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At-Home Skin Resurfacing with Microdermabrasion


Updated March 25, 2012


If microdermabrasion in a medical setting or spa is just a little too expensive for your budget, you may want to consider home microdermabrasion.

Home Microdermabrasion:


Home microdermabrasion does not compare to the microdermabrasion used in medical settings such as a plastic surgeon’s office or a spa. This is not to say that there is no use for home microdermabrasion. If cash is tight, this may be the way to go. Also some people use home microdermabrasion between professional microdermabrasion sessions.

How Does Home Microdermabrasion Work?

Home microdermabrasion can come as a kit with a crystal cream and an applicator or it can just come as a cream with the crystals in it. The crystal cream is rubbed into the face with the applicator of your fingers. The crystals buff or polish your skin at a very superficial level.

How Often Should I Use Home Microdermabrasion?

Frequency of use will depend on the product instructions. It is critical not to overuse any product as can cause skin irritation and possibly scarring. Overuse is common with home microdermabrasion kits as they are much milder than office-based microdermabrasion and people are itching to get faster results. Overuse however can cause problems. Make sure to use the product only as directed.

What Are The Aesthetic Effects of Home Microdermabrasion?

The aesthetic effects of home microdermabrasion are much more limited than retinoids, glycolic acid, and office-based microdermabrasion. You should not expect improvement in fine lines or wrinkles. You can expect some smoothening of your skin texture and perhaps a smaller appearance to pores.

What Are The Side Effects of Home Microdermabrasion?

Skin irritation, break outs, and redness may occur, especially if the product is overused.

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