Using a Microdermabrasion Treatment at Home

Microdermabrasion is a wonderful skin care tool that can improve a variety of skin complaints.  It can reduce fine lines, acne scars, and age spots, increase collagen production, improve skin texture, reduce dry skin, and enhance the effectiveness of other skin care products.  Instead of paying a professional, you can use a microdermabrasion treatment at home.  It is affordable, convenient, and effective.

Microdermabrasion is a mild process with minimal chance of scarring and irritation when done correctly.  However, it is actually quite easy to irritate your skin by over exfoliating, because you don’t feel anything during the actual treatment.  Some users mistakenly think that they need to feel more friction for it to be effective, and end up using too much pressure and time.  As with most skin care techniques and strong products, it is important to introduce it into your routine gradually.  This is one of the benefits from using microdermabrasion at home.  Many professional treatments are sold as a one-size-fits-all series of sessions, spaced out evenly, usually every other week, using the same intensity at each session.  By choosing home treatments, you can start out slowly and gradually work your way up.  This is great if you have sensitive skin, which often reacts negatively to the intensity of professional treatments.

Home microdermabrasion treatments come in many forms.  A microdermabrasion kit is the most popular.  These kits will contains a hand held wand with a rotating head and a cream or gel containing aluminum oxide crystals.  You apply the cream to the wand, turn it on, and then massage your face in upward circular motions.  Most crystal microdermabrasion systems are not designed for use around the eyes and mouth, so check the directions.  When you’ve treated your entire face, clean it with a mild face wash to remove the crystals, and then apply a moisturizer, preferably something that contains rejuvenating ingredients.  It is important not to use too much pressure when you are using your kit, or to remain on one area for too long.  When you first start out using microdermabrasion, use minimal pressure and time and then evaluate your skins reaction.  Check for redness and irritation a few hours after your treatment, and then again the next day.  Over exfoliation is usually not apparent until some time has passed.

There are other options for using a microdermabrasion treatment at home.  You can use a microdermabrasion scrub that contains the same crystals, but is applied with your fingers using moderate pressure in an upward circular motion.  You can also purchase a microdermabrasion machine that uses a rotating wand with a crushed-diamond tipped head.  These machines are costly, but can offer results that are virtually identical to professional treatments.

If you want effective microdermabrasion without the mess of a cream, gel, or scrub, you should look into a microdermabrasion cloth.  These cloths are made of a special fabric that is very abrasive.  You use the cloth similarly to the other microdermabrasion products, by using moderate pressure in an upward circular motion.  It is very easy to over exfoliate with these cloths, so be sure to use minimal pressure for your first treatment, and evaluate your skin later for signs of over exfoliation or other negative side effects.  Another benefit of a microdermabrasion cloth is that you can use it around your eyes and mouth, and even on your lips, but you must use virtually no pressure in these sensitive areas to prevent damage and irritation.

You’ll get the best results by using a microdermabrasion treatment at home regularly.  This form of exfoliation removes dead skin and in some cases damaged live skin, but it does so just a little at a time.  You also need to use microdermabrasion consistently to experience collagen-boosting effects.  Many people use a microdermabrasion at home every week, or every other week.  Some skin, especially body skin, can tolerate it twice a week  as a part of a scar removal regimen.

Proper aftercare following a microdermabrasion treatment at home is important.  You should moisturize immediately after your facial treatment with a rejuvenating lotion that contains soothing botanical ingredients or antioxidants, like a Vitamin C lotion.  You shouldn’t use other forms of exfoliation or strong actives like retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, or high concentrations of Vitamin C for a few days to a week following microdermabrasion.  Daily sun block use is also essential, because freshly exposed skin burns and discolors easier than normal skin.