Microdermabrasion at Home Treatment Procedures (Is it Safe?)

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Microdermabrasion has many benefits, it does everything from removing wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, correcting uneven skin tone to opening up your pores. This treatment is most popular in the United States of America, but it is becoming more popular globally as we speak.

The reasons behind this popularity include the treatments low-budget properties, as well as the non-chemical, low-risk method, non surgical method which helps you achieve a healthy skin and be easily included into your skincare routine.

Regardless, there are still a few microdermabrasion side effects that you should be aware of before undergoing this treatment. In this article, I’ll inform you of the risks and give you some warning advice so that you’ll be well-informed before you make any decision about using microdermabrasion.

If you’re interested in plowing ahead knowing exactly what’s coming, then read on!

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Basics of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion treatments require the use of a handheld device. Typically, a dermatologist would use the device and perform the skin care treatment, though people have been known to buy some automatic devices for home mircodermabrasion. Here are some of the reviews of Microdermabrasion tools and Microdermabrasion cream and paste to be used at home. While this is convenient, if you’re unsure about how you can go about it, I would recommend going to a dermatologist anyway.

The idea is that the device shoots fine crystals onto the surface of your skin, which will exfoliate the skin and blow off dead skin cells. The crystals then attach themselves to any loose skin cells. The device then vacuums the crystals up off the skin, taking the loose skin with them.

The full process will remove most if not all dangerous germs and unwanted spots on your skin. Some of the major effects achieved by the microdermabrasion treatment are the following:

  • Corrects Oily or Dull Skin
  • Fades Dark or Age Spots
  • Heals Clogged or Enlarged Pores
  • Smoothens Out Unwanted Fine Lines from Aging Skin and Scars
  • Balances the Pigmentation of Your Skin
  • Improves Collagen Production

That last one, collagen, helps to strengthen your skin cells and lets them work together better. A higher level of collagen will improve the overall health of skin and  complexion as your skin will rip or break far less often.

How Many Treatments do You Need?

The microdermabrasion treatment won’t correct everything in a single session. Most people require between five to sixteen separate sessions, two weeks apart each. The longest the process will take is just over half a year at that rate. However, it also may just take two and a half months to see an improvement.

While all these benefits sound amazing, there are still things to consider before undergoing the process. It is quite safe, but some factors may cause problematic side effects. On top of that, not everyone knows how to perform it correctly.

Read on to learn more about what to be aware of and what to avoid:

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Minor Side Effects

Assuming the microdermabrasion procedure is completed correctly, the common side effects of microdermabrasion you’re likely to notice are slight irritation in the skin and redness in your skin color at the treated areas. However, the recovery time for it is at a maximum of 24 hours. Thus, within a day your skin will be back to normal, thanks to the improved healing ability of your body system.

Certain risk factors may cause additional side effects, however. For example, if you have dark skin, the microdermabrasion session may cause an imbalance in the melanin levels in your new skin cells. The imbalance would cause your skin to whiten, which some may desire.

If you aren’t interested in making your skin lighter, you may wish to consult a skin care specialist about other methods for cleaning up your skin.

Another factor involves those who have dry skin naturally as their skin type. Dry skin may produce undesirable effects from the treatment. The treatment should only take the top layer of skin from your body. However, those who suffer from dry skin tend to already have weaker skin in the first place.

If you fit this description, you should find a doctor as well. It may be that you can still undergo the treatment with the necessary moisturizers. However, you shouldn’t risk further damaging your skin by not consulting a professional!

Improper Procedure

Lots of places offer the microdermabrasion procedure. The treatment is relatively simple in nature. However, misusing the device or using it for too long can have disastrous results!

Some spas and other such businesses have been known to use these devices to treat people. Some may be able to perform it correctly, but if they don’t hold the device properly and use it for the correct amount of time it could make your skin worse!

The worst side effect of an improperly performed procedure is an infection. If the device hasn’t been sanitized before use, then germs can easily squeeze their way through your pores. There is also a possibility that the device will tear your pores and cause minor gashes in the skin.

While these things are incredibly rare, it is still worthwhile to let a professional perform the procedure, just to be cautious.

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Things to Consider Before Undergoing Microdermabrasion

Consider your skin, first of all. If your skin has any abnormality, such as dry skin, a rash, or anything like that, consult a dermatologist before proceeding. Every medical procedure in the world has its limitations. That is why most procedures require you to go to a specialist first, to ensure nothing will go wrong during the treatment.

The second thing to consider is the skill level of whoever you choose to perform the treatment on you. While there are plenty of spas and clinics who can safely perform the procedure on you, the risks are minimized when you go to a specialist.

A doctor has been trained and is far more qualified to diagnose whether you will be safe for the treatment as well as actually performing the treatment, itself. Why risk a complication with someone who may be a little cheaper when you can ensure success with a doctor?

My Recommendation

My recommendation, as you’ve likely guessed, is to consult a dermatologist for more information before attempting microdermabrasion. Medical procedures are far safer these days than they used to be, but we should still always choose the safest option.

If you value the well-being and health of your body, I would suggest seeing a specialist to ensure you get the best possible treatment available.

Remember everyone, ‘Health is Wealth!’