When you have questions about skin care topics like microdermabrasion, it is best to turn to the experts. Skin Rx Clinic has put together a comprehensive list about microdermabrasion treatments and everything involved. If you still have additional questions about microdermabrasion systems or home microdermabrasion, please post a comment and we’ll get back to you with an answer!
Q: What Do Professional Microdermabrasion Treatments Involve?
A: First, your skin will be cleaned using a specially formulated cleansing gel. The microdermabrasion procedure is then started with the use of a special hand-held device. The microdermabrasion crystals are then sandblasted onto your skin through a small tube. The same tube simultaneously vacuums off the dead skin cells which were removed. The flow of microdermabrasion cream begins at the moment the microdermabrasion wand is applied to the skin. The wand will be moved across your whole face, not just your problem areas, to achieve a consistent skin texture and color. Following your microdermabrasion treatments, a special soothing cream will be applied to your skin to nourish it and protect it from the sun. You can then get back to work or whatever your daily routine is immediately following the treatment.
Q: Can Microdermabrasion Treatments Only Be Done By Skin Care Professionals?
A: Originally, microdermabrasion could only be performed by trained plastic surgeons and later a variety of skin care professionals such as beauty spas and dermatologists became specially trained to perform professional microdermabrasion treatments. Today however, home microdermabrasion products allow anyone to perform this simple, yet effective, skin care treatment.
Q: Do Microdermabrasion Systems Work To Even Out Red Marks On The Face?
A: Microdermabrasion products work to remove the top surface layer of the skin. Over time and with multiple microdermabrasion treatments, red marks can fade or even disappear depending on their severity to begin with. Some red marks on the face will not disappear with microdermabrasion alone.
Q: Does Microdermabrasion Do Anything For Younger People With Skin Problems?
A: Microdermabrasion treatments are considered safe for young people with a variety of skin types. Microdermabrasion creams should not be used on anyone younger than 14 however, especially since teenagers and younger people still face major hormonal changes that could diminish the results of the microdermabrasion treatments.
Q: Can Home Microdermabrasion Improve the Appearance of Stretch Marks?
A: Yes, a microdermabrasion kit is design to exfoliate and shed the top layer of skin. For all intents and purposes, stretch marks are a part of your skin that has an uneven tone and texture. Microdermabrasion treatments have been proven to even out the skin’s texture and tone and can therefore reduce or erase some unsightly stretch marks.
Q: Can I Use Microdermabrasion Creams On My Eyelids?
A: No, home microdermabrasion creams are not meant to be used on your eyelids under any circumstances. This eye area is extremely thin and therefore prone to irritation or possibly even scarring because the skin can be easily damaged. There are alternative eye wrinkle creams that you should use on your eyelids instead to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
Q: Can I Use Microdermabrasion Products for Skin Lightening?
A: No. While microdermabrasion treatments do exfoliates and help you to shed the top layer of skin, it can not entirely lighten your complexion. Microdermabrasion products can, however, help even out blotchy skin tone for a more even appearance.
Q: Who Is Suitable To Receive Microdermabrasion Treatments?
A: If you are over the age of 14 and you have skin care concerns such as mild acne scars, blotchy or uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and/or age or sun spots, our microdermabrasion systems can probably help you. Microdermabrasion products work for all skin types and colors.
Q: How Many Microdermabrasion Treatments Will I Need?
A: The answer to this question depends on the severity of your skin care issues. For most people, significant changes are noticeable after at least five microdermabrasion treatments when done on a regular schedule. If you were to go to a dermatologist or other skin care professional for personal microdermabrasion, you would more than likely be told that you will need six to ten treatments, each about two to four weeks apart. However many treatments it takes you to reach your desired results, you will have to continue to use microdermabrasion products every two to three months to maintain the effects.
Q: How Long Does a Microdermabrasion Treatment Take?
A: Usually, your microdermabrasion treatments should take no more than 20 minutes from start to finish. If you are doing other areas of the body such as your neck or hands, the process will take longer. Home microdermabrasion is very simple, so you should be able to complete the process even in a half-hour lunch break!
Q: Does Microdermabrasion Remove Acne Scars?
A: For mild acne scars, microdermabrasion treatments can even out the skin’s overall texture and improve superficial acne scarring. If you have deep acne scars, microdermabrasion will not likely provide significant improvement.
Q: Can Microdermabrasion Work as a Treatment for Hyperpigmentation?
A: Skin Rx’s microdermabrasion system is a good choice for treating hyperpigmentation issues. The microdermabrasion creams help to remove the surface layer of the skin where those hyperpigmented skin cells gather. While it normally requires several microdermabrasion treatments, you will usually see significant improvement in a more even skin tone.
