Written by Liza Hartung
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If you have been feeling that your skin is a little lackluster due to aging or sun damage, you may be a good candidate for microdermabrasion. I know some women who have been receiving the treatment for a while now and they really love it. I say a while, because, like most face treatments, it takes more than one session to really see results. You generally have to go four to eight times for your skin to be where you'd like.

What Happens During Microdermabrasion?

During this type of treatment, the skin is basically sandblasted. Your therapist will use a small machine that will spray bits of crystal on the skin. The mixture can be aluminum oxide crystals, corn granules, salt, or baking soda. This then removes the top layer of the skin, known professionally as the stratum corneum. All those nasty dead skin cells are blown away.

When you receive a professional microdermabrasion treatment, not only will the machine blast your skin, but it will suck up everything that is being loosened by the crystals. Some people question whether this will hurt. People say that it feels a bit like windburn. It might sting slightly and the skin may feel hot and appear pink for a few hours afterwards.

Microdermabrasion is a perfect treatment to reduce wrinkles and pigmentation. The treatment also stimulates the growth of new cells in the deepest layers of the skin. It also stimulates collagen, which is something that begins to break down as we age. Once you have done enough sessions to get your skin where you are happy with it, you should continue the treatments about every one to three months to keep up your results.

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