Diamond Microdermabrasion is the process of using tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin and then drawing out debris and impurities with suction. It uses no chemicals and is not invasive. The procedure removes the dead and dry outer layer of the skin’s surface to reveal fresh, healthy skin underneath. It rejuvenates the surface, resulting in a brighter complexion.
It works in two parts. Firstly, a machine utilizes tiny crystals to gently exfoliate the surface of your skin to remove the dead skin cells, while a vacuum sucks the removed skin cells and debris away.
Microdermabrasion is suitable for all skin types and colors and will not cause scarring or color changes. It is a less aggressive procedure than traditional dermabrasion and has a quicker recovery time, but can still achieve great results and won’t require needles or medications to numb the skin.
Microdermabrasion has been used to treat a number of conditions by dermatologists for years and became a popular salon treatment in the 1990s. Now there are many kits available for home use that enable you to get great results in your own home and without the hefty price tag. It is also a lot safer than other cosmetic skin procedures.
A microdermabrasion device has two functions. Firstly, the machine will gently exfoliate your skin. This can be done by different methods. Some microdermabrasion techniques use a high-pressure flow of very small crystals at the skin. These crystals can be made up of a number of substances, the most common of which is aluminum oxide, but others can include magnesium oxide, sodium chloride and even diamond!
Another method, which is common in at-home microdermabrasion machines, is to exfoliate using a diamond or crystal-tipped wand which you draw across your skin. The tip of the wand is solid, so there are no crystals being fired around, meaning it is easier to keep clean. As suggested by its name, diamond is often used for the exfoliation surface, although other minerals can also be used.
The second function of the microdermabrasion machine is to remove the dead skin cells that have been exfoliated away by the crystals. This is done by a built-in vacuum which sucks away the dead cells. In most microdermabrasion devices, you can adjust the suction pressure to suit your sensitivity.
Some microdermabrasion machines also have a third feature which is to apply a skin care product which complements the microdermabrasion and enhances the results you can achieve by using it.
As well as clearing away the dead skin cells, microdermabrasion also has other advantages.
The process can improve blood and lymphatic circulation deep within the skin, which can improve the internal health of the skin. The enhanced blood flow means more oxygen and nutrients are supplied to the cells. This improves cell processes and therefore enhances the skin, improving elasticity.
By removing the dead skin and promoting circulation, microdermabrasion has been shown to enhance the absorption of skincare products by the skin by up to 50%. This means that if you are treating your skin for acne, the skin will be more receptive to the product, so it can have better results than it normally would.
Microdermabrasion can not only unclog pores but also reduces the size of them. While to a certain extent we are born with a certain pore size, some external factors can enlarge them. Pores may enlarge due to hygiene, inflammation of the skin or as a result of being clogged. Microdermabrasion can help clear the blockage and by improving the circulation of the skin can reduce inflammation and improve natural skin hygiene.
Many people now choose microdermabrasion over other treatments options like laser procedures and chemical peels because it is safer and still achieves great results. It is one of the safest cosmetic procedures you can have done and does not require medications or a long recovery time. You can even do it yourself at home, or in your lunch break!
Microdermabrasion has been used for multiple skin conditions. These include acne, acne scarring, age spots, dull skin, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.
Depending on your reason for using microdermabrasion, you may even notice results after your first treatment. This is particularly the case when being used to brighten the skin or remove blackheads. Other conditions, however, will require more sessions before you are able to notice its effects. Often between 5 and 8 treatments are suggested for the best results, with deeper scarring requiring more. Occasionally to maintain the good results you may need a top-up treatment, but in some cases you only need to treat small areas, not the whole area you treated initially.