Everything You Need to Know About Microdermabrasion

There is no denying that this is the age of skin care. Everywhere you look, there are new products, procedures, and cures that are being offered to you.

But while there are indeed all kinds of trendy options available at the moment, other treatments have been firm favorites for decades, particularly due to the great results they bring. Microdermabrasion falls under the latter category.

Read on to discover important things you need to know about microdermabrasion.

1. Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical technique.

First developed in Italy in 1985, microdermabrasion is a non-surgical technique that is usually conducted through a course of treatment. During the procedure, the skin gets exfoliated so that the surface layer of dead skin cells are removed and replaced with new, healthy skin cells. This leaves you with softer and smoother-feeling (not to mention younger-looking) skin.

Generally, your microdermabrasion procedure will only take around 30 minutes and the full recovery time is as short as one to two days. Keep in mind that immediately after your treatment, your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight. While some people feel slightly uncomfortable during the procedure, you must know that it doesn’t hurt. Instead, the sensation is more along the lines of mild scratching.

2. It provides a wide array of benefits for your skin.

Now that you know what microdermabrasion is, you probably want to know why you should include it into your beauty regimen. Generally, it doesn’t take much convincing once you have heard the vast array of benefits it can provide for your skin.

These benefits include eradicating (or greatly diminishing) irregular pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, clogged or enlarged pores, acne scars, rough skin texture, excessive oil, and dry skin. The procedure can also reduce the presence of superficial hyperpigmentation, age spots and other types of skin damage that have been brought on by the sun.

Additionally, the treatment generates heightened levels of collagen and elastin. This not only leads to healthier, younger looking skin, but also allows for greater absorption of skin care products.

However, this benefit isn’t solely reserved for your toners and serums. Having a more even skin surface as a result of microdermabrasion enables makeup to be applied more smoothly.

3. It is generally safer and more cost-effective than other options.

Many people opt for microdermabrasion over other options (such as chemical peels and laser treatment) as it is generally safer and more cost-effective. On that note, beware of home dermabrasion kits as they are often far too harsh for most people’s skin.

One of the most beloved types of treatment is a microdermabrasion procedure called CACI Microdermabrasion which works on any skin type (pigmented, oily, dry, mature, etc.) Some salons offer it in combination with light therapy, which then works even more effectively to fight lines and wrinkles and soothe the skin.

That being said, always seek medical advice first before opting to try a new treatment. Generally, if you have a skin condition such as rosacea, eczema, open sores, psoriasis, or widespread acne, then it is not recommended that you try microdermabrasion.

4. Do your salon research.

As with all beauty treatments, you want to ensure that you are going to a high-quality salon in your location that provides the most effective facial treatment. This is going to make all the difference when it comes to both the quality of your treatment and your comfort level throughout the process. Your aesthetician should be communicating with you from the beginning to explain the procedure and to confirm that you are feeling fine.

For most treatments, it is usually recommended that you commit to a series of six to 10 procedures in order to obtain the optimum results. To give your skin the adequate recovery time, book these appointments with two weeks in between.

Have you ever tried microdermabrasion? If so, what was your experience like and do you have any tips for others who are looking to try it? If you haven’t had this treatment done before, are you interested in giving it a go? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.

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