Microdermabrasion treatments are an easy, non-invasive procedure which renews and rejuvenates dull skin, improves fine lines and wrinkles, reduces the appearance of large pores, lightens acne scars, reduces the appearance of stretch marks and age spots, and improves mild hyperpigmentation problems. Personal microdermabrasion is just as effective as other skin treatments to reduce the appearance of superficial imperfections but it does not require any down time so that you can immediately return to your normal routine after a treatment.
Microdermabrasion works to resurface the skin to get rid of the dull dead skin cells and restore one’s natural glow. Home microdermabrasion is a simple procedure for anyone to do and it is completely painless. When compared to the results of treatments like dermal abrasion and laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion treatments are equally effective and provide comparable results. Although personal microdermabrasion can be performed at home, it previously was performed only by skin care professionals, plastic surgeons, and dermatologists who utilized a hand-held machine, much like a sandblaster, which sprayed and circulated a high-pressure flow of special facial crystals onto the patient’s skin.
Home microdermabrasion has significantly lowered the cost of this skin treatment. Personal microdermabrasion kits will differ in contents depending on where it is purchased, however, the majority of them will contain a crystal cream and an applicator. The applicator is usually a small hand-held wand to re-surface the skin or foam type of applicator which is used to massage the cream into the skin. Microdermabrasion treatments consist of polishing special crystals onto the surface of the skin which in turn helps to remove dead cells, debris, and sebum to get to healthier, younger-looking skin underneath.
Some of the best microdermabrasion products or kits include additional creams, gels, and moisturizers which are formulated specifically to enhance the results of microdermabrasion treatments. Skin Rx, for example, offers a unique formulation which combines a home microdermabrasion treatment with glycolic acid for a “double peel” effect for even better results than other personal microdermabrasion kits available.
Glycolic acid peels are often used by people who want to improve their skin's appearance and overall condition. Glycolic acid renews the skin by removing old skin cells from the surface and allowing new skin to regenerate. Glycolic peels can also be used to help clear up acne by removing debris from clogged pores and to reduce hyper-pigmentation of the skin. Glycolic acid peels are often performed at spas but can become quite expensive after repeated treatments. Fortunately, a glycolic acid home peel can be easily purchased online and are now readily available. Glycolic acid home peels are much more affordable for the average person. As a precaution, anyone who will be performing a glycolic acid peel at home should be sure to perform a skin patch test beforehand to ensure no allergies to the product exist.
Step 1: Wash Your Face
With a mild cleanser, wash your entire face where the glycolic facial peel will be applied. Rinse thoroughly to remove all of the cleanser and then gently pat your face dry with a towel. Before applying any glycolic treatment to your face, you need to make sure you start with a clean surface to ensure the product penetrates the skin evenly.
Step 2: Apply a Toner
Apply a toner to your skin with a cotton pad or cotton ball and allow it to dry on your skin. This extra step will wipe away any dirt or residue which may have been left after cleansing your face. Do not rinse the toner off, as it contains ingredients to refresh and calm your skin before you apply your glycolic facial peel.
Step 3: Apply Glycolic Acid with Applicator Brush
Preferably using the applicator brush in the Glycolic Peel Kit, apply an even coat of the glycolic treatment to your face. Leave the peel on your face for the recommended time - no more and no less. Leaving glycolic acid products on your skin for too long can damage your skin and not leaving it on long enough will not produce the desired results. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
Step 4: Rinse and Wash
Rinse the glycolic peel treatment off of your face thoroughly, and then apply a mild cleanser. Wash your face gently to ensure the glycolic facial peel is completely washed away from the skin so that irritation does not occur from any residue.
When applying a glycolic acid peel, keep the product about one quarter-inch away from the eye area and mucus membranes. If your skin becomes irritated after glycolic acid products are applied, immediately rinse your skin and consult with your personal doctor. Do not attempt to use glycolic peels on any open wounds or otherwise irritated or highly sensitive skin. Avoid being exposed to the sun for at least one full day after applying the glycolic treatment. Additionally, do not apply a glycolic facial peel to skin that has been shaved within 24 hours. When using a peel, it is normal to feel a slight stinging sensation but if it hurts too much or is extremely uncomfortable, rinse it off immediately. Your skin might be a bit red after using glycolic acid products, however, the redness will gradually fade away as your skin calms. Before you buy glycolic acid for home use, be sure to purchase from a reputable source that only sells high quality skin care products.
40% Glycolic Peels are great for people who have either used 30% Glycolic Peels several times and wish for more dramatic results or for those who have mature skin, over the age of 35. A chemical peel has many benefits, but you should know what to expect beforehand. Having realistic expectations will ensure you are happy with the results.
When using Glycolic Acid for your skin, you can expect to see an improvement in the way your skin care products penetrate and work on your skin overall. As you exfoliate the top layer of your skin, you will notice that your topical products penetrate more deeply and evenly and produce a better result as they are able to get deeper into the derma.
You can also expect with a 40% Glycolic Peel to see a reduced appearance of mild scars. The scars will not completely disappear, but they will fade and be less noticeable.
A 40% Glycolic Peel is an effective treatment for removing stubborn blackheads that have otherwise not gone away with other methods. If your face is holding a lot of blackheads which makes your pores very noticeable, the removal of these blackheads may help your pores to appear less pronounced.
As for sun damage and wrinkles, a 40% peel is a good choice. The treatments will be able to correct much of the sun damage and reduce the depth and appearance of some wrinkles for a younger look. If you plan to continue exposing your face to the sun however, glycolic acid peels are not a good choice for you as you will be at an increased risk of sun damage. You must protect your new layer of skin with sun protection products.
Keep in mind that using Glycolic Peels is a process. While one treatment will result in some improvement to your skin, you can’t expect a miracle overnight. Expect to repeat the process about six to eight times for optimal results. If you are ready for a 40% peel, Skin Rx recommends the following complete kit:
Glycolic Peel Kit #3 – Includes Pre-Peel Prep, 40% Peel, an Applicator Brush and a Dispenser Dish.
Glycolic acid is a very commonly used active ingredient in facial chemical peels. Glycolic acid works well on nearly all skin types to boost skin cell turnover, improve elasticity, reduce the appearance of scars, and to restore natural moisturizing properties within skin cells. Using a glycolic acid peel should not be taken lightly, however. Your skin needs to be prepared for such a treatment with a skin care regimen of products such as Retin A, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, or other similar treatments.
Glycolic Acid peels work well as effective anti-aging treatments, scar minimizing treatments, and even acne treatments, or to just rejuvenate the skin from time to time. You may have already heard that exfoliation of the skin on a regular basis is necessary to promote new skin cell regeneration, especially since this natural process begins to slow down as we age. In order for your skin to continue to renew however, exfoliation alone will not do the trick.
After you have prepared your skin properly, you can use a 30% glycolic acid peel for these purposes. For sensitive to normal skin, a concentration of 30% is recommended until your skin acclimated to this ingredient at which time you may be able to graduate to a higher concentration to yield more dramatic results.
If you are thinking about trying a Glycolic Peel at home, Skin Rx recommends trying the Glycolic Peel Kit #1, which is a professional strength peel kit that comes with everything you need including a Pre-Peel Prep, the Peel, an Applicator Brush, and a Dispensing Dish.
Q: I want to improve the firmness of my skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Are there any products which give immediate results?
A:If you are looking for immediate results, a proven ingredient to look for is Matrixyl.
“May I see your ID, please?”
When was the last time you heard that question? If your face is starting to see its share of fine lines, the answer is probably “not lately”. By taking care of your skin properly and using the right skin care products, you may be getting carded well into your 40’s!
You don’t have to be rich or famous to look younger than your real age. You just have to make it a habit to take good care of your skin and body. This means getting regular exercise, drinking lots of water, taking your vitamins, and of course, exfoliating, moisturizing, and using anti-aging products.
Exfoliating your skin is the best way to keep it young and healthy-looking as it provides instant results. Buffing away that thin layer of dead skin cells immediately reveals the more youthful, glowing skin beneath. Exfoliation can also prevent clogged pores and blackheads. For the best exfoliation, try Skin Rx’s Microdermabrasion Kit #1.
Moisturizing your face is the key to restoring the natural hydration that your skin tends to lose, especially as you age. Young skin is well hydrated, and therefore much suppler, than dry skin. A good moisturizer includes ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, which have been proven effective by skin care experts. Skin Rx suggests this Ultra Hydration Serum.
Using anti-aging products which are formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines is a great way to look younger than you are. Skin Rx offers several anti-aging products with proven results that work to fight wrinkles such as PepTox Wrinkle Relaxing Crème.
Brown spots on the face can make anyone unattractive – even a beauty like Salma Hayek. Fortunately, we do not have to accept aging without a fight. It is possible to remove brown spots with the right skin care treatments.
Lentigines often go by more common names like “liver spots”, “brown spots”, or “age spots”. They are not caused by age or by anything to do with your liver or your age, though. These brown spots are skin discolorations which are caused by sun damage.