Touted as one of the best solutions for troublesome skin, microdermabrasion is one of the most talked-about skin treatments of 2018.
If you want to achieve flawless skin but are intimidated by the prospect of microdermabrasion, we've called on the experts to share everything you need to know before taking the plunge.
Dr Ross Perry and Kate Whitling, from The Harley Medical Group, have shared the commandments anyone intrigued about microdermabrasion needs to know.
What exactly happens during a treatment?
Right, straight into the technical stuff. During treatment, a 'highly-controlled flow of medical grade aluminium' oxide crystals are released, which gently sands off the dead and dull outermost layers of skin (the ones that are dulling your skin's shine). This exfoliation, combined with a vacuum, helps increase blood flow and oxygen to the skin whilst stimulating new collagen growth and revealing new, living skin cells on the skin’s surface. Hello, plump skin.
Who should get microdermabrasion?
This treatment works really well for congested skin, anyone suffering from hard-to-tackle blackheads and clogged pores. Microdermabrasion is perfect for softening fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing superficial scarring and generally revealing glowy new skin (who wouldn't want that?).
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Who shouldn't get microdermabrasion?
The experts say they would never recommend this type of exfoliation to someone with super sensitive skin or with broken capillaries as the abrasion could cause more trauma on the skin. "We would also never treat a client who has recently had sun exposure as the quality of their skin may be compromised so we’d recommend four weeks post-tanning," they added.
Timing is everything
Time your treatment carefully. If you’re having treatment before a special occasion, you may be red for a day or two so have treatment at least a week in advance of a ‘big do’ to be on the safe side. You've been warned!
You will need to avoid the sun AND wear sunscreen with SPF of 30 or more to protect delicate skin, so don’t book a treatment just before a holiday in the sun.
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Make it a regular thing
As with all good things, they take time. Microdermabrasion is best carried out as a course of treatments rather than a one-off. You’ll see results build up as you have more sessions. The experts recommend a course of three treatments to see the best results, but it can be used as a monthly boost throughout the year.
What your therapist needs to know
You must tell the therapist if you have a history of cold sores or problems with skin healing.
Is at-home microdermabrasion a thing?
There are DIY microdermabrasion machines which can be purchased and used at home. Most of these are hand-held and can dramatically vary in price. Without the professional assessment you'd receive at a clinic, make sure you do a patch test first and ensure you have the correct skin type for treatment. PMD Personal Microderm Microdermabrasion (£120 via ) is a favourite of microdermabrasion fans.