First things first. What is Microdermabrasion? Basically, a licensed, trained skin therapist uses gentle abrasion with suction to remove (or peel if you will) the dry, dead, outer layer of skin in order to stimulate and reveal new healthy skin underneath. Sounds great right? Let’s discuss.
Those of us over 50 need to be very careful with Microdermabrasion treatments because as we age, our capillaries and blood vessels naturally get weaker (particularly those with fair skin) and all that suction and abrasion can make things worse! So how do you know which one or if any of the treatments described below will work for you? Consider the sensitivity, redness and thickness of your skin and the skill and experience of your licensed skin therapist.
- Traditional Microdermabrasion- This treatment is done with Aluminum Oxide Crystals, which could be hazardous to your health*. A handheld suction device gently sprays these crystals through a tube, and onto your skin while at the same time using suction to remove both the crystals and the dry damaged outer layer skin that the crystals have loosened up. (for the record I do not preform this service for my clients or have this treatment done on myself as I think there is too much risk involved)
- Diamond Microdermabrasion. To me this is a much more gentle and safe way to go. Basically again a closed handheld vacuum device is used but there are no crystals involved, a huge plus due to the potential toxicity of the Aluminum Oxide and also the mess involved! This device actually has a diamond tip that is used and it gently “scrubbs” the skin loosening up the dry outer layer which is then suctioned away in the same handheld device. These types of systems are great because they can also deliver serums to the skin at the same time, not only delivering you more treatments in one, but also saves time and money again because it is multi treatments in one. (This treatment is a much better option for sensitive skin, but again it is not my preferred)
- Dermasweep is another particle free microdermabrasion. They use polyester or nylon bristle tips to gently “sweep” away the dry dead outer layer and also infuse a treatment serum, for your skin type, at the same time. Hydrafacial too, is particle free and they call their treatment “Hydradermabrasion” They have a specially shaped spiral tip which exfoliates and removes impurities along with delivering pneumatically applied serums that cleanse, hydrate and provide antioxidant infusion during the treatment process. I have used and received both of these treatments and love them!
Now, if you’re over 50 should you have any of these treatments? The answer is maybe! LOL Sorry, but it will depend on the sensitivity and thickness of your skin and the skill and experience of your licensed skin therapist. Ask yourself the following questions and if you answer yes to any of them I suggest, you do not have traditional microdermabrasion with Aluminum Oxide Crystals or even the Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion.. I do however recommend both the Dermasweep and the Hydrafacial treatments. Discuss with your trained skin therapist beforehand. Obviously if you have sensitive skin you want to have a milder treatment with less suction strength.
Is your skin very sun-damaged?
Do you have broken capillaries?
Do you have Rosacea?
Is your skin thin?
Do you have any open sores? If you answer yes to this question do not have any treatments until they are healed :)
Microsermabrasion can be beneficial to the skin; however for thin skin types or those of us with redness in our complexion or Rosacea and/or fragile capillaries, the suction and abrasion can cause damage. So do your research, know your skin type and make sure you’re dealing with a professional before having ANY of these treatments!
In health And Happiness
Juline Hamilton LC
*”Aluminum Oxide Crystals can cause irritation to the skin and eye exposure can cause corneal scratches and abrasions. Inhalation of the crystals and specifically the powder from the crystals can result in lung irritation and asthma exacerbation, which is more of a health concern for the professional administering the treatments,” says Dr. Matthew Schulman, assistant professor of plastic surgery at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine.