The term generally means to apply tiny rough grains to the surface of the skin and buff away the surface layer of the skin. The idea is that if you remove or break up the surface layer of the skin and the body interprets that as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new and healthy ones. The skin's surface is improved and the healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother. Some of the skin's visible imperfections, like sun damage, blemishes and fine lines, are removed.
Microdermabrasion uses a machine which rather expensive contraptions that use either crystals or diamonds to abrade the skin. Crystal microdermabrasion machines consists of a compressor that draws in air through a hand-held stainless steel or glass wand. When the wand touches the skin, a vacuum is created. The most common crystals used are aluminum oxide crystals, also known as corundum. They are second only to diamonds in hardness but are a lot cheaper.
Exfoliate and suck up those dead skin cells! Microdermabrasion has been shown to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, shallow acne scars, though results may vary from person to person. Those who suffer from enlarged pores will be pleased to know microdermabrasion can help minimize pores and is great for unclogging them. Microdermabrasion may decrease the appearance of superficial hyper-pigmentation, age spots and other superficial skin damage caused by the sun. So, there is a lot of advantage to do it. Give it a try. At Centrepointe Laser Clinic, our certified practitioners have been performing this exfoliation since 2006.