What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment that uses crystals and a vacuum to unclog congested pores and deep clean the skin. It works by pushing crystals into the skin, and vacuuming them back up. These crystals have antibacterial properties in them, which means – combined with the suction of the vacuum – this treatment not only exfoliates but gives a thorough clean of the skin too.
What is microdermabrasion used for?
As microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment and works to unclog pores, it’s great for anyone who finds themselves constantly battling blackheads or congested skin. If you’ve tried exfoliating products at home but feel like you want to take it up a level and get that more advanced deep clean for your skin, microdermabrasion might be the perfect treatment for you!
Who is suitable for microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is great if you suffer from congested, dull, or tired skin. With regards to specific skin types, microdermabrasion can be performed on all ethnic skin types, however we would not be able to perform it on those suffering from acne, eczema or other skin conditions. This is because microdermabrasion is not the correct treatment to address these conditions, and could even make such concerns even worse.
What does microdermabrasion feel like?
Microdermabrasion is often described as a suction feeling – imagine if you took the hose part of your hoover and gently placed it over your hand – it feels a bit like that!
Will microdermabrasion help with blackheads?
Absolutely! Microdermabrasion is fantastic for decongesting clogged skin, so following treatment, blackheads are more likely to rise to the surface of the skin. To really accelerate this process, we strongly advise a peel e.g. the Epionce Lite Refresh alongside your microdermabrasion. This is because the Epionce Lite Refresh contains salicylic acid, and has what we call a ‘hurricane effect’; working deep into the pores and clearing them right out!
Where on the body can I have microdermabrasion?
We offer microdermabrasion on the face (which is also sometimes worked down to the neck) and the back, as these are often areas where we develop clogged pores and spots. The back is also an area that can be prone to the build-up of dead skin cells over time, therefore microdermabrasion can be a great treatment for shedding these to reveal healthier skin.
Does microdermabrasion work for acne?
Microdermabrasion is not recommended for acne. This is because when the acne is active, microdermabrasion can spread the acne to other parts of the face that are currently unaffected. Living with acne can be a painful and distressing experience, and one that leads to trialling several products and treatments before finding an effective method for controlling the condition. There are a number of different types of acne, varying from mild to very severe, and with these comes different treatments, which you can read more about here.
Does microdermabrasion work for acne scarring?
This is something we get asked regularly, and often microdermabrasion and microneedling (acne scarring treatment) can get confused, which is why we wrote a blog all about the main differences between the two – which you can read here! But to answer the question, microdermabrasion can be effective for very mild acne scarring, however the treatment that is more commonly recommended for acne scarring is our microneedling treatments, which you can read more about here.
Which is better: microdermabrasion or microneedling?
As we mentioned above, microdermabrasion and microneedling can often be two treatments that get confused, which is why we wrote a blog specifically comparing the two, which you can read here. The truth is, neither is ‘better’ than the other… They are both targeted towards different concerns, and therefore whilst microdermabrasion is great for unclogging pores and providing a deep exfoliation, it is not good for helping with acne scarring. On the other hand, whilst microneedling is great at targeting acne scarring and marks left from breakouts, it is not effective for removing blackheads.
Want to try microdermabrasion and get that deep-clean feeling for your skin? Book a free consultation today and we can get you started on your skin journey!