How to Maximize the Results of Microdermabrasion

January 27, 2021

How to Maximize the Results of Microdermabrasion

In this article:

  • What is microdermabrasion and what is it good for?
  • How does microdermabrasion work?
  • How does microdermabrasion interact with your collagen levels?

What is microdermabrasion and what is it good for?

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive skincare procedure used to minimize the appearance of fine wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and discoloration, blackheads and large pores, sun damage, acne scars, age spots, and stretch marks. This technique leverages the power of exfoliation and removes dull and dead skin cells by using an abrasive surface to slough and suction them away. Board-certified plastic surgeons use microdermabrasion machines, a hand piece outfitted with an abrasive aluminum oxide, crystal, diamond studded tip, that penetrates the top layer of the skin and removes old cells to reveal the fresh young-looking skin underneath. A more modern technique is similar to the popular microneedling procedure in which the skin is exfoliated and products are infused into the dermis. The result is improved skin texture and elasticity, as well as facial rejuvenation.

Microdermabrasion is generally considered safe for most skin types but should be avoided if you have any open skin lesions, warts, severe acne, skin conditions like rosacea, auto-immune system conditions, or recently had a chemical peel. In American, microdermabrasion treatments cost anywhere from $100-$200 and can be done every week or spread out over approx. 8 weeks.

How does it work?

So does it work? A recent study published in the Archives of Dermatology by the University of Michigan says it just might! Microdermabrasion doesn't just reveal "new" skin, it stimulates the production of collagen, the protein that is responsible for keeping skin firm and healthy. The study compared untreated skin to patients that underwent microdermabrasion and found that the treated skin had increased production of both collagen and elastin, which are associated with wound healing and skin remodeling. It might seem counter-intuitive, but purposefully damaging the epidermis with microdermabrasion is what stimulates the dermal repair and results in new collagen production and skin rejuvenation.

So what are the downsides? Well, microdermabrasion typically is not associated with downtime after your procedure although it may take a couple of hours or days for the inflamed skin to heal. Right after the procedure, your skin may be sore, red, inflamed, or swollen. If the skin is not protected with SPF and a daily moisturizer, it can cause dryness and flakiness. Overall, more studies need to be done to verify its effectiveness on a scientific level, but compared to the other options, microdermabrasion is a safe, quick, and effective form of skin resurfacing.

How to boost collagen for the long run

The "magic" of microdermabrasion is all about boosting collagen levels back up. Collagen is a structural protein that acts as scaffolding within our connective tissues. It's what keeps our skin firm and thick, but it's also what makes our joints flexible and strong and helps us to overcome injuries. Collagen can also promote hair growth and strengthen our nails even better than biotin. The trouble is that as we age, our natural collagen levels begin to decline. That's why we struggle with joint pain, lack of mobility, and the typical signs of aging such as wrinkles and dark spots.

You may be wondering why we don't just use a collagen face mask instead of getting microdermabrasion. Applying collagen topically has proven to be largely ineffective. This is because the protein molecules are too big to penetrate the skin. While microdermabrasion can stimulate collagen in one specific area, it can quickly become damaged and the procedure’s effects can wear off within a few weeks or months. Additionally, this collagen stays put where it's at, meaning that while it may make our faces look younger, we aren't reaping the total body benefits collagen has. So, the most effective way to boost our collagen back up to youthful levels and maximize the effects of microdermabrasion is by promoting collagen production from the inside out.

Oral collagen supplements are easy and effective! A 2019 study found that short and long-term use of collagen supplements assisted in wound healing and prevented skin aging. This can support your microdermabrasion in two ways. Firstly, it can speed up recovery by boosting your skin's collagen levels. Secondly, oral collagen supplements have been found to increase skin elasticity, hydration, and dermal collagen density, adding the finishing polish to your new facial. Collagen supplements don't require that you add another step to your skincare or wellness routine. Instead, you can get your daily recommended value by adding a scoop to your morning coffee, oatmeal, or even post-dinner tea. Just remember to choose a highly bioavailable, flavorless, clean collagen supplement and you won't taste a thing!

Taking collagen in the weeks leading up to and after your microdermabrasion appointment may help to prep your skin, help you heal quicker, and even spread out the time between your follow up sessions. Whether you're considering getting microdermabrasion for the first time or are simply looking to keep your skin glowing and fresh in between sessions, reach out to your doctor or dermatologist to see if collagen and microdermabrasion will be a winning combination for your skin.

Summary Points

  • Microdermabrasion leverages the power of exfoliation and removes dull and dead skin cells by using an abrasive surface to slough and suction them away
  • Purposefully damaging the epidermis with microdermabrasion is what stimulates the dermal repair and results in new collagen production and skin rejuvenation
  • The "magic" of microdermabrasion is all about boosting collagen levels back up
  • Collagen supplements have been found to increase skin elasticity, hydration, and dermal collagen density, adding the finishing polish to your new facial




Also in Amandean Wellness Center

Fasting’s role in your skin’s complexion and clarity
Fasting’s role in your skin’s complexion and clarity

February 23, 2021

We've all heard the classic "you are what you eat" yadda yadda yadda. Skincare gurus will tell you that their skincare routine doesn't stop or end with topical products, it's ingrained into their diets and morning protein shakes. But what if your skin clarity depended on when you eat just as much as what you eat? Fasting can kick our entire bodies into gear by detoxing and burning through fat, but it can also alter our skin's chemistry and help us to achieve that youthful, clear glow. Whether skin health is your main goal or you simply want to reap the benefits of this happy little side effect of intermittent fasting, here's how it works!

Continue Reading

Get your blood flowin’: The link between muscle fatigue & poor circulation
Get your blood flowin’: The link between muscle fatigue & poor circulation

February 23, 2021

Typically, when we think of poor circulation, the first thing that comes to mind is pins and needles in our arms after sleeping funny or purple-y skin. The fact of the matter is that your circulation is incredibly important to your overall well being. Having poor circulation is an underlying cause for a number of ailments, and it puts you at higher risk for much more serious diseases as well. You might benefit even more from getting a good rush of blood to your brain and muscles than you would a strong shot of espresso! Even if you are in seemingly perfect health, it doesn't hurt to get up and get your blood flowing to keep your mind and body active and healthy.

Continue Reading

How to retain your energy level while fasting
How to retain your energy level while fasting

February 23, 2021

You know those days when you forget your lunch at home, are too late to make yourself a nice breakfast before running out the door, or are too busy to get up from your desk? I find that I am more irritated (AKA hangry), scatterbrained, and shaky. That's what I always imagined fasting to be like and I couldn't understand why all my coworkers and friends were giving it a go! What I soon found out though is that fasting is not a random blindside to your body. In fact, it's calculated, controlled, and when done correctly, can bypass many of the side effects of skipping a meal, including retaining your energy. If the fear of mid-day slumps is preventing you from hopping on the fasting bandwagon, look no further. This is how to beat it!

Continue Reading