If you are like many people, you may have heard of professional microdermabrasion, but you don't know exactly what the procedure involves. You may also wonder whether it is worth the small investment over using at-home face scrubs that also remove dead, dry skin from your face. The truth is that microdermabrasion is much better for your skin than those over-the-counter or DIY face scrubs, and here are two reasons why.
1. Face Scrubs Contain Jagged Particles That Can Tear Your Face
If you look at the ingredients in your face scrub, you will likely see that the particles that scrub your face are nut shell pieces or other rough ingredients, such as sea salt. While these particles do remove skin from your face, they remove it very haphazardly and unevenly, and they can even tear your delicate facial skin. Tiny tears in your skin, called "micro-tears", are not visible to the naked eye, so you won't even know when they are developing when using a rough facial scrub. These tears then become havens for bacteria and lead to acne breakouts and even skin infections.
Professional microdermabrasion, on the other hand, exfoliates the surface of your skin very gently and evenly. Tiny crystals are projected from the microdermabrasion wand that are much, much smaller and rounder than those jagged particles of nut shells or sea salt. This means no tears in your skin and no damage during treatment.
A good microdermabrasion practitioner also ensures that every part of your face receives just as much exfoliation as it needs. He or she may go over that tough area of acne scarring twice while exfoliating the more delicate areas of your face only once.
2. Microdermabrasion Can Stimulate Collagen Production in Your Skin
If you have skin that is sensitive to chemical exfoliants, such as glycolic acid, that are known to help stimulate collagen production as well as remove dead skin from your face, then you may feel like you are missing out on this great anti-aging feature of chemical exfoliation. You can't achieve the same effect with face scrubs.
Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, has been proven to stimulate collagen production in skin, just as those chemical exfoliants do. This makes it a great alternative to chemical anti-aging treatments that are just too harsh for some people's skin. Microdermabrasion is also all-natural, so if you fear that there may be undiscovered long-term side effects when using chemical anti-aging products, you can feel safer when obtaining microdermabrasion.
Before you use that at-home face scrub again, remember that it may be doing your skin more harm than good. Consider obtaining microdermabrasion instead, so you can have all of the benefits of safe exfoliation without damaging your skin in the process.
For more information, contact a professional like Merkel William D MD.