If you do not know what it is, the term sounds somewhat scary – or at least confusing. There is no reason to worry, however, microdermabrasion is an effective and fairly straightforward procedure that enhances skin appearance and undoes cosmetic damage that may have occurred from sun exposure, acne, and aging. And when microdermabrasion is done properly by a trained professional it is completely safe as well.
However, like any procedure there are some things that you should keep in mind when considering and undergoing microdermabrasion.
These are the do’s and don’ts for this common procedure:
1. DO Stay Hydrated
This common procedure takes such a short period of time that it can be easy to forget that there is at least something of a recovery period. During the first few days after microdermabrasion, it is important to be especially mindful of your skin. It is always important to stay well hydrated for the sake of the health of your entire body – including your skin. If you already drink plenty of water, then it is important to stick with that good habit for the first couple of days after microdermabrasion; if you do not ordinarily drink a lot of water then after microdermabrasion is a great time to start.
2. DO Have it Done By A Professional
Some people attempt to do their own microdermabrasion procedure. If you were thinking about this, it is a risky plan at best. Even though this is a quick, safe process, remember what they used to say on television: “Do not try this at home.”
3. DO Stay Away From the Sun
Although it is highly advisable to stay out of the sun as much as possible immediately after microdermabrasion, most people cannot avoid the sun altogether. Even with limited sun exposure, make sure to wear a powerful sunscreen – with an SPF of at least 30.
4. DO Eat Healthy
In addition to drinking plenty of water during recovery, you can also hydrate while also giving your health a boost by eating plenty of fresh fruit.
1. DON’T Expect the Unexpected
This technique is “magical” in a lot of ways, but it is not literal magic. Your skin might be a little more pink than usual for the first day or so. This is completely normal and part of the process, and it is important to follow the safety tips listed above during this period (hydration, sunscreen, etc.). However, it is also important to not expect immediate results with no recovery phase. It also usually takes a few treatments before major results become apparent.
2. DON’T Wear Makeup
For about four days after a microdermabrasion treatment it is important to avoid any kind of home peeling treatment for your skin. You should also steer clear of any kind of full face make up such as foundation.
3. DON’T Do It Without Discussing With Your Doctor
If you have a history of skin problems or other medical issues, do not undergo microdermabrasion without discussing with your doctor first.
4. DON’T Try It At Home
Although there are a few home microdermabrasion kits on the market, this is not something you should attempt to do yourself. It is still a medical procedure, and as a medical procedure which should only be attempted by a professional with the proper microdermabrasion equipment.
Microdermabrasion is popular for some very good reasons. However, like any procedure there are some important things to know and take into consideration before and after the process.
The writer of this article, Nicole, is a freelance writer who has been writing for the beauty industry for years.