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Microdermabrasion: What you need to know

We all know how important exfoliation is when it comes to keeping skin smooth, soft and healthy. Microdermabrasion offers a way to reap the benefits of a skin scrubbing session without having to open a bottle or shop for a product that works. Purported to take years off your face, we have the goods on how this skin treatment works.

Skin care focus: Microdermabrasion
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Microdermabrasion: What is it?

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, almost 500,000 microdermabrasion procedures were done in 2011 alone, and it’s consistently in the top five most popular nonsurgical procedures. The painless procedure involves exfoliating the surface layer of the skin with a simple abrasive paddle, cream or crystals. Removing the dead cells (which can clog pores and leave skin dull and lackluster) allows the younger, smoother skin beneath to be revealed.

What to expect

A typical microdermabrasion session is fairly quick — it takes between 15 and 30 minutes, making it an ideal midday treatment. Whether you’re fighting fine lines, dealing with age spots or want an effective way to minimize discoloration or other superficial skin blemishes, this multitasking treatment might be a good option for you. Microdermabrasion can also be helpful with oily and enlarged pores, blackheads and even some acne scarring.

Microdermabrasion is also known to stimulate the creation of collagen and cell turnover, something countless anti-aging creams promise, but never seem to deliver. Immediately following a microdermabrasion session, skin often feels smoother and tighter.

Make a note: There may be some redness following a session. Skin will also be more sensitive to sun exposure post-treatment, so don’t skip the sunscreen following microdermabrasion (or ever, for that matter). Moisturizing the skin is also a good idea since the procedure can dry the skin temporarily.

What to consider

Thinking of taking the plunge? Microdermabrasion is a common, non-surgical procedure; however, there are people who should opt out — talk to your physician before booking an appointment. Other than that, microdermabrasion is effective on all skin types and colors, offers a great alternative to chemical peels for anyone with sensitive skin and offers another way to keep skin looking younger and healthier.

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