Why do we need to exfoliate our skin?

Our skin is constantly generating new skin cells at it’s lower layer. As these new cells are made, old, dead ones rise to the upper layers of your skin. Exfoliation is the skin’s natural process of shedding these dead skin cells to reveal the younger, fresh skin cells beneath.

As we age this natural process of exfoliation slows down. Cells start to pile up unevenly on the skin’s surface, giving it a dry, rough, dull appearance. But we have options to improve the natural process by using an exfoliation to help the skin shed the dead cells.

What is Microdermabrasion and how does it work?

Microdermabrasion is a gentle skin resurfacing treatment that can rejuvenate and restore the skin’s natural glow.  It is a safe, non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that is one of the most effective treatments for anti-aging!

The service is preformed with a diamond-tipped wand and uses a vacuum technology. The natural diamond chips polish the skin and remove dead skin cells, which are then whisked away into the vacuum. There are a couple different tips with various grades of roughness, and the correct one is chosen for your skin type and condition. 

At Beauty Box Esthetics, diamond-tip microdermabrasion is preferred because it is better for sensitive skin and is performed with very little discomfort. After your treatment, the skin may have a pink glow but you can resume your normal activities almost immediately. The procedure can be done as a quick treatment on it’s own or incorporated into a relaxing facial service.

What are the benefits of a Microdermabrasion treatment?

  • Softens fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps to smooth coarse and uneven skin textures
  • Decrease the appearance of scarring and pore size
  • Skin care products will penetrate the skin better
  • Reduce superficial hyper-pigmentation, also known as age spots
  • Immediate results
  • Quick and painless
  • Safe for all skin types and tones, even for sensitive and dark skin types

How does microdermabrasion help aging skin?

Microdermabrasion stimulates skin cell turnover 
by removing the dead cells from the skin’s surface, and also by triggering the arrival
 of collagen, helping your skin rejuvenate faster than normal.  Also, the removal of surface layers improves the effectiveness of topical anti-aging products by enhancing their ability to penetrate the skin.

How does microdermabrasion help acne and beneath-the-surface bumps?

Acne, blackheads and whiteheads result from dead skin, sebum and dirt clogging the pores, sometimes rupturing under the surface. By taking away the surface layers of the skin, microdermabrasion can remove the material trapped in many of the pores and also smooth skin texture, even out dark spots and surface scarring. By reducing surface cell build up, microdermabrasion also allows your acne home-care products to work more effectively.

How many treatments will I need?

For best results, it is generally recommended to get a series of treatments. A typical regimen consists of a series of four to eight treatments done at intervals of two to four weeks. After a consultation and analysis of your skin type and condition, we can recommend a number of treatments required for optimum results.

Contraindications for microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is not advised if you have extremely sensitive skin or vascular conditions such as rosacea. If you have active or open acne lesions, it is best advised for you to wait until these lesions heal. If you have diabetes, skin inflammation, bacterial infections, keloid scarring, cuts and abrasions, or have had Botox within 72 hours, this treatment is not recommended. Use of topical antibiotics, Retin-A or Accutane must be discontinued 4-6 months before microdermabrasion.  Use of glycolic acid or alpha hydroxyl acid products must be discontinued 3 weeks prior to treatment.  Other contraindications to microdermabrasion include sunburn, viral infections like herpes simplex, if you are taking anti-coagulant drugs or have a lack of tactile sensation.