Reasons Why Microderm is Here to Stay

Exfoliation Benefits

Exfoliation, the process of removing dead skin cells, is key in many anti-aging, acne and skin brightening programs. The many benefits that exfoliation provides can truly improve multiple skin conditions; however, aspects of exfoliation are especially important to specific types. Skin has a natural cell turnover process in which it sheds its outermost layer every 28 days. As we age, this process slows and dead skin is left to clog pores, dull appear

ance and create poor texture. Additionally, not everyone’s skin cell turnover process functions as intended and may require more or less exfoliation depending on the condition.

1. It improves mature skin.

For mature clients, assisting the skin shedding process with manual exfoliation is crucial for a few reasons. Long-term exfoliation routines can assist in collagen production in addition to helping minimize small wrinkles and fine lines. The stimulation from the action of manual or mechanical exfoliation, such as microdermabrasion, encourages collagen formation. These benefits can be seen best after continued treatment. Many anti-aging programs include a focus on pigmentation and evening skin tone. Whether the goal is to address pigmentation alone or as a part of an anti-aging routine, exfoliation will help with the pigmentation removal process. Often, the action of a skin brightening product targets tyrosinase or melanin production. Inhibiting tyrosinase and melanin stops or slows the formation of new pigmentation. However, preventing new pigment does not address any already present. Exfoliation is necessary to help slough off pigmented cells and restore an even skin tone.

2. It benefits acneic skin.

Clients with acne skin types will likely find professional exfoliation highly effective. Dead skin can mix with dirt and sebum to clog pores and produce breakouts. Exfoliation helps reduce surface oils at the same time as removing dirt and lifeless skin; proving to be of great benefit to those who are oily and breakout prone. However, managing acne with exfoliation is often tricky. While it is imperative to remove dead skin cells and excess oil that will clog pores, it’s also critical to ensure all natural oils are not stripped from the skin. If the skin’s oil levels are completely stripped and not replaced, the body may overcompensate by overproducing oil. This will further contribute to acne production and cause the reverse of the desired effect. However, using exfoliation techniques efficiently is sure to improve stubborn skin conditions like acne.

3. It is consistent and controlled.

Microdermabrasion provides controlled and advanced exfoliation, an essential element of most skin care routines. In addition, leading professional systems have exceptional waste containment systems that protect the technician and client during treatment. Unlike chemical peels and acid exfoliation, microdermabrasion can be used on all Fitzpatrick skin types safely. Traditional microdermabrasion features a consistent flow of crystals and vacuum that gently abrades dead skin while removing it as well as dirt and excess oils. The steady stream of crystals ensures that the exfoliation is even throughout the treatment by not allowing any buildup on treatment tips.

The vacuuming part in microdermabrason increases blood flow.

4. It stimulates blood and lymphatic flow.

The vacuum not only removes waste from the skin, it also provides a massage during treatment. Vacuum massage increases blood flow, helps to detoxify skin and to stimulate the production of collagen. While performing microderm, the vacuum gently grabs and disconnects from skin. This movement is what increases the blood flow as well as encouraging the flow of lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins from the body. Stimulating the motion of lymphatic fluids can aid in the detoxification process, which can be advantageous for all skin conditions, especially acne maladies. Finally, vacuum massage can be extremely helpful for cleaning pores and eliminating blackheads. Allowing the pressure to buildup in a clogged area helps to dislodge stubborn material from the pore, making microdermabrasion a great extraction tool.

5. It can improve scarring.

Microdermabrasion is beneficial for minor scars formed from acne, illness and injuries. Exfoliation helps to improve skin texture by smoothing the surface and encouraging collagen formation. The pitting caused by acne and issues like chicken pox can be made less obvious with continued microdermabrasion treatments. Using a device where the vacuum and crystal flow are controlled independently is best for working on scars. After exfoliation, the crystal flow can be turned down or off and the vacuum pressure can be used on the scarred area to help bring blood flow to the surface. The appearance of raised scars can also be corrected with professional microdermabrasion. In both cases, using vacuum to bring blood flow to the surface is the goal. Deep and severe scars can be smoothed with microderm but require more advanced methods to improve appearance more significantly.

6. It enhances absorption of topicals.

The skin is a tough barrier to penetrate. Typically, only a small amount of product can pass through. This is why it’s necessary to exfoliate first. Exfoliating prior to applying product removes the dead skin cells that would further impede the penetration process. In addition, the increased blood flow prepares the skin beautifully to better absorb and utilize additional products and services.

7. It boosts light therapy efficacy.

Not only can topicals benefit from enhanced ingredient efficiency when combined with microdermabrasion, but the same can be said for other esthetic devices. Performing LED, intense pulsed light and other light-based treatments after microdermabrasion is ideal. The dead skin cell removes a layer the light would have to work through otherwise.

8. It can be added to nearly any advanced protocol.

Microdermabrasion can be thought of as one of the first steps in an advanced treatment protocol. Microdermabrasion is an excellent addition to advanced treatment protocols. By nature, microderm is product and device neutral. This means it can be seamlessly combined with most professional product lines and esthetic technologies.

Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are a common combination that can provide superior treatment results without long downtime and negative side effects. Not all chemical peels can be safely combined with microdermabrasion. In an esthetic only setting, it is recommended that chemical peels have a pH of 2.0 or higher and a percentage of 30% or lower. It is best to start conservatively, watch the reaction of your client’s skin and work your way up to stronger combinations after being very comfortable with the client’s skin. Microdermabrasion can also be successfully combined with infusion systems, ultrasound, light-based treatments and microneedling.

Staying Power

Microdermabrasion is here to stay. This proven technology provides a principal element of most skin care routines efficiently and effectively for all Fitzpatrick skin types. Not only can a variety of conditions benefit from a program that includes microdermabrasion, the systems also allow skin care professionals to design and customize treatments with a variety of products and services. A staple of the esthetic industry, microdermabrasion is a proven technology that will continue to provide visible and consistent results for years to come.

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