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What is Microdermabrasion? - Everything You Need To Know From an Expert

BY: Laura Pearson Smith | 16 Dec 2015

If you have ever wondered what facial microdermabrasion is, we’ve spoken to a skincare expert to get the lowdown on what it is, if you need it and what it can do for you. Clinetix is an aesthetic clinic with branches in Glasgow’s Bothwell and West End areas. They specialise in cosmetic and non-surgical skin procedures and microdermabrasion is one of the treatments that they offer. Microdermabrasion is a form of exfoliation for the skin. It is a non-invasive procedure that buffs away the outer layer of skin (the dry, dead level); revealing healthy and glowing skin underneath. At Clinietix, a microdermabrasion facial costs £45. I spoke to one of their therapist’s Femi da Rocha-Afodu to find out more…

How does microdermabrasion help and change the skin?

Microdermabrasion exfoliates the outer layers of the skin; speeding up the skin’s cell turnover and helping new cells, such as collagen and elastin, to form. It can be used to improve acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, rough-textured skin, large pores and it is also used for general skin rejuvenation.

What skin types are suitable for microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is suitable for most skin types, although it is not recommended for sensitive skin types, for those with active breakouts, or those prone to hyperpigmentation.

Can you describe the process that the client’s skin would go through during a microdermabrasion facial?

Firstly, the skin is prepared for the treatment by cleansing the skin of any makeup or oil by using a cleanser containing Glycolic Acid which is an Alpha Hydroxide Acid (or AHA). This will help to start off the exfoliation process.

Next, a preparation solution containing Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid, which is a Beta Hydroxide Acid (BHA), is used to further remove any traces of makeup. Then, using a diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wand (which uses suction as well as being abrasive) is used to make several passes over the skin to cause superficial abrasion, focussing on any areas of concern such as crow’s feet.

Once this has been carried out, a Vitamin C and Enzyme mask is applied to hydrate the skin and to remove any flaky skin. After around 10 minutes, the mask is removed and a hydrating moisturiser with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 is applied.

When the treatment is complete, the skin may have a flushed appearance, feel tingly and also feel tighter. The skin will also have a healthy glow. Anyone who has microdermabrasion must take extra care to avoid UV exposure and to wear a moisturiser with an SPF of at least 30 in it.

What qualifications do you need to perform microdermabrasion on a client?

Microdermabrasion is usually performed by a qualified Aesthetician or Beauty Therapist. Most clinics or salons would expect their Aestheticians or Therapists to be qualified to HND level as a minimum requirement.

How often would you recommend a client has microdermabrasion?

Depending on the client’s skin concerns and needs (and factoring in the aggressiveness of the treatment), microdermabrasion can be carried out every 2 to 4 weeks. Although clients who are going on holiday and being subjected to UV exposure, should not have the treatment any less than 4 weeks before the first day of their vacation.


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