Diamond tip microdermabrasion is a very popular skincare treatment for people looking to get rid of acne scars. But what is it exactly? Microdermabrasion is a facial treatment that physically exfoliates the outer layer of the skin. Diamond tip microdermabrasion uses a diamond tipped want that polishes the surface layer of the skin.
While this may sound like a terrible idea, diamond tip micro resurfacing is actually perfectly safe. It is a non-invasive treatment, which usually is performed by a trained skin care professional. If you have sun damage, congested skin, acne scars or keratin-clogged pores, the results can be unbelievable.
Microdermabrasion machines traditionally use a device similar to a tiny sandblaster. It sprays microscopic aluminum oxide crystals against the skin. A vacuum suction device would then remove the abraded skin cells, revealing the refreshed skin underneath.
Diamond peel microdermabrasion is particle free, and uses a diamond tip wand. Instead of blasting tiny crystals, the wand tip is covered in tiny natural diamond chips that polish the skin. This means the treatment can be much more accurate and it reduces the downtime. Think of it as using a precision manual sanding machine vs a sandblaster.
Diamond peel microdermabrasion wands come in a variety of sizes and levels of coarseness. This allows for the treatment to be tailored exactly to the patient’s needs, and the different areas of the face. You will usually need several treatments, between 6 and 10 spaced 2-3 week intervals.
Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion Benefits
Diamond peel microdermabrasion is a quick, half an hour painless treatment that you can fit in your lunch hour. This has made it incredible popular.
This treatment polishes away dead cells and the dull surface layers of the skin. This is noticeable immediately, as skin appearance immediately improves:
- Oily and dull skin
- Enlarged and clogged pores
- Fine lines
- Mild acne stars
- Irregular skin texture
Removing the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin also makes treatment products more effective. This is similar to the effects of a facial steamer. Makeup will also go on much more smoothly on clean, polished skin. Think of diamond tip microdermabrasion as enhanced exfoliating.
At the same time, this level of exfoliation has a deeper effect on skin. It quick-starts cell division, stimulating fibroblast activity. This increases collagen production and leads to firmer, thicker skin. As we age, collagen production slows down, which this type of treatment helps with.
Microdermabrasion also enhances blood circulation and lymphatic flow, which keeps skin healthier.
Microdermabrasion Vs Facial
Diamond peel microdermabrasion treatments are not the same as a facial. In fact, they compliment each other.
A facial is a much more customized solution to your skin care woes. A trained skin care professional will examine your skin, and design a treatment course. This could mean exfoliating and cleaning out pores, but also firming and boosting collagen for example.
Facials are also a chance to relax and enjoy massage, cleansing and masks. Microdermabrasion is not painful, but it doesn’t offer the same degree of relaxation and spa-like feeling.
Diamond tip microdermabrasion should be done once every 2 or 3 weeks at first, and once every 1 or 2 months for maintenance. It leaves skin bright and smooth, and helps with a lot of things a facial would help too. It also makes the skin much more receptive to masks and other skin care treatments.
Depending on your skin concerns, a facial may be able to address them better than microdermabrasion, or the other way around. However, if you are having both it is a good idea to schedule your facial after your microdermabrasion peel.
Glycolic Peel Vs Microdermabrasion
A glycolic peel is a chemical peel that uses glycolic acid to remove the dead cells on the surface of the skin. This takes some time: The peeling process is not instantaneous and you won’t look your best as the skin peels from your face. Generally speaking, a glycolic peel should not be scheduled within a week of any important event. However, they offer more dramatic results.
Diamond tip microdermabrasion, on the other hand, has no downtime. At most your skin will look a bit redder afterwards. The results are immediate, even more if you schedule a facial right afterwards.
If you are considering a chemical peel vs microdermabrasion for wrinkles, it really depends. Chemical peels can be mild, medium and deep, and range from mild discomfort to requiring anaesthetic. Microdermabrasion is always much more gentle, and so more limited. It’s a perfect noninvasive alternative to laser or chemical peels.
If you have deep wrinkles and fine lines, microdermabrasion may not be enough for you. You may need to invest in deep chemical peel treatments which are often significantly more expensive. They also require more downtime and should be only done under medical supervision.
What To Do After Microdermabrasion
Post microdermabrasion care is simple. Your skin may feel a bit tighter and dryer, which is why a hydrating serum and moisturizer are a must have (but should be part of your skincare routine already). You may feel like you got a mild sunburn, and even some redness. However, this shouldn’t persist more than a few hours and hydrating serums and moisturizers will help.
Sunscreen is also essential, as your skin will be more sensitive to sunligth and can burn easily. And if you got a diamond peel microdermabrasion for sun damage, you want to prevent it from reoccurring.
You should avoid sun exposure for a week after treatment, and use at least SPF 30 sunscreen afterwards. Don’t schedule a microdermabrasion treatment right before your outdoors wedding or tropical holiday.
In order to reduce the chances of irritation, do not drink alcohol for around 48 hours after the procedure. You will be given instructions on any medicine that you should avoid, but generally speaking aspirin and ibuprofen will be out of bounds for a week.
Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion Machine Types
A professional diamond tip microdermabrasion machine is a very expensive piece of kit. It has many different wands and settings and it is not easy to use. However, there are diamond tip microdermabrasion machines suitable for at-home use.
Microdermabrasion at home machines vary in terms of suction power and the quality and type of the diamond tips. They are not as effective as a spa treatment, but they work: it just takes longer! Generally speaking, they are bulky and not something you would have on your vanity, but they can be a worthwhile investment.
Microdermabrasion, at home or at a skin care professional office, is great if you have:
- Uneven skintone
- Acne prone skin
- Mild acne scars
- Mild sun damage and liver spots
- Large and blocked pores
- Dull skin
You can buy crystal microdermabrasion machines for at home use, usually a bit cheaper. But diamond tip ones are better and safer for at home microdermabrasion. Crystal microdermabrasion machines create a vacuum and then blast your skin with crystals to slough off the dead skin cells. Then the crystals and the skin cells are sucked back through a different tube and to the disposal container.
Crystals are aluminum oxide, sodium chloride or sodium bicarbonate, and while safe they can react with sensitive skin. At the same time, the crystals are messy and could cause irritation