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Microdermabrasion is oneof the most popular facial techniques to have crossed over into the mainstreamfrom Hollywood. Here, skincare experts from The Beauty Academy, take a look athow they work.

Plastic surgery, chemicalpeels and Botox are all hailed as miracle methods to make you look younger.

But there is actuallyanother – far less invasive way – to combat common skin complaints and producea fresher looking complexion. It’s called microdermabrasion.

What does it involve?

Microdermabrasion is ageneral term for the application of tiny rough grains to buff away the surfacelayer of skin.

There are lots ofdifferent ways to exfoliate in this way but whether done with a product at homeor in a professional setting with a specialised tool, the principle of is thesame.

Done properly it canimprove the appearance of the skin’s surface, bring newer skin cells to thesurface and clear up some of the skin’s visible imperfections, like sun damage,blemishes and fine lines.

How does skin work?

Your skin is made up oftwo main layers, the epidermis and the dermis.

The epidermis is theoutside layer. It’s a set of dead skin cells on top of another layer of cellsthat are in the process of maturing.

The topmost layer iscalled the stratum corneum and this acts as a barrier between the outside worldand the lower skin layers.

All of the action inmicrodermabrasion takes place at the level of the stratum corneum.

Professional microdermabrasion

There are two ways tocarry out professional microdermabrasion – the Crystal method and the Diamondmethod.

The traditional Crystalmethod is an ablative procedure. This term “ablation” is used to describe aprocess which removes the outer surface – dead skin cells – by making aforceful use of heat and friction.

The Crystal treatment uses a special,hand held, device which causes a high speed flow of aluminum oxide crystals tobe released upon your skin at a very high temperature and rate. As dead skincells and dirt are blasted off of your face, the system uses a vacuum effect tosuck up and store this unwanted dross.

The process of Diamond microdermabrasionis a slightly different one. It is best defined as working by means of aprocess of abrasion.

Think of abrasion as a process ofscratching or grating against the surface. Essentially its about “sanding” awaydebris from the surface of your skin.

The Diamond microdermabrasion treatmentuses a special, diamond tipped, “wand” device, which sands away dead skin cellsand dirt from the surface of your face.

Then special vacuum device will complete the processby sucking away all of the dirt and dead skin cells that are brought to thesurface.

In short, while the Crystal process works by “sandblasting” dirt and dead skin cells off the surface of your skin, the Diamondprocess achieves the same effect by a process of “sand papering”.

Our choice

At The Beauty Academy wehave a beauty course specifically designed to teach students the diamondmicrodermabrasion treatment. We think this is the most effective and thegentlest on skin.

This beauty qualificationallows the technician or dermatologist to understand exactly how skin works andhow best to use the microdermabrasion tools for success.

Take note

You should never usemicrodermabrasion on the lip area – which is particularly susceptible tobruising – or the eyelids.

Learn with us

Our Microdermabrasiontraining course take one day and costs £165.83 + VAT.

In order to take part inthis beauty qualification at our London training centre you must have entryqualifications in facial massage and skincare.

This beauty course is alsoavailable at our Birmingham and Manchester beauty training centres.

Students are taughtabout non-surgical skinrejuvenation by means of mechanical skin exfoliation.

The course paysparticular attention to which skin conditions can be effectively treated withmicrodermabrasions. These include fine lines and wrinkles, sun damaged skin, acne, blackheads,whiteheads, age spots, hyper-pigmentation, oily, patchy or dry skin.

The direct link tothe course is here:

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