It is not surprising that people with acne feel overwhelmed considering the vast choices for home remedies, prescribed medications, and innovative treatments available to prevent and/or reduce scarring. The great news is that with all the opportunities to reduce acne scarring with medications, treatments, and remedies, people with this skin disorder have safe and effective options but it is also easy to understand why choosing the best solution can be difficult.
Technological Differences Of Home Microdermabrasion VS Clinical
A professional microdermabrasion treatment utilizes advanced microderm machines that, in effect, “polish” the skin. By emitting a pressurized stream of abrasive crystal particles onto treated areas, these machines remove dead skin cells, improve the look of acne, fine lines, and skin imperfections, and smooth out the texture and tone of treated skin. Professional microdermabrasion can use aluminum oxide crystals (the most common type), sodium chloride or magnesium crystals, or crystal-free, diamond-tipped applicators during treatment. Aluminum oxide microdermabrasion is the most popular choice because it’s effective but not too expensive, and because its bacteria-killing properties have even been shown to prevent acne from forming. Patients should always consult with a certified clinical esthetician prior to microdermabrasion treatments to learn which form of microderm the clinic uses, and the procedural risks and benefits that are involved.
At-home microdermabrasion kits, although designed to treat the same skin problems as professional microderm, and very safe to use, their inferior technology can’t produce the same level of results. Even with at-home systems that use crystal or diamond particles, the particles are often mixed with a face cream that’s applied by hand, or they’re rubbed on with a scrubbing applicator. These systems will improve the look and feel of skin slightly, but they aren’t powerful enough to benefit skin more than your standard exfoliation scrub can.
So, when choosing between professional and at-home microdermabrasion, you may want to ask yourself another question: Do I want to sacrifice quality for convenience? Because, when it comes to quality skin care results, especially for older patients with advanced wrinkles and skin damage, at-home methods just aren’t going to “scrub” it!