Skin Exfoliation Part 2: Microdermabrasion Results

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Microdermabrasion Results & History

Microdermabrasion is another form of exfoliation. This is a process best performed by a licensed skin care therapist.  It uses a “physical” form of exfoliation as opposed to a chemical form. Microdermabrasion became popular in Europe in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was a much gentler form of exfoliation in comparison to Dermabrasion, which was always performed by a doctor. Microdermabrasion results is the technique of using fine crystals that are blasted on to the surface of the skin to perform exfoliation. Simultaneously, a vacuum device is also working to pull away the excess crystals and dead skin cells. It is important after the treatment to hydrate the skin, as in any exfoliation treatment to prevent the skin from feeling dry and irritated. During the day it is essential to apply a full spectrum sun block after any exfoliation treatment, since the skin will be very vulnerable to becoming burned and or hyper pigmented.

Reaction to Hydroxy Acids

Not all people can use alpha hydroxy acids without having a reaction. People who have eczema, rosacea and extremely dry skin can have an adverse reaction to any form of exfoliation. That reaction may include extreme redness, dry patches, flaking and itching. When in doubt it is always a good idea to have a patch test done first to see if there will be a negative reaction to the exfoliant. Another reason for the patch test is because not all exfoliants are the same. Their ph values and percentage of active ingredients may vary. This could result in having a positive result with one form of exfoliant and a negative reaction with another. Applying the exfoliant to a small area not too visibly seen and watching the reaction can prevent the client from having a painful or unsightly result. Other contraindications to consider, is if the skin has been waxed or highly sensitized (within 24 hours), skin lesions, herpes simplex, or clients using Accutane within the last six months. Clients using Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Tazorac or Adapalene must discontinue usage 2-4 weeks prior to having a professional exfoliation treatment.  It’s always important that an individual consult with a skin care therapist or their Dermatologist before proceeding with an Exfoliation treatment.  Their expertise of proper skin care will ensure these adverse reactions are avoided.

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