Beauty Talk::Is Microdermabrasion all about scraping your outer skin?

 Is Microdermabrasion all about scraping your outer skin?

Yes!! not literally but technically. This is all about Microdermabrasion which became a topic of research and discussion for me when I saw Pond's Microdermabrasion Kit in Spencers, a shopping mart. So before we know anything about Pond's Microdermabrasion Kit which I am soon going to invest in, let's know about Microdermabrasion.

What is Microdermabrasion? 

Microdermabrasion, is one of the easiest and most effective anti-aging treatments you can get. It is a cure to many skin related problems like fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots, age spots and sun damaged skin. It also decreases pore size. Microdermabrasion also makes it easier for high-tech skin care products to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and help build collagen, which gives skin its youthful appearance.
The procedure of microdermabrasion is performed using a machine that sprays fine crystals across the skin, removing the top layer of the skin, and then vacuuming the crystals and skin away.

Microdermabrasion works best when performed as a series of treatments - typically six sittings every 7 to 10 days. Noticeable changes can be seen after the first treatment - usually smoother, healthier looking skin. After a series of treatments oiliness is decreased, dilated pores are less pronounced, and areas of thick skin are thinner. Fine wrinkles sometimes appear smoother.

There are two types of technology involved in Microdermabrasion – 

Crystal microdermabrasion technology (Original) - Original microdermabrasion technology is over 20years old and It uses a wand to both spray and vacuum up aluminum oxide crystals, also known as corundum, the second hardest mineral after diamonds. Salt and Baking Soda are also used by some machine for Microdermabrasion which is also called particle resurfacing, power peel, derma-peel or Parisian peel.

Diamond-Tip microdermabrasion (New) - diamond-tip microdermabrasion achieves the same results but with less discomfort and without the crystal residue at the end of the treatment.

Precautions after using Microdermabrasion Treatments:

-          It is important to realize that you have taken off the outermost layer of the skin, which is also its protection, so this is not the time to go to the beach.
-          Be careful with your skin a few days after the microdermabrasion treatment: don't do vigorous exercise and don't expose your skin to the sun.
-          Wear a gentle physical sunscreen, even if its a cloudy day.
-          Do not get microdermabrasion if you have extremely sensitive skin, diabetes, vascular conditions like rosacea, skin inflammation, bacterial infections, lack of tactile sensation, keloid scarring, cuts and abrasions, or have gotten Botox within 72 hours.

Is home Microdermabrasion as effective as machine microdermabrasion?

No, Home kits are not that useful as machine microdermabrasion (True microdermabrasion) is usually done in a day spa, medical spa or specialized skin care studio. It gives results you can't achieve with a home microdermabrasion kit, which is basically a scrub for the face that is often too abrasive and can even irritate skin.However, home microdermabrasion kits work nicely and may reduce a trip to parlors for getting facials for sure.

How much a Home Microdermabrasion Kits can cost?

They start with a price as low as Rs 700 ($15) and go as high as Rs 5000 ($200) or more.

Are Microdermabrasions kit available in India?

Yes, so far I know and have seen Pond’s Microdermabrasion Kit and this kit led me to do all this research on Microdermabrasion. Otherwise I never gave it a thought. This kit is available for Rs 738 in Shopping Marts like Spencers and online for shipping within India @ violetbag .

 I know there may be more which I haven't come across of yet but I think Neutrogena, L'Oreal, Olay etc have already brought Home Microdermabrasion Kits.

Home Remedies for peeling off your outer layer of skin

 Facial Brushes
Apply a pea-sized amount of cleanser to face. Using circular movements, gently cleanse with dampened brush. Move it in circular motion slowly and softly. Don't be harsh. Rinse brush after use. Shake out excess water. Air dry.

Buy Dermalogica Face Brush for $ 21 (Free Worldwide Delivery) @
Buy Basicare Complexion Massage/ Cleansing Brush @ Healthkart

 Baking Soda

Mix a spoonful of baking soda with water and make paste. Apply it with your finger tips moving it in circular motion. It is a natural exfoliant and works really great. You need to go easy with it and use less baking soda if it causes redness or rashes on face. However, redness is natural when you are exfoliating your skin so do it during night so your face becomes normal over night while you are sleeping and your skin is resting with you too.

Baking Soda is easily available at your nearest grocery stores.


I don't have facial brush yet and I have been using tooth brush on my face since the day I knew about using brushes on face. Using brush is a little uncomfortable because bristles are hard and meant for your teeth not face. However, some toothbrushes like one from oral B works great. You are supposed to go real slow and soft with toothbrushes.

The best about toothbrushes is that it can reach your nose area really well where I doubt facial brushes can reach. I don't think I need to tell where toothbrushes can be bought.

Some Microdermabrasion Kits I came to know about!!


It isn't available in India yet and not on other websites which sell to India either. I'll let you know as soon as I know if it's available for India too.

If you want to know more microdermabrasion then do visit these websites, microdermaskincare, skinabrasion which are also source of my post.

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P.S. - Check back as I may update this post with related/updated information.
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  1. If one is having proper idea on treatment of Microdermabrasion,he can do it at home.All the cooking items are the constituents for it.

  2. Yeah you are absolutely right. Microdermabrasion is done at the upper layer of the skin and very beneficial for acne scar removal, dead skin, black heads, impurities and many more.



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