Every woman would like to imagine having a magic wand they could wave over their face that would reveal brand new skin. The sun creates brown patches and spots, acne or accidents cause scars and time leads to fine lines and wrinkles. It is a constant battle to reduce the appearance of imperfections and improve skin texture. Luckily, a magic wand is available and it is not only found at a salon or in a dermatologist’s office.
Improving the Skin
Microdermabrasion is an advanced exfoliating technique that uses diamond tip wands or crystals to blast away dead skin cells and reveal the new skin underneath. It speeds up the normal shedding process so the new skin appears sooner. The result is firmer skin, the elimination of many problem areas like brown spots and mild scars and a general improvement in smoothness and appearance.
Understanding the Process
The process of microdermabrasion injures the skin by removing the surface layer. This stimulates the normal wound healing process which includes increasing the production of collagen along with a protein known as cytokeratin 16 to help the skin to rebuild. The increase helps the revealed skin to feel tighter and eliminate the signs of wrinkles. Removing the damaged surface skin helps to fade scars and spots.
Performing the Exfoliation
Personal microdermabrasion kits are the easiest way for people to have an affordable and quick way to treat their skin. The tool is used on clean skin and takes approximately 5-10 minutes to perform. The small wand is directed around the skin in a specific manner that is detailed in the guides that come with the microdermabrasion kit. The user is able to control how aggressively it exfoliates. A small suction tool collects the removed skin and helps to boost circulation at the same time the exfoliation is taking place. The skin may feel tender and look a little pink following the treatment.
A medical study was performed on the at-home kits that offered aggressive microdermabrasion and reported on the study in a publication called the Archives of Dermatology. The final results concluded that they were effective at removing minor scars and wrinkles, sun spots and other blemishes. Consistent use improved the texture and smoothness of the skin. The common side effects of redness and tingling were noted to disappear within 2-4 hours after the treatment.