Microdermabrasion, more commonly known as Microderm, is a group of cosmetic procedures that are used are used in spas and by doctors where the dead top layer of skin (stratum corneum) by light abrasion to remove sun-damaged skin and remove scars and other spots.

To actually go through microdermabrasion is actually relatively painless and doesn't require any anaesthetic whatsoever. The procedure can be used for scar removal when the scar is raised above the skin around it but isn't as effective for scar that are lower than the surrounding skin. Microdermabrasion can also be used for acne treatment but it requires multiple appointments in order to be truly effective. (Learn how to get rid of acne for free with 4 simple steps here.) You should not undertake microdermabrasion if you have taken the medication Accutane in the last twelve months.

Historically, methods used for microdermabrasion was abrasion through jets of zinc oxide or aluminum oxide cystals, or other fine particles. More modern methods for microderm include using a wand with a roughen surface. The reason for the growing popularity of the wand method is it requires little medical supervision and is used largely with facial spa treatments.

Now considering that methods that are used and their safety (fairly painless and requires no anaestehetic), you'll want to consider the actual results of microdermabrasion. When to considering purchasing microdermabrasion services you'll need to keep in mind that results are cosmetic and will not be permanent. If you're looking for longer lasting and permanent solutions to clearing up your skin you may want to look at other medications and treatments available. Now, with that out of the way, if you're willing to spend the upwards to $1000 price tag for a series of microdermabrasion sessions then this form of cosmetic skin recovery may be for you.