“Skin care” is a popular topic of conversation, and a broad one at that. A quick Internet search on proper skin care yields millions of results.

To say that conducting research is overwhelming would be an understatement.

Where does one start? What is the most important thing to learn? What, if anything, is scientifically proven and what is just tendy hearsay?

Not to worry. I’m here to help.

While coffee scrubs, face masks, and cucumber peels seem to be all the rage these days, it’s important to lay down a foundation (no pun intended) of basic skin care knowledge before buying into the buzz (or spending your whole paycheck at Lush).

So, let’s start with some basics and talk microdermabrasion. For starters, what is it exactly?

Don’t let the big word scare you. Microdermabrasion is simply a non-invasive procedure that removes upper layers of the skin through exfoliation. The process targets dead (aka non-viable) skin cells, while leaving viable skin alone.

It’s a pain-free procedure that is suitable for all skin types and colors, has a quick recovery time, and yields some pretty neat benefits.

In addition to clearing up dead skin cells, microdermabrasion can help improve blood and lymphatic circulation within the skin, which can also improve the overall health of the patient’s internal skin.

Enhanced movement equals more oxygen and nutrients supplied to the cells, which equals improved and enhanced skin.

Talk about your win-win-win!

Microdermabrasion also has a wide range of uses. The procedure has been used for multiple skin conditions, including acne and acne scarring, age spots, dull skin, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles. With so much versatility, paired with its minimal-to-no negative side effects, microdermabrasion is an attractive skin care choice for just about everyone.

Many people also gravitate toward the procedure because, as mentioned above, it is a non-invasive process that doesn’t cause discomfort and works well with all skin types and tones.

This is a slight differentiation from dermabrasion, which is a bit more invasive and requires a general anesthetic. Dermabrasion also has a longer recovery process (typically 10-14 days), during which the patient may experience some moderate pain and mild skin irritation.

Ultimately, both dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are safe and effective procedures for anyone looking to give their skin a little love. But if you’re looking to heed my advice, I’d steer consumers toward the latter.

Skin care is its own, vast, world. There are infinite websites, blogs, and books inundating consumers with information (and sadly misinformation sometimes) that getting started or educated can be a daunting task.

But don’t give up!

Now that you’ve learned to basics of microdermabrasion, its benefits, and how it differs from its cousin, dermabrasion, you’re ready to learn more!

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