Microdermabrasion: Why It's Awesome
I tried microdermabrasion back in the early 2000s and wasn't particularly impressed with it, although at that time, my skin didn't really need any help in terms of looking youthful. I WAS youthful, being in my early 20s and all.
But now, in my mid 30's, I look in the mirror daily and see the little imperfections starting to stake out a permanent home on my face: laugh lines becoming more prominent, smiley eyes creating pronounced crow's feet, pores a little larger than I prefer, etc., etc. So I've started thinking about treatments that might keep my face as fresh and as youthful as my spirit.
In my mid-twenties I was a devotee of chemical peels, and they served me well. Regularly removing the top layer of my dermis kept the dead skin away, and my pores clear.
But now, since dry skin is part of the battle itself, I don't feel guided to apply a drying acid to my skin. Especially because (as I've experienced), if the acid doesn't stay on long enough or isn't strong enough, your skin just dries out a lot, never reaching the point of peeling… which is the whole point.
Let me clarify, there are many different types of peels. Some can be QUITE effective, but yet, I don't feel like experimenting to get just the right amount of acid. I'm ready for something else – like microdermabrasion.
I know I said I already tried it, but not the latest version, not the diamond tip microderm. (Ohhhhh.)
Microderm used to be, (and in some places still is), a treatment where small particles were blasted on the surface of the face to loosen and remove dead skin. All of this sandblasting raised concerns about those small bits lodging themselves into a pore, thus creating skin irritation. And, just the action of the small particle bits dispersing everywhere makes it hard to treat the area around the eyes, which is why the new diamond-tipped method seems so magical. This process seems to be more like dermabrasion itself, a procedure where the skin is scraped and sucked away with a mini vacuum.
The difference is that in dermabrasion, skin is scraped down to the lower levels to activate collagen production, which is a significant amount of scraping, requiring up to 10 days of healing. There's also the oozing and bleeding immediately following the procedure, which may be worth it in a few years, but for now, I'm taking baby steps.
With this "lighter" version, only the upper level of skin is removed. Pores are cleared, minor wrinkles diminished, (even around the eyes) and overall, a fresher face is revealed without any downtime!
As I see my own wrinkles getting deeper, and skin ever duller, I'm fantasizing about this fairly simple way to feel all glowy again. I suspect I am destined to become a microderm addict and promise to report back once I’ve taken the plunge.
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