Maybe you’ve heard of microdermabrasion at your annual trip to the dermatologist or from one of your friends who recently got a treatment and can’t stop raving about it. Whatever the case may be, microdermabrasion is probably on your radar because it’s becoming an extremely popular skincare option.
If you’re looking to treat a variety of skin issues and overall promote collagen production and blood circulation in your skin, microdermabrasion might be the best option. That being said, a lot of people think that microdermabrasion comes with a hefty price tag and a string of appointments at your dermatologist or a local salon. Luckily, neither of those have to be true! It’s possible to get salon-esque results from the comfort of your own home and at a fraction of the price.
What is Microdermabrasion?
You might be wondering what exactly a microdermabrasion treatment is and what it does. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure, which could be part of the reason it has gained so much traction.
The first most important thing to note is that microdermabrasion should never be painful. While it might be slightly uncomfortable at times, it shouldn’t be outwardly painful. This procedure essentially works because you rub fine crystals onto the skin with a wand. This works to gently exfoliate the surface, which removes the outer layer of old, tired skin.
This procedure can take between 30-40 minutes if you’re getting microdermabrasion to treat the skin on your face, and approximately 20 minutes if you’re treating the skin on your neck. You can expect to have a slight swelling or feel like you have a sunburn for a few days, but it shouldn’t persist longer than that. Ultimately, the aim is to make your skin look more youthful.
If you’re doing microdermabrasion treatments to make your skin look more youthful, you’ll probably have to have between 5-16 sessions before you start visibly seeing results. Because everyone’s skin is so different, there’s a lot of variation in regards to how often you can complete a treatment. Some people decide to do this every week; for others, it’s biweekly or even once a month. This depends on how sensitive your skin is and also what you’re trying to treat with microdermabrasion.
What Does Microdermabrasion Treat?
Microdermabrasion treats a variety of different skin conditions. If someone has one or more of these concerns with their skin, they might consider getting microdermabrasion treatments.
This is a suitable procedure for people who have:
- Fine lines and wrinkles on their skin
- Hyperpigmentation, age spots, or brown spots
- Stretch marks
- Enlarged pores or blackheads
- A skin complexion that could use some brightening up
- Uneven skin tone or texture
- Acne scars or acne itself
- Sun damage
Of course, we’re sure you look great no matter what. That being said, skin conditions can have a large impact on your self-esteem and beyond. If you’re looking to enhance your confidence and feel that tackling some skin issues would help you do that, microdermabrasion could be the answer you’re looking for.
What are the Side Effects of Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion, like any exfoliating process, has some potential side effects. These vary from person to person, and there’s a chance you won’t really be impacted by any of them. That being said, knowing what to look for as a potential side effect can help you ensure you’re properly taking care of your skin.
Some of the side effects you might experience with microdermabrasion include:
- Dry or flaking skin
- More sensitive to the sun
- Slight abrasions to the skin
- Cold sores
Redness: This is the most common side effect associated with microdermabrasion. Most people notice that their skin is a little pink or even red after a microdermabrasion session. This is usually comparable to a sunburn; it fades quickly, possibly even after just a few hours. It is important to note that if you have sensitive skin or if you’re getting a particularly aggressive treatment, there might be a bit more redness, and it might take slightly longer to fade completely.
Dry or flaking skin: This is another relatively common side effect of having a microdermabrasion treatment, but luckily, it usually only lasts for about a week. All you have to do is add a bit of moisturizer into your daily skincare routine, and your skin will be on the road to recovery.
Skin that’s more sensitive to the sun: After you’re done with your microdermabrasion appointment, you’re going to want to apply sunscreen before you step outside. It’s definitely not the right time to spend a day in the full sun! Since your skin just completed the treatment, it’s going to be more sensitive. Treat it as such.
Bruising: This is another fairly common side effect if you’re doing the skin on your face that is especially soft. It’s important to make sure that while you’re working on the skin around your eyes that you’re careful about this.
Slight skin abrasions: You might notice that there are tiny abrasions to your skin. This is because the microdermabrasion procedure penetrates and gets rid of the top layer of skin - the one that’s old and worn out. Usually, this means that the treatment was slightly too aggressive.
Cold sores: Finally, if you frequently get cold sore breakouts, as some people do, you should be sure to avoid the skin around your lips. This helps prevent a breakout, as microdermabrasion can prompt for those who get cold sore breakouts. (Also note: if you’re in the middle of a cold sore breakout, you should avoid doing microdermabrasion treatments until it’s cleared up.)
At Home Microdermabrasion Options
Who enjoys waiting at an office for your appointment or having to spend loads of money on repeat visits? Not us! That’s why we created the KENZZI At-Home Microdermabrasion Handset!
When you’re looking for at-home options, you should make sure that you check a few boxes. For one, you should make sure that your handset is medical-grade and that it’s properly diamond-encrusted. This will help ensure that you have a pleasant experience and your handset is working as it should. Luckily, the KENZZI handset has both of those covered!
Just like you would if you were getting treatment in an office, you should make sure that your face is properly cleaned before you begin the treatment on your face. You can also put your favorite skincare products on your face to help ensure that the products are penetrating your skin. This allows them to be even more effective.
After you complete your treatment, you should gently wash your face off again. Be sure to use gentle skincare products following the procedure, and moisturize. In addition to this, you should definitely be sure to protect your skin using sunscreen. If you head outside and catch any rays following the procedure, you might find that your skin is extremely sensitive to the sun. This is to be expected.
How frequently you can complete a treatment is going to depend on both your skin type and what condition you’re trying to treat. If you have any questions, you should seek the advice of your dermatologist to be sure you’re taking the correct steps to protect your skin.
Overall, at-home microdermabrasion options are excellent if you want to take care of your skin and not have to bother with setting up appointments. This way, you can give yourself a microdermabrasion treatment how you want and when you want.
Why Microdermabrasion Is Helpful
Microdermabrasion, as detailed before, can be used to treat a vast number of skin conditions. Your skin is not just the largest organ of your body; it’s also the first thing you see when you look in the mirror and one of the first things people notice about you.
It’s important to take care of your skin, because you’re worth it. You deserve to feel beautiful every time you look in the mirror. If you’re experiencing one or more of these conditions, your confidence can take a dive. If you feel you’d be more confident if you treated one of your skin conditions, this could be one way to go about tackling it.
Microdermabrasion sounds like a treatment you can only get at the doctor’s office or in a salon, but that couldn't be more untrue! Luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can get salon-level care from the comfort of your own home. One of these ways is by using the KENZZI At-Home Handset.
Microdermabrasion is renowned for its ability to help your skin create more collagen, as well as promoting the circulation of blood. In addition to these benefits, you’ll find that you feel significantly more confident when you feel good about the skin you’re in. We can help you reach that, so you spend more time loving yourself - you deserve it.