Is Microdermabrasion an Answer to Skin Problems?

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With people becoming more conscious about their looks they can go to any length to get flawless skin. The latest craze is about microdermabrasion. Let's check how it can make us look younger and help our different skin conditions.

What is Microdermabrasion?
It is a non-invasive procedure that helps in exfoliating the thickened layer of epidermis so as to reveal healthier-looks from inside. The procedure is suggested to help in the formation of new layer of cells containing more elastin and collagen.

In this treatment, stream of sterile and rough aluminum oxide particles are blown onto the skin through a tube. These particles or crystals are supposed to remove dead cells from the upper layer and reveal smooth skin from the inner layers. Normally, it takes 6-16 weeks treatment with a gap of two to three weeks in between each treatment to get the desired effect

Can Microdermabrasion treat all types of Problems?
If there is extensive damage, this treatment may not be effective. In that case, you may need more invasive procedure. This is also not recommended for those who have acute or major problems such as recent outbreak of herpes, warts, active rosacea, etc. But, the procedure may benefit those who have oily, sun-damaged, wrinkled skin, age spots, blackheads or white heads, hyper pigmentation problems, etc.

What can be expected of Post Microdermabrasion Treatment?
After the first treatment, the skin will glow for a day. The patient will be asked to take proper care by keeping it clean and not exposing it to the sunlight. Applying of makeup on is also avoided so as to give suitable time for the healing.

What are the Possible Risks/Side Effects of this Treatment?
Since the procedure is non-invasive, there are minimum side effects associated with the treatment. Eye irritation can occur in rare cases if crystals get into the eyes. Similarly, if micro dermal crystals are inhaled, this can cause temporary respiratory distress. If one has particularly sensitive skin, one might have redness, flaking, dryness and itching.

Apart from these, this treatment is considered unsuitable for people with herpes infection, keratosis, malignant tumor, those using Retin A of accutane and pregnant or nursing mothers. Pregnant women are recommended to stay away from microdermabrasion because pregnancy causes hormonal fluctuations that can prevent regeneration of skin.

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