What is Microdermabrasion?

what is microdermabrasion

So exactly what is microdermabrasion, what is it used for and how can help you look better?

Well, to put it simply microdermabrasion is a form of exfoliation.

The dictionary states that:  it's a cosmetic procedure that uses an abrasive spray to remove tough, damaged, scarred, or wrinkled facial skin.

The term "microdermabrasion" is used so often when referring to a number of different cosmetic treatments - from home exfoliation scrubs, to glycolic treatments and professional chemical peels - that it's no wonder so many people are confused.

So to clear up any confusion: 

A true microdermabrasion treatment or facial usually involves a procedure much like a  sand blaster - but much gentler – that uses a powder with various ingredients including specific salts that scrub your skin as they’re discharged (or pressured sprayed onto the skin).  

In addition to the spray technique some microdermabrasion procedures use a super-fast rotating disc (either etched with aluminum or diamond crystals) that gently peel away at the upper most layer of the dermis called the stratum corneum.

How does it work?

This is picture of my personal microdermabrasion machine. I bought a few years ago for less than $160.00 and it's more than paid for itself considering the cost professional treatments.

The tip or head of the microdermabrasion wand is placed against the skin. This is where the rotating disks are located...

home microdermabrasion machine rotating disc


Professional (and really good home microdermabrasion) machines should have a mild suction or vacuum which helps pull a small section of the skin close to the head where it is either "sand blasted" or smoothed with a rotating disc.

The photo above shows a rotating disc found on a home microdermabrasion machine.

The technician or person using the machine slowly works across the face in small sections, exfoliating the skin in a smooth sweeping motion.

They generally start at the forehead and work down to neck and sometimes even chest.

What is microdermabrasion used for?

Microdermabrasion can be used for a number skin issue that can benefit from a deep exfoliation process.


This includes:

  • sun spots
  • scars
  • rough dry skin
  • clogged pores
  • and of course wrinkles

Basically this treatment is used to remove top dead skin layers.

Dead skin is part of what makes our face look dull and older.

Because of this, microdermabrasion treatments are a powerful, effective, and very essential part of an anti-aging system.

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