With many of us ready to show our faces this summer after months of masks and social distancing, interest in non-invasive procedures is on the rise. One procedure that can deliver glowing results is microdermabrasion—and with treatment options available at dermatologists’ offices, spas and even using at-home devices, it’s one of the more accessible options out there. But is microdermabrasion right for you? Here, Dr. Mark Taylor, a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who’s worked with PMD to develop and test some of our favorite home microdermabrasion devices, answers all your questions about the treatment.
Dermstore: What exactly is microdermabrasion?
Dr. Taylor: Microdermabrasion is a superficial exfoliation using crystals to remove the top layer of dead cells sitting on top of the skin.
What can microdermabrasion do for my skin?
When you take off that top layer of dead skin, you create a luminescence to the skin that helps it look healthier and younger. With several treatments, you can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, tone and texture.
What’s the difference between a professional microdermabrasion treatment and an at-home version?
An in-office treatment blows aluminum oxide crystals that create abrasions to the skin. None of those crystals are being blown around the room or breathed by the individual with the at-home device, which uses exfoliating discs rather than loose crystals. With PMD, the vacuum suction is creating another stimulation that improves circulation beneath the skin’s surface.
Does microdermabrasion hurt?
With at-home microdermabrasion, you’re able to customize with different discs and intensity levels. The guard around the disc of crystals keeps the user from going too deep.
Should people with certain skin types or conditions avoid microdermabrasion?
Most individuals should be able to enjoy the benefits of microdermabrasion.
How often should I do it?
Whether microdermabrasion is done in-office or at-home, several treatments are typically required to achieve improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, tone, and texture. For at-home treatments, space treatments apart every five to seven days.
Anything else important to know?
Be sure to let the skin rest between any skin care that is a daily chemical exfoliation and the mechanical exfoliation of microdermabrasion.