Microdermabrasion for Skin Pigmentation

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Microdermabrasion involves removing the top layer of the skin. This method is done by rubbing rough granules or crystals on the surface of the skin which remove the dead layer of skin, along with any cosmetic imperfections such as skin pigmentation. The crystals used are usually aluminium oxide. This method can be done by rubbing a cream on the skin or by using a suction hand piece. Microdermabrasion causes the production of new skin cells.

What can microdermabrasion be used for?

Microdermabrasion can be used to treat the appearance of various skin pigmentation disorders such as age spots, brown spots and acne scarring. It should be used for superficial skin hyperpigmentation. The treatment takes up to 30 minutes and is not painful. At first, it may feel scratchy but this sensation should soon turn to a vibration feeling.

Who can be treated by microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a commonly used treatment. It is non-surgical and safe. You should not use microdermabrasion if you have any open wounds, acne, rashes or eczema.

What are the side effects?

Immediately following microdermabrasion treatment the area may swell and turn red. This is a temporary effect and should last for only a few hours. If you have microdermabrasion with the suction device then this could cause bruising, which will last for a few days. Microdermabrasion can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun so you should wear sunscreen after treatment.

Can you do microdermabrasion at home?

You can get microdermabrasion kits for home use. These usually contain the abrasive cream and a ‘massage’ tool with which you can apply the cream. Before using one of these kits you should apply the cream to a small area to make sure that you have no adverse effects to the treatment, such as an allergic reaction.

Another way of doing microdermabrasion at home is to use microdermabrasion cloths. If you choose use these you should be careful not to rub too hard and scratch your skin.

Whilst doing microdermabrasion at home is a much cheaper option, it is safer and more effective to get it done by a qualified practitioner.

How much does microdermabrasion cost?

At home microdermabrasion kits can cost anywhere between £10 and £130 depending on the brand and quality of the kit. In a salon or spa, microdermabrasion costs around £40 to £130. Medical microdermabrasion can cost between £60 and £200 and this is usually the most effective treatment.

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