Using a Microdermabrasion Cloth

A microdermabrasion cloth is a convenient way to exfoliate.  It can be just as effective as more expensive microdermabrasion systems or professional treatments, but costs significantly less.  There is also a lot less mess because there are no crystals and creams to clean up.  It can be used on the face to reduce discoloration, acne scars, and fine lines/wrinkles.  People often use them on body skin to improve the appearance of dry skin, rough skin patches and bumps, calluses, scars and stretch marks.

A microdermabrasion cloth is capable of heavy exfoliation, and therefore, skin damage.  Many people underestimate the intensity of these cloths.  The cloth is made up of a special kind of material that is woven similar to a washcloth, with tiny loops of fibers that mimic the polishing grit of microdermabrasion crystals.  Like other types of microdermabrasion, it polishes off the first layer of skin, removing superficial skin damage and stimulating your skin’s healing response.  With consistent use, it increases blood flow to the skin and can increase collagen production.

It is important to learn how to exfoliate properly with a microdermabrasion cloth.  Many people use too much pressure when exfoliating, and have a tendency to scrub over large areas quickly.  It is more effective to use mild pressure and spend a few seconds on each small section of skin using upward circular motions.  A microdermabrasion cloth is much stronger than a loofah or a scrub.  You’ll need to use less pressure and time than with traditional exfoliation.

It is easy to over exfoliate with a microdermabrasion cloth.  Many people don’t really notice how strong this facial treatment is and just polish away like they are using a normal washcloth.  If you have over exfoliated, you might not notice for a few hours or until the next day.  Most people who have gone too far notice slightly red, inflamed skin that can be hot to the touch.  A few days later, it may start to peel.  These are not normal side effects.  When done properly, there is not redness or peeling, just smoother skin.  You won’t see any significant improvement in the first few sessions.

When you first start using a microdermabrasion cloth, be very gentle for the first few sessions to see how your skin tolerates it.  Your microdermabrasion cloth should be wet when you use it to exfoliate.  It’s also helpful that your skin is wet.  It’s most effective at the end of a warm shower, when your skin is super hydrated and sloughs off easily.  You can use with soap or body/face wash, but it is more powerful used on it’s own.  Use gentle pressure on your face.  You can use a microdermabrasion cloth around the eyes and mouth because there are no risks of crystals being inhaled or getting into the eyes.  You must use much less pressure on these areas.  Use virtually no pressure, just run the cloth across these delicate areas a few times.  This can also be done on the lips.  You can use more pressure on body skin than you can on your face.

You can intensify your results from a microdermabrasion cloth by using mild alpha hydroxy acid products to loosen the skin with chemical exfoliation.  This can also reduce the pressure needed for people whose skin can’t tolerate the friction.  This technique is often used in stretch marks and scar removal.  Go very slowly with this method because it is quite easy to over exfoliate and damage your skin.

Most people start off using a microdermabrasion treatment weekly.  You can slowly increase this frequency to every other day if you desire.  Proper aftercare is essential when using microdermabrasion.  It’s a good idea to moisturize with an all natural product that contains soothing botanical ingredients like oat, aloe, and chamomile.  Be aware that freshly exfoliated skin can be quite sensitive, and use strong anti aging products containing retinol, Vitamin C, or alpha hydroxy acids with care.  It’s also a good idea to use sun protection daily because heavy exfoliation can cause your skin to burn easier.  This is a must if you are using alpha hydroxy acids.

You should clean your microdermabrasion cloth by hand.  It has a tendency to accumulate a lot of lint in the washing machine or dryer, and it also sticks to other clothing like velco, especially sweaters.  It should dry thoroughly to prevent mildew and mold.  You can throw it in the drier by itself to dry with out lint issues, and since it is just one small cloth, it dries very fast.  Air-drying is also usually sufficient, but the bathroom may not be the best place because of the humidity.

Exfoliation is a critical part of good skin care.  It improves a variety of skin issues including wrinkles, acne scars, discoloration, scars and stretch marks.  Using a microdermabrasion cloth is a powerful and convenient way to add exfoliation to your routine.