The Modern Man’s Guide To Microdermabrasion Facials
by Face of Man
The most exposed part of our skin is also the most sensitive skin – our face.
Sun exposure from your weekly cycling routine, wind burn from yachting and pollutants in the Sydney CBD air can cause dead skin cells to build up on the surface. Build up of these dead skin cells is normal and cannot be avoided but when left unattended, your pores become clogged up. No matter how many expensive creams, serums and masks you may apply to your face, these will be unable to penetrate the surface due to blocked pores.
Any skin therapist and dermatologist can tell you that healthy skin begins deep beneath the top dermal layer. The only way to apply skin products to this layer of skin is by a microdermabrasion facial once every few months.
What Is The Difference Between Dermabrasion And Microdermabrasion?
Dermabrasion (ablative laser) is a surgical procedure that requires local or general anaesthesia. A dermatologist or registered plastic surgeon uses special equipment to sand away your skin. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasion and non-surgical technique that exfoliates dead horny cells.
The main difference between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion is the affected layer of skin. Where Ablative produces controlled skin damage in the deeper layers of your skin, microdermabrasion targets only the most superficial layer of your skin (the stratum corneum).
Unlike Ablative laser, microdermabrasion is suitable on all skin types and pigments. It causes no skin colour change or scarring. As it is addresses only the most superficial layer of your skin, microdermabrasion is not effective against deep acne scars and wrinkles.
If you believe you require dermabrasion, consult a registered dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon.
What Is Microdermabrasion Facial?
Microdermabrasion is a skin treatment that buffs away dead skin cells. The procedure utilising diamond head tip helps to remove toxins and increases circulation.
When born, human skin is renewed in just a few days. Due to natural aging, however, the process of renewing skin can take months. This is where microdermabrasion helps – it renews your skin.
Unlike Ablative laser, microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure. Generally speaking, there is no pain involved. Sometimes, you may feel some discomfort and this is where having an experienced skin therapist is advantageous. They can identify sensitive areas on your face and augment pressure to minimise your discomfort.
Using a diamond head tip , this helps to generate the growth of new skin cells, meaning that a few days later your skin instantly looks fresher and brighter.
With the dead skin cells buffed away and the pores cleared, it allows for greater penetration of vitamin-rich serums to help boost skin’s health. It also acts as a good preparation before extractions, such as the removal of blackheads, because the dead skin surrounding the pores is removed.
The process of microdermabrasion itself does not hurt – it’s just a little uncomfortable – but it normally leaves the skin tender and red for a few days.
Microdermabrasion Vs Peels
In your search for facial skin care treatment, you may have come across peels. Both microdermabrasions and peels are exfoliating treatments. Where they differ is the type of exfoliation.
A peel uses a mixture of alpha hydroxy acids to dissolve dead skin cells. This chemical solution dissolves the connection that holds dead skin cells together on the epidermis. Depending on your skin and goals, there are varying peels in strength and depth to choose from. On the other hand, microdermabrasion gently vacuums away the dead skin cells from the epidermis.
Can I Get A Peel Done On The Same Day As A Microdermabrasion?
The answer to this question will depend on your skin. For sensitive skin types, it may be best to wait at least 2 weeks after your peel before microdermabrasion treatment. For some men, it may be perfectly ok to have microdermabrasion and peel performed together.
Consult your skin therapist for a personalised recommendation.
How Long Does Microdermabrasion Treatment Take?
The procedure itself takes 45 to 50 minutes. At Face of Man, your skin therapist will cleanse your face to prepare your skin, perform microdermabrasion, then cleanse your face again to clean away any stray crystals. We’ll typically massage your face, neck and shoulders to ensure that you walk out of our salon feeling refreshed.
How Much Does Microdermabrasion Cost?
You can get a microdermabrasion treatment at Face of Man Sydney NSW 2000 for AUD $150.
What Should You Not Do After Microdermabrasion?
For the next 24 hours post-microdermabrasion, you face will be pinkish and feel dry and tight (similar to experiencing windburn).
Avoid direct sun exposure for the next 7 days after the procedure. This is because after exfoliation, the newly exposed skin is very sensitive and can easily be damaged by sun exposure. Therefore, be liberal with applying sunscreen onto your face (you should be doing that anyway).
You should also make it a habit to touch your face with your hands. Every time you rub your nose or eyes, you are transferring dirt and bacteria to your face. This can lead to dirty and clogged pores.
Is Microdermabrasion For Me?
It is important to remember that everyone’s skin is different. At Face of Man, an experienced skin therapist will begin by assessing your skin type and its suitability to a treatment.
A person with rosacea, for example, may want to avoid microdermabrasion because it will aggravate their skin. The process is also not recommended for those with conditions such as eczema, herpes, lupus or widespread acne, as this can irritate the condition further.
If you have sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and blackheads, and uneven skin tone and texture, microdermabrasion may be suitable for you.
The Next Step
We know that the modern man takes care of their physical appearance.
At Face of Man, many of our clients are busy executives and successful entrepreneurs who work or live around Sydney CBD. As such, we appreciate that your time is precious. Our range of skin treatments provide a careful balance between results and premium experience.
For this reason, we were rated the best men’s salon in Sydney by GQ.
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