Why Microdermabrasion is still as popular as ever

Those of you that have spent some time in the aesthetic skin care industry will be familiar with one of the most popular skin clinic and beauty salon staples, microdermabrasion

The treatment has always been a popular treatment on the high street since it gained some traction in the 1990s, and has remained as popular as ever.

This is due to it’s affordability to the client when having the treatment done professionally but also the easy access to homecare machines that can be purchased online. Microdermabrasion as a homecare treatment particular has increased in popularity which we will go into further detail later. 

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How microdermabrasion works

Microdermabrasion is a treatment that involves the gentle exfoliation of the skin using a handheld device. Exfoliation treatments typically remove the top layer of dead skin cells which reveal the fresher, younger looking layers of skin below.

By exfoliating the skin, you also stimulate a healing response which, in turn, increases collagen production. Microdermabrasion is fantastic as a general skin rejuvanation treatment and it is ideal as a regular facial that clients can have. Although it can aid in scar reduction, it is not the optimal treatment for this skin condition.

Microdermabrasion’s beginnings

Various different dermabrasion treatments have appeared over the course of time. As far back as 1500BC Egyptian physicians would use a type of sandpaper to abrase the top layer of the skin to remove scars.

More recently, in the past 100 years,  there have been various different methods used to remove the top layer of skin such as cumbersome human powered machines and wire brushes. However, these treatments came with complications such as a high risk of infection, long downtime and pain during the treatment. 

The first microdermabrasion machine was invented in Italy in 1985 by two Doctors, Mattioli and Brutto. These rose to popularity through the 1990s and became commonplace in skin clinics throughout the early 2000s.

These microdermabrasion machines collected the abraded skin and siphoned it into a container instead of it be aerosolised, which could cause infection to the practitioner.   

Increase in availability of microdermabrasion machines

Microdermabrasion machines have become very easily accessible for both professionals and those wishing to treat themselves at home. The professional microdermabrasion machines are also more affordable than other more advanced treatments such as radio frequency and photo rejuvenation. These often means it’s a go to first machine to buy for skin businesses. 

The rise in the availability of home care machines does come with some potential problems, however.

There are currently no manufacturing performance standards that have been set for microdermabrasion machines. The FDA has classified that microdermabrasion machines are a class 1 medical device. This means machines don’t need clinical efficiency to be sold.

What is diamond microdermabrasion?

Standard microdermabrasion exfoliates by spraying fine crystals at the skin whereas diamond microdermabrasion uses a synthetic or real diamonds tip to exfoliate the surface of the skin. This results in no risk of crystals being ingested by the client or the aesthetician which is possible during the standard treatment.

What is Diamond Microdermabrasion?

The diamond-tipped wands usually come in different sizes and level of coarseness to be used dependent upon skin types and the depths of the resurfacing.  

If you would like to train in microdermabrasion, we offer a fantastic course with the option to buy a diamond microdermabrasion machine after. Just click here for more information.  


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