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Microdermabrasion Frequently Asked Questions

What is microdermabrasion?
What types of skin conditions can microdermabrasion help with?
Can I really do microdermabrasion at home?
Why is Treasured Locks offering microdermabrasion now?
Why should I buy microdermabrasion products from Treasured Locks?
Why are natural ingredients so important in microdermabrasion products?
How do I know if I'm doing microdermabrasion right?
Why microdermabrasion for African Americans versus other exfoliating procedures?
What is the difference between microdermabrasion and dermabrasion?
Is microdermabrasion for me?
Does microdermabrasion hurt?
What should I expect immediately after microdermabrasion treatment?
When can I expect to see the results from microdermabrasion?
Are there any contraindications to microdermabrasion?
Are there any risks to microdermabrasion?
Do I have to continue to do microdermabrasion after I start?  What happens if I stop doing microdermabrasion?
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Q.) What is Microdermabrasion?

A.) Microdermabrasion is a moderately aggressive form of exfoliation.  Generally speaking, microdermabrasion involves the use of crystals suspended in a cream to abrade or to rub away the top layers of the dermis (skin).  Microdermabrasion is deeper than superficial peels done by a chemical processes.  And deeper than gentle exfoliation done by less hard crystals or beads.  However, microdermabrasion is more shallow than dermabrasion which is generally performed by a doctor and carries greater risks.  Microdermabrasion is more effective than the more shallow exfoliation processes and carries a relatively low amount of risk, compared to dermabrasion.  So, microdermabrasion is safe to perform at home.  Microdermabrasion treatment to remove the top layers of the skin encourages the lower layers to produce new cells faster, improving skin tone and getting rid of superficial skin problems.

Q.) What types of skin conditions can microdermabrasion help with?
A.)  In addition to just improving overall skin tone, making skin smoother and more elastic, microdermabrasion can help with any number of superficial skin conditions.  By removing the top layers of the skin, many conditions are simply lifted away and new undamaged skin replaces it.
Here are just a few of the conditions microdermabrasion has been reported to help with:
  • hyperpigmentation (dark spots)
  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • mild to moderate acne
  • acne scarring
  • shallow scars
  • stretch marks
  • uneven skin tone
  • razor bumps
  • white and black heads
  • enlarged pores
  • dull skin

Microdermabrasion helps skin regeneration by encouraging skin to increase collagen production and elasticity.  Skin is left looking more fresh and smooth.

Q.) Can I really do microdermabrasion at home?
A.) Microdermabrasion in a doctor's office or a spa often involves the use of specialized (and expensive) equipment. But, complicated and expensive is not always better.  Microdermabrasion machines generally involve a wand that blasts crystals onto the skin.  The crystals abrade or rub away the top layer of the skin.  Then, the crystals and the exfoliated skin cells are vacuumed back into the machine.  There's really nothing magical about this process.  It is a simple procedure and one that can be mimicked without the expensive equipment.

You can obtain similar (although arguably less aggressive) results in your own home.  Rather than using just the crystals, you use the same crystals suspended in a cream.  Our microdermabrasion products use medical grade aluminum oxide (corundum) crystals.  You will pressure and friction from your fingertips rather than from the machine to rub the crystals across the skin where they will remove and pick up the dead skin cells.

There are cheap microdermabrasion creams on the market that are not as effective as ours.  Even aluminum oxide crystals come in different grades.  So, you want to make sure you're getting a quality microdermabrasion product.  Just as important is a quality follow up moisturizer.  One thing that is for certain, you will save hundreds to thousands of dollars doing home microdermabrasion versus paying a dermatologist or other professional for the treatment.  The average price of a microdermabrasion treatment has been reported as high as $200.  A quick survey we took uncovered people charging from $80-$250/treatment.  At a recommended (6-10) treatments, that's $480-$2,500 for a full course.  With our products, you can perform 15 treatments at home for less $80.00.  Even if it required more treatments at home to get the same results as the machines, you could achieve the same results for far, far less money.

Q.) Why is Treasured Locks offering microdermabrasion now?
A.) Treasured Locks is offering microdermabrasion because the number one complaint we receive from our African American clients is uneven skin tone.  This is usually skin tone changes caused by hyperpigmentation from acne or other mild scarring.  While we offer some very effective products, the most effective ones contain hydroquinone.  Hydroquinone, while highly effective, is controversial.  It's banned in Europe.  And, you can only buy a up to a 2% solution over the counter in the United States (dermatologists can prescribe higher concentrations).  For years we have been looking for a safe, effective, natural alternative to these fade products.  Microdermabrasion is that alternative that we have been waiting for.  Now that a quality microdermabrasion is available for home use, we are excited to be able to provide it to you.  Before offering the product, Brian tried it out.  After only about three weeks and four or five treatments, the results were remarkable.

Q.) Why should I buy from the microdermabrasion products from  Treasured Locks?  It seems everybody is offering a microdermabrasion cream now.
A.) It is true that companies from little known ones right up to Loreal™ and Procter & Gamble Regenerist™ are offering home microdermabrasion kits.  Some are selling for unbelievably low prices and some are selling for unbelievably high prices (relative to the others, still inexpensive compared to a procedure done in someone's office).  

You should be careful.  The low end kits are not always effective.  The right crystals have to be used.  And the right crystals are an expensive ingredient.   While the kits from the major manufacturers contain the right crystals.  The creams used to carry the crystals might not be of the highest quality.  When you are selling tens or hundreds of thousands of units, there's always the temptation to use less expensive "filler" ingredients.  Saving just a few cents a jar in manufacturing costs can turn into many thousand dollars on the bottom line.   Many of them don't even list their ingredients on-line leaving you guessing until you get the product in your home.  We are not ashamed of our ingredients.  We are proud of them.  Each ingredient in our product is there for a reason other than just filling up the jar.  We use no fillers or harmful chemicals.  Our cream is more than just a carrier for the crystals, it's food for your face.  Whether fillers are bad for skin or not is debatable.  But, they certainly are not good for your skin.  Why not use something that is good for your skin?

Q.) Why are natural ingredients even more important in a microdermabrasion cream than in other products?
A.) If you are familiar with Treasured Locks, you know we are kind of sticklers when it comes to ingredients.  We offer many all-natural and naturally based products because we believe the closer to nature, the better.  But, we don't make as big a deal about this when it comes to products that will have minimal contact with your skin (like a soap or shampoo) and be rinsed off.  When it comes to a product that will remain on your skin, we are more cautious.  Microdermabrasion creams not only remain on your skin, you are actually using them to penetrate the top, protective layers.  And, you are often using them on the most thin and sensitive skin on your body- your face.  It is vitally important that these creams contain only the best ingredients for your skin.   Why buy a poor quality knock off product or a mediocre quality mass produced product when you can have a product you can use with confidence?  When it comes to these products, we avoid even the questionably harmful ingredients.

Q.) How do I know if I'm doing the microdermabrasion right?
A.) We give detailed instructions on how to use the product.  While the procedure is simple enough, if you do it correctly, you will get better results.  One of the biggest indicators that you are doing it correctly is that  you will see dead skin fall off of your face (or other areas that  you are treating) into the sink.  Another key is to make sure  you are using enough product to perform the procedure.  Afterwards, your skin should be kind of shiny.  And, will probably be pinker or more reddish than normal.

Q.) Why microdermabrasion for African Americans versus other exfoliating procedures?
A.) Some chemical procedures are not recommended for African Americans because of the risk of scarring.  The great thing about microdermabrasion is that it is recommended for all skin colors, including Asian and African skin that tends to hyperpigment.

Q.) What is the difference between microdermabrasion and dermabrasion?
A.) As the prefix "micro" implies, microdermabrasion is a "littler" version of skin abrasion.  Dermabrasion often is performed in a hospital or clinic environment.  It's much more invasive.  So much more so that it often requires anesthesia and can require an overnight stay.  Dermabrasion is done using a spinning metal wheel to "sand" down the skin.  The recovery is much longer and more complex than microdermabrasion and can involve antibiotics, special creams, etc.  Dermabrasion is, of course, often necessary to treat deeper scars and other skin problems.  But, microdermabrasion is very effective for many superficial problems and is far less expensive and invasive.

Q.) Is microdermabrasion for me?
A.) It's important to understand what to expect microdermabrasion to be able to treat.  It is (like anything else) not a panacea.  If you have superficial skin problems such as: hyperpigmentation from acne, shallow pits from acne scarring, uneven skin tone, uneven skin texture, blotchy skin, fine wrinkles, large pores, age spots or sun spots, microdermabrasion might help with these problems.  While it may not relieve these conditions 100%, it provides enough relief that most people who use the treatment are extremely satisfied with the results, especially for the price and convenience now available through at home treatment.

Q.) Does microdermabrasion hurt?
A.) While you might experience some discomfort with a microdermabrasion treatment from a machine, you should not experience any pain.  The home treatment might feel just a little uncomfortable.  But, there won't be any pain.  I find the treatment at home to be quite pleasant.  Afterwards my skin actually feels refreshed and ultra-clean.

Q.) What should I expect after the microdermabrasion treatment?
A.) Immediately afterwards your skin might feel a little sensitivity, will probably be very smooth to the touch and will probably be pinker or redder than normal.  The day after and for the next three or four days, your skin might feel like it's been sunburned (or actually more like it's been windburned).  You might experience some peeling and dryness.  It's important to keep the skin well hydrated during this time and to avoid harsh chemicals on your face.  We strongly recommend the use of a very good moisturizer (skin food) during  this  time.  It's also very important to keep sunscreen on during this time.  

It's best to avoid any other skin peeling products for at least several days after treatment.  You should also avoid any full-face make up like foundations (liquid or powder) for 3-4 days.

Q.) When can I expect to see results?
A.) There will be results after the first treatment.  One of the key indicators of an effective treatment is dead skin in the sink.  The skin will slough off during treatment and actually fall off into the sink.  You'll notice younger looking skin underneath.  If you have ever gotten an sunburn and peeled and seen the skin underneath, you'll have some idea what to expect.  For African Americans who sometimes get a gray cast from dead skin, this cast will disappear immediately.  Generally though the things most people are treating for will really show results after about five treatments (thus the recommendation that most treatment centers give for 5-10 sessions).  

Q.) Are there any contraindications to microdermabrasion?
A.) Microdermabrasion is safe and effective for all skin types. If you are a "normal healthy" adult, microdermabrasion is not harmful. But, microdermabrasion won't cure everything.  Laser surgery or dermabrasion might be required for some conditions that penetrate the skin more deeply than microdermabrasion can reach.  So, to avoid wasting your money, it's important to know that you can't remove severe scars, tattoos, birth marks, etc. While microdermabrasion has helped many people with mild-to-moderate acne, it is not a cure for acne.  It is often combined with other  treatments.  Acne is a complicated condition with different causes in different people.  If you are taking certain acne medications, you should not do microdermabrasion.  If you smoke, you should not do microdermabrasion.  We will not even try to list all of the medical contraindications for microdermabrasion because we might leave some out. (We're not doctors). If  you have any concerns, please check with your physician.  Do not use microdermabrasion at the same time as any other types of exfoliation treatments (either prescription or over-the-counter) and do not combine it with any fade or skin lightening products, without checking with your doctor.  After healing completely from one treatment, you may try another.  But, while in the healing stage, we do not recommend combining treatments.

Q.) Are there any risks to home microdermabrasion?
A.) Microdermabrasion is relatively risk-free.  It's minimally invasive (it does remove the top layers of skin).  So, it's important to keep the skin clean, hydrated and protected from the sun during and for several days after treatments.  

Q.) Do I have to continue doing the treatments once I start?
A.) After the first 6-10 treatments, a week or two apart, most people will want to do a follow up treatment every few weeks months.  Usually, at the salon or dermatologist, they will recommend every three months.  But, with your home kit, you might want to do a treatment every month or so.  Without the follow ups your skin will not suddenly revert back to its former skin tone.  So, they are not absolutely necessary.  But, most people, once they have their skin looking so great, want to keep it that way.