All about: Microdermabrasion

What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic treatment used to remove the outermost layer
of the skin. It has been proven to help with a wide variety of skin problems,
including acne scars, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and melasma. More
recently it has also been used as an anti-ageing treatment to diminish fine lines
and wrinkles.

So exactly how does microdermabrasion work?
Essentially microdermabrasion is a non-invasive deep exfoliation technique. The
most common treatment usually involves tiny aluminum oxide crystals, which
are blasted across the skin and then sucked up through a vacuum, removing
dead skin cells along the way. The depth of exfoliation will be determined by the
settings on the machine and the crystal flow, all of which is controlled by your

How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments required will vary according to the individual and
their skin problems. Issues such as hyperpigmentation and acne scarring may
require several treatments closer together, while others may only need a couple
treatments spread over a few weeks. You would need to have a consultation with
your therapist in order to determine the appropriate number of treatments for
your skin.

Is it painful?
The procedure itself can be mildly uncomfortable in some areas, particularly
around the nose and mouth, however it should never be painful. Your therapist
should make sure not to exceed your pain threshold and to stay within a
bearable setting that you are comfortable with.

How much does it cost?
The price of microdermabrasion will vary however the price usually starts
around $90 and can be up to $150 per treatment.

Why get it done?
Microdermabrasion is a fast, effective, non-invasive procedure and practically
anyone can benefit from the treatment. While it aids in repair and healing of
tissue, it also stimulates collagen production and allows for deeper penetration
of vitamins and other beneficial agents in your products.

This article has been provided in conjuction with Kristina Kyriacou who is a Health and Beauty columnist with her own popular blog: