In my 26 years as a Beauty Therapist, I have seen many beauty treatments come and go in popularity… from Aromatherapy to Fruit Acid Peels, LED Light Therapy and even Placenta Masks but none have remained more popular than Microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a skin exfoliating treatment that helps to smooth the skin surface, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and open pores and helping to even out skin colour by reducing and sometimes eliminating pigmentation.
The concept of skin exfoliation has been around for centuries. In fact, it dates back to 1500 BC when Egyptians reportedly used sandpaper on their skin to improve the look of scars. Then in the 1900’s, Doctors began using a wire brush or a diamond fraise to mechanically ablate (grind) the skin surface in order to smooth scars, lines and wrinkles. This medical procedure is called ‘Dermabrasion’ and is still used today.
Dermabrasion is very extreme and apart from needing a Doctor to perform, the treatment has reported complications such as excessive bleeding, infection, scaring and colour loss in the skin.
So in 1985, a couple of Italian Doctors (Marini & Lo Brutto) came up with a more user friendly version of Dermabrasion that didn’t need recovery time and didn’t come with all the risks. Named ‘Microdermabrasion’, this version utilised tiny, Aluminum Oxide crystals that are vacuumed over the skin to exfoliate away the accumulation of dead skin cells and stimulate collagen growth without any recovery time needed.
One of the first treatments to be dubbed as a ‘no down-time’ procedure, Microdermabrasion quickly became popular for its instant results and ease of use and today remains amongst the top 5 most popular skin procedures, with Botox, Injectable Fillers, Skin Peels and Laser Skin Rejuvenation amongst the mix.
These days, there are a few different versions of Microdermabrasion available. My personal preference is the original version which uses the Aluminum Oxide crystals however there is also a ‘diamond tip’ version that does not use the crystals but instead utilises tiny diamond chips embedded in the end of the hand piece. I personally do not like the results of this second option as I feel the results are not as thorough as when the crystals are used however, the crystals do make a bit of a mess and you will leave your treatment feeling like you’ve just spent the day at the beach… in a wind storm.
If you have never tried Microdermabrasion I would urge you to give it a go. The results are instantly apparent and it is suitable for most skins and age groups with only some limitations so as always, do your homework and be sure you visit a reputable and experienced technician.