If you feel that your skin is looking dull and flaky then we have for you the best solution. Microdermabrasion has become the latest fad and it is one of the most effective skin treatments there is. It gently removes the top layer of the skin using micro-aluminum oxide crystals or in simple words a diamond tipped wand.

It is a non-invasive procedure meaning that it requires no surgery. Rather it can and is being done at spa’s, salons, homes and also dermatological clinics. The treatment essentially helps in removing the dead tissues which then helps the formation of new skin that is fresh and improved. It helps improve the skin color, helps get rid of acne scars and reduces enlarged pores.

The process is relatively simple, it entails spraying mineral crystals on the face which are then vacuumed back. This is done after the skin has been cleansed properly and there are no traces of make-up or oil. The eyes are covered with a protective cover and then the face is sprayed with fine particles.

There is conjecture that chemical peels and laser is better than microdermabrasion. However chemical peels require patients to sit home for some time which means taking time off work. This is regarded by many as a major put off. In comparison microdermabrasion does not require any such time off.

Cosmetologists are looking for combinations by which laser and facial peel combined together with microdermabrasion would yield better results. As when the outer layer of the skin is removed the skin reacts better to other medication. For example bleaching agents to improve skin color are more effective after microdermabrasion. There are some cosmetologists that suggest the microdermabrasion be combined with glycolic or retinoic acid that are responsible for tightening the skin. The plus point here is this would lead to a visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. However this is temporary and needs to be done on a regular basis.

There have been cases where the treatment leaves the skin red and tightened. However this is temporary and usually goes away within a day or two. In some extreme cases, the skin starts to peel. Also remember to take expert advice before using sunscreen and lotions before getting back to work etc.

People who have a history of herpes simplex should consult a doctor before the treatment.  Moreover people using Accutane ( a drug used in the treatment of acne) are advised to wait for a period of 12 months before they indulge in any skin resurfacing treatment as Accutane makes the skin hyper sensitive.

Women who are pregnant should wait till their delivery and nursing before they undergo this treatment. Likewise teenagers should wait too as the changing hormone levels impact the effects of the procedure. People suffering from keratosis, undiagnosed lesion, active rosacea and acne too are advised against microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is a safe and easy process however precaution needs to be taken about the condition that it is being performed under as unsterile instruments and amateur practitioners can lead to unfavorable results. The only other risk has to do with the velocity at which the fine crystals are being used. Caution needs to be maintained while choosing the velocity!