If you’ve just discovered microdermabrasion and you’re thinking of buying a machine to be able to do the treatments yourself at home, you’ve made a great choice.
Microdermabrasion is a very effective treatment for a range of skin conditions, but it is also a great idea for those who simply want to keep their skin looking glowing and fresh. Many salons offer microdermabrasion treatments as part of their menu, but these are often higher in price over time. You will pay every time you go, and you also need to free up the time to schedule in an appointment. This isn’t suitable for everyone, which is why at home machines have become so popular.
Once you’ve found a machine which is within your price range and suits your requirements, your next question is likely to be ‘how often should you do microdermabrasion?’ A logical question!
It’s not only about knowing what to do, it’s just as important to know how often to do it. If you do microdermabrasion treatments too often, you run the risk of potentially damaging your skin, but if you get it right, you will reap the major rewards. Before we get to that, let’s run through the logical order of things.
Who is Suitable For Microdermabrasion?
Most skin types are suitable for microdermabrasion, however if you have any severe conditions then you should have a quick word with your doctor beforehand, just to be on the safe side. If you have an active lesion, e.g. a burn, or a cut, and if you have warts or keloids in the area, you should steer clear of microdermabrasion in that area.
Pregnant women should also wait until after they have delivered their baby before opting for microdermabrasion.
Generally speaking, the following conditions are ideal for microdermabrasion:
- Uneven pigmentation
- Clogged or enlarged pores
- Acne and superficial acne scarring
- Skin prone to blackheads
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Superficial scarring
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Stretchmarks – Yes, you can use microdermabrasion on areas other than your face and neck!
How Often to do Microdermabrasion
You should make sure that you don’t go OTT with your new microdermabrasion machine and that you give your skin time to recover between treatments. Read the instructions on the market and go by the advice on there, as many products vary in terms of strength. Dermatologists recommend that you should wait two weeks before having another treatment however.
Do remember that how often you use microdermabrasion does really hinge on the conditions you have, and your skin type.
After around 8 to 10 treatments, you should have achieved the results you wanted and you should notice that your skin is looking brighter and more youthful, and that any conditions have improved quite dramatically. After this, you can cut down your treatments to occasional maintenance, e.g. once per month as a top up.
Will I Get The Same Results as in a Salon if I Use a Home Microdermabrasion Machine?
The quality of your results depends on a number of factors, including your skin type, any conditions you have, and how you use the machine. Overall, microdermabrasion machines these days are on par with salon quality, so provided you follow the instructions and do as it says in the manual, you should be able to achieve salon quality results, in the comfort of your own home.
The plus side of this is that you can schedule in your treatments around your busy life, and you don’t have to wait for an opening at your local salon. Remember, salons are often busy, and especially around festive times of the year, it can be hard to get an appointment. You don’t have this problem when you choose an at home solution.
The main points to remember are:
- Each machine is likely to be different in terms of strength and how you use it, so make sure that you take the time to familiarise yourself with the instructions before you use it for the first time. Never be tempted to go against the instructions as you run the risk of damaging your skin if you do this
- Make sure you cleanse your skin prior to using your machine and use fragrance-free, and oil-free products to avoid drying your skin out
- After cleansing, pat your skin dry using a towel and make sure that your skin is completely dry before you begin to use your microdermabrasion machine
- Use the machine in one hand, and with your other hand, pull the skin tight for the best results
- Never pass over the same area of skin more than twice maximum
- Use a toner after your treatment to re-balance the oil pH levels in your skin, and then use your regular moisturising product
- Wear sun protection if you are going outside after your treatment
- Try not to wear make up for around 24 hours after your treatment, to let your skin heal
Are There Any Side Effects to Microdermabrasion?
If you notice any major side effect, e.g. extreme redness or pain, then you should seek medical help. Overall, you should not notice anything extremely upsetting after a microdermabrasion treatment, with only slight redness or tightness, which should disappear over the following few hours. Some users report very slight bruising the first time they use a microdermabrasion machine and this could be due to sensitive skin, and it won’t happen again after the first time, or it could be that you had the suction setting on your machine on a little too high, and you just nee to turn it down to the setting below, the next time you use it.
Microdermabrasion shouldn’t hurt and it shouldn’t cause any lasting damage or discomfort. This is a moderately non-invasive procedure which is designed to be quick and effective. The the time to familiarise yourself with your machine and make sure you have the technique right, and you should be able to obtain that perfect skin you’ve always dreamed of, in the comfort of your own home.