The Pros and Cons of Microdermabrasion – Your Ultimate List

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We’ve talked about the safety of microdermabrasion, and we’ve looked at some of the best microdermabrasion machines. Now we’d like to talk a bit about the pros and cons of microdermabrasion.

For those of you new to this process, microderm is a cosmetic procedure in which the skin is exfoliated using either a spray containing tiny crystals or a special-made diamond tip. So, before we go any further, let’s look at the different benefits of these microderm types.

What Are the Advantages of Crystal Microdermabrasion?

Crystal microderm is the original, traditional form of this process, and it’s one that’s frequently used in salons today. Your skin is sprayed with the crystals, and then, they are suctioned out, drawing the dirt and bacteria out with them.

Some at-home microderm machines use crystals, though most of them are diamond-tip-based.

A significant advantage of crystal microderm is that it’s particularly powerful for treating older, more mature skin. Crystals aren’t generally recommended for young, sensitive skin, because it’s too strong. But it’s great in restoring more aged or sun-damaged skin and getting you back some of that glow and smoothness of your youth.

It can be efficient in softening dry skin and making it feel more ‘bouncy’. Crystal microdermabrasion is also great because it takes little to no recovery time. The crystals used are safe to use on people with allergies, and they are generally non-toxic.

However, one big issue with crystal microderm is that the crystals are so small that they can be ingested or inhaled, which obviously, is not safe or recommended.

Crystal microderm is more mechanic, meaning that in a sense, it’s easier for amateurs to use it. But this also means that it relies heavily on the state of the machine itself, so you need to spend a considerable amount of time and cash on maintaining it.

What Are the Advantages of Diamond Microdermabrasion?

Diamond microdermabrasion, on the other hand, is entirely crystal-free. It also uses suction to remove dirt and bacteria and has the major benefit of reaching tight spaces, such as around the nose area, where blackheads typically cluster.

Another advantage of a diamond-tipped microderm is that it doesn’t leave any particles that you might ingest. It’s excellent for sensitive types or people with oily, acne-prone skin.

Unlike crystal microdermabrasion, the diamond-tipped depends on the skill of the person doing it. That means, if doing at-home microderm, you can’t rely on the machine to do a safe and efficient job, but rather it’s up to you to do it correctly.

One other issue with this particular type of microdermabrasion is that the diamond tips can be harder to clean. And if they’re not cleaned properly, bacteria tends to accumulate, which in turn leads to infections.

General Pros & Cons of Microdermabrasion

So now that we’ve talked about the different microderm methods, let’s move on to the advantages and disadvantages of this cosmetic procedure.

The Pros:

  • There’s no downtime for either of the two. You won’t have red or inflamed skin, so microdermabrasion is safe to do even before a presentation or big event;
  • Microdermabrasion is short. Whether it’s done by a professional or at home, a session doesn’t usually last more than 30 minutes, depending on the area you’re covering. We’ve seen kits that get it done in as little as 3-4 mins;
  • Microdermabrasion can be safely done at home. It’s relatively easy once you get the hang of it, and you can get professional-grade treatment for a fraction of the cost;
  • It can be used for a wide range of ailments, such as acne, ingrown hairs, dark spots, and stretch marks. This makes it an at-home machine a very versatile acquisition;
  • It efficiently cleans your pores, keeping the skin clean, smooth and free of blemishes;
  • It extracts blackheads, which can be particularly annoying, not to mention challenging to remove otherwise.

The Cons:

  • Unfortunately, it’s not a one-time procedure. You need to invest time and do microdermabrasion regularly to see and maintain results;
  • If done improperly (for example, if you use too much pressure or linger in one spot for too long), it can damage the skin, cause swelling and bruising;
  • Though rarely, it can leave the skin feeling particularly sensitive;
  • Although it can be extremely efficient for milder cases of acne and in reducing acne scars, it cannot help with deeper, cystic acne;
  • It can’t help reverse the signs of aging either, though it can make your skin softer and smoother (so, in a way, it can lessen those signs, to an extent);

How to Do a Microderm Facial at Home

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Since we mentioned at-home microdermabrasion machines, we thought it would be fun to include a little guide on how to do a microderm facial safely in your own home. The same basic rules apply when microderm-ing other areas of the body.

  1. Clean your skin of all products and sweat using a mild cleanser like micellar water. It’s essential not to use an oil-based cleanser, so as not to leave any on your skin.
  2. An important aspect of the microderm profess is that your skin is dry before you start, so pat (don’t rub) your skin with a soft, cotton towel.
  3. Switch on the machine and with one hand, pull the skin tight, so as not to hurt yourself. Run the tip of the microderm wand once over the skin. Go upward because a downward motion will only promote sagging skin.
  4. Make sure not to linger or insist on any one spot, so as not to get bruises or scrape the skin.

  5. Once you feel you’ve covered the entire desired area, switch off the machine, and apply your usual moisturizer and/or oil. Remember, you’ve just exfoliated your skin, so now, moisture is crucial for nurturing those new, healthy layers.

Always read the instructions of the product you’re using and follow those to a T.

In our opinion, the pros for microdermabrasion far outweigh the cons, but only provided that you do it carefully and safely.