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How microdermabrasion works

How microdermabrasion works – The basics

Microdermabrasion is a fantastic treatment for all kinds of different skin types. Whether you’re suffering from acne and blemishes, pigmentation, dullness, or fine lines and wrinkles, Microdermabrasion can help. But what exactly is it, and what does it do? Read on to find out!

What happens during a treatment?

Your therapist will begin by cleansing your skin, and then they will use a specially designed electronic handset to pass a fine jet of abrasive crystals over your skin. These crystals loosen dead skin cells and grime from the surface of your skin. The handset also has a gentle vacuum action, which sucks away the crystals and dead skin. The procedure is painless, and relaxing. After the treatment, your therapist may apply soothing products such as a sheet mask or hydrating face mask, or they may apply skincare products and SPF right away, depending on the kind of treatment you have booked. 

Skin needs some help

Although our skin does naturally slough away some dead cells, it doesn’t do it as efficiently as it could. Our skin isn’t particularly well adapted to the requirements of modern living, and it needs a boost to stay looking good. Without extra exfoliation, dead skin cells become trapped in our pores by excess oil, leading to blackheads and spots. Makeup and pollution particles can also get ‘stuck’ to dead skin cells, leading to oxidative stress, which ages the skin.


Microdermabrasion is one of the most effective, yet gentle, ways to exfoliate the skin. It is far more intense than any at-home exfoliator, and yet much kinder to the skin than peels and other harsh exfoliating beauty treatments. When you book a course of Microdermabrasion treatments your therapist gradually increases the intensity over the weeks. This more intense exfoliation reaches deeper layers of the skin every time. This leaves your skin looking radiant, soft, blemish-free and even-toned. 


The vacuum action of the Microdermabrasion handset doesn’t just prevent mess by conveniently sucking away the debris; it also has a really amazing effect on the skin. The vacuum action stimulates microcirculation within the skin, which promotes collagen production. Collagen is one of the substances that gives the skin its structure; it makes the skin plump and firm. So by helping to increase the skin’s collagen levels, Microdermabrasion helps you to achieve a smoother and less wrinkled complexion. 

Stimulates cell renewal

As we age, everything slows down, our skin included. Old cells stick around for longer and new replacement cells take more time to be produced. By removing more dead skin cells than your skin can manage by itself, Microdermabrasion stimulates your skin’s cell renewal processes, prompting it to make more skin cells. This means that not only are you getting a fantastic exfoliation session during your treatments, your skin will continue to exfoliate itself at home too. By having higher cell turnover, fine lines, dullness and wrinkles become reduced. By having higher cell turnover, fine lines, dullness and wrinkles become reduced.

Continued improvement

Stimulating cell renewal isn’t just a good thing for people with ageing skin – it also helps to reduce pigmentation by increasing the rate at which pigmented cells are replaced. This stimulation can also transform congested, spot-prone skin types. An increase in cell renewal also increases the rate at which pore blockages are brought to the surface of the skin, and the exfoliation removes these blockages before they can cause spots.

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