In a nutshell, microdermabrasion (or microderm, for short) is the gentle “sanding” of the face using tiny crystals that exfoliate away the upper layer of your skin.
This non-invasive, and painless treatment yields smoother skin, more even skin tone, and better skin texture.
Microdermabrasion is best for those who suffer from age spots, uneven skin tone or dark spots and can be thought of as an intense, physical exfoliation treatment. It’s an ideal option for those with less sensitive, thicker skin.
You shouldn’t be getting microdermabrasion if you have skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, herpes, lupus, open sores, psoriasis, fragile capillaries or widespread acne.
You'll want to avoid exfoliating creams and/or retinol products (especially Retin-A). It’s best to forgo tanning, tanning creams and sprays at least a week before your treatment. It's best to avoid getting botox, waxing, or other kinds of facials before your appointment — all of this can have adverse effects during and after microdermabrasion.