is purely superficial, your skin doesn’t necessarily need as much recovery time as it might after a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment.
Microdermabrasion is a great way to both treat and prevent acne. With easy at-home and professional techniques, this particular treatment is one that is not only cost effective, it is one that doesn’t require a lot of time for skin recovery.
This low-impact treatment is not only great for acne, it also helps to address a number of skin conditions. Wrinkles, sun spots, and general sun damage are thought to be easily treatable with microdermabrasion. Of course, your uses of microdermabrasion may differ depending on your skin type and skin goals.
Finally, this treatment is effective for just about everyone, no matter their skin color or type. This particular treatment is a great way to get rid of dead skin cells and help unclog pores that may later cause acne, and is easy to incorporate into your weekly routine.