Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical cosmetic exfoliation procedure which gently gives the skin a very superficial resurfacing. By removing the outermost layer of the stratum corneum, the skin will appear smoother, fresher, more vibrant and naturally glowing! The skin is a truly amazing organ. Without it, no other organ would survive; it has the ability to control body temperature, waste removal, detoxification, provide structure and protection, as well as to make us look good. It also has the unique ability to completely replace itself, all on its own. The reality is that it is designed to do it by itself! Until of course, you throw in… the “human factor.”
Now, we won’t take all of the blame, but let’s look at factors that influence the rate of cell turnover. As we age, especially following menopause for women, the natural process of skin erosion becomes uneven, which results in a loss of retained water, a dry, rough, and uneven texture. Obviously, we can’t stop the natural aging process, but we can do something about factors that contribute to the “unnatural,” or pre-mature aging process. External factors such as pollution, UV exposure, smoking, poor diet, stress, medications, illness, improper product use, and excess exfoliation all contribute to early aging of the skin, and an inhibited rate of cell turnover.
Four days prior to treatment, discontinue using all alpha hydroxy acid products (those containing glycolic or lactic acid), salicylic acid products, retinoids (Retin A, enova, Differin and Tazorac) and other topical acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide. If in doubt about using any product, please discontinue it and discuss it at your appointment.
The following procedures/products should not be performed or used for a minimum of 7-10 days before and after Microdermabrasion:
- Scrubs or exfoliants
- Injections (Collagen & BOTOX)
- Laser treatments (any kind)
- Facials or masks
- Chemical peels (any kind)
- Fragrance Alpha hydroxy acids (including glycolic and lactic acid)
- Salicylic acid
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Hydroquinones (Alustra, Lustra AF, and Glyquin)
- Retinoids (Retin A, Renova, Differin and Tazorac