Achieve Smoother and Softer Skin with Microdermabrasion
Acne scars and wrinkles may leave skin looking dull and rough. Makeup application may not go so smoothly — no pun intended. Microdermabrasion works to slough away dead skin cells and reveal a smoother complexion. A subtle result is provided from this procedure and more than one may be necessary to yield the desired results. Patience is key. The exfoliation that microdermabrasion provides can help skin to better absorb other products that may be applied to it, such as serums and moisturizers that will help to further address scarring and wrinkles.
Dermatologists will use a microdermabrasion machine, which contains tiny crystals that work to exfoliate the skin. It is placed on the skin in long strokes and works somewhat like a vacuum cleaner for the skin. Some patients say that the procedure feels like a cat licking the skin (think of the rough surface of a cat’s tongue). Unlike many other procedures that work to refine the surface of the skin, microdermabrasion doesn’t require much downtime. However, the skin may appear pink for a few hours afterwards.
The skin will appear smoother and softer afterwards. The sun should be avoided as much as possible after the procedure. If you don’t already apply sunscreen daily be sure to wear an SPF of at least 30 or greater to protect your skin from the sun after the procedure. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun since microdermabrasion physically removes the outermost layer of the skin. During this time, your skin will be more prone to sun damage, so it is imperative to run for cover and stay out of the harsh rays of the sun.
There are very few side effects from microdermabrasion, but the tiny crystals that are sprayed onto the skin have some risk of getting into the eyes during the procedure. However, your skin care provider should provide you with protective goggles to wear during the procedure to ensure that this doesn’t happen. You may have to avoid applying makeup for 24 hours after the procedure, as your skin may be extra sensitive.