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Microdermabrasion- A new look

It’s all about the new, rejuvenated look. You can now get rid of the those old acne scars, the enlarged pores and the fine lines which make your skin look dull with the microdermabrasion procedure, a procedure which removes the dull and dead skin with micro aluminum oxide or a diamond-tipped wand.

Microdermabrasion is a procedure to remove the dull and dead skin to promote the growth of glowing skin. It removes the smaller acne scars, covers the enlarged pores and gives better skin color. It is a non surgical, non invasive treatment that can be done in spas, salons and clinics or homes.

The face has to be cleansed thoroughly of oil or all evidence of make-up. Protective covering over the eyes is a must, as the fine crystals used in the treatment could create problem. The procedure involves a jet of natural mineral crystals sprayed on the face and then it is all vacuumed back.

One of the advantages of microdermabrasion is that the patients don’t have to take any time off work or play. However, specialists point out that the laser and the more advanced chemical peel treatments are superior in some ways but there is a down time for both these treatments.

Some pundits would argue that a combo treatment of laser or chemical peels with microdermabrasion delivers better results. Once the top layer is removed, it is easier for other medications to get through. Patients trying to improve their skin color would find that after the microdermabrasion treatment, bleaching agents are more effective.

Some of the combo treatments have to be repeated for better effect especially to reduce the fine lines and wrinkles. Experts advise that the microdermabrasion procedure when combined with glycolic acid or retinoic acid helps to tighten the skin as it acts on the collagen agents in the skin.

Microdermabrasion is likely to see you go red in the face and also might give your face a rather taut look. In most cases these conditions last only a day. In some cases the skin tends to peel. Best to ask a doctor on the use of sunscreens and lotions

Those with a history of herpes simplex around the lips should take the doctor’s advice for medication before the procedure. Patients, on Accutane, (a drug used in the treatment of acne) are advised to wait for six to 12 months before any skin resurfacing treatment, as Accutane increases skin sensitivity.

Teenagers and pregnant/nursing mothers are advised to wait, before undergoing the treatment. Doctors advise to postpone the treatment so that hormones don’t inhibit or change the effect of the treatment. Those suffering from keratosis, undiagnosed lesions, active rosacea or acne are also asked not to undergo microdermabrasion treatments.

So what are the risks? The main one is when the procedure is carried out in unsanitary conditions with poorly trained personnel. A fallout of poor training is that sometimes the jet of crystals are released at a higher velocity than recommended which would cause the skin to be perforated.

Microdermabrasion can assist you. There are many different sites you can turn to online that is going to tell you about the microdermabrasion treatment.