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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 pretty general term for an application of tiny rough grains/crystals (such as aluminum oxide, sodium bicarbonate or sodium chloride) and a suction to buff the surface layer of the skin. Your skin is made up of two primary layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the layer thats closest to the outside. The epidermis a set of skin cells on top of another layer that are in the process of maturing. The uppermost layer is called the stratum corneum. This layer mostly acts as a barrier between the outer world and the lower layers of your skin. It keeps all but the tiniest molecules from entering. When you apply lotions or creams to your skin, some amount of the moisture passes through the stratum corneum, but some can’t really penetrate it. This layer is home to a plethora of minor skin imperfections like fine wrinkle lines and blemishes. All of the action taken in microdermabrasion takes place at the level of the stratum corneum.
If you remove the stratum corneum, the body rushes to quickly replace the lost skin cells with new and healthy ones under it. With the statum corneum gone, the skin's surface looks and feels noticeably smoother. Some of your skin's visible imperfections like fine lines and sun damages are removed. Without the stratum corneum acting as a wall, topical products can finally penetrate your skin easily and be that much more effective.
Microdermabrasion must be repeated periodically to truly be effective. Avoid taking Accutane medication for a whole year prior to microdermabrasion treatments.
Unlike traditional dermabrasion or a chemical pealing, Microdermabrasion is approached progressively rather than aggressively.