Microdermabrasion, or crystal peel, is an effective deep exfoliating procedure. Using a vacuum technique, fine aluminium crystals are blown at the skin then vacuumed away removing the very superficial layers of the skin including excess oil. When done repeatedly medical microdermabrasion can be helpful in treating acne and may enhance the effectiveness of other treatments for fine lines, superficial scars and melasma. By removing the very superficial layer of the skin (the stratum corneum), medical microdermabrasion may also help the penetration of prescribed treatment creams such as Vitamin A creams or skin lightening creams.
Microdermabrasion treatment takes approximately 15 minutes, is pain free and feels like a deep exfoliation. Following the procedure the skin may look slightly red for a few hours, but this can be easily covered with makeup and normal day-to- day activities can be resumed immediately.
Most individuals find that a course of microdermabrasion has more benefit than a single treatment and report that the skin feels smoother after treatment.