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Microdermabrasion is a gentle skin resurfacing treatment that can rejuvenate and restore the natural glow to the skin, without the need for downtime.
Microdermabrasion is a general term for the application of tiny rough grains or crystals (aluminum oxide, sodium chloride or sodium bicarbonate) and suction to buff away the surface layer of the skin. Your skin is made up of two main layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the layer closest to the outside world. It's a set of skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through. When you put lotions or creams on your skin, some of the moisture passes through the stratum corneum, but some can’t penetrate it. This layer is home to many minor skin imperfections like fine wrinkle lines and blemishes. All of the action in microdermabrasion takes place at the level of the stratum corneum.
If you remove or break up the stratum corneum, the body rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new and healthy ones below. And with the statum corneum gone, the skin's surface looks and feels smoother. Some of the skin's visible imperfections like fine lines and sun damage are removed. And without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, topical products can now penetrate the skin more easily and be effective.
Microdermabrasion must be repeated periodically to be effective. Avoid taking Accutane medication for one year prior to microdermabrasion treatments.
Unlike traditional dermabrasion or chemical pealing, Microdermabrasion is done progressively instead of aggressively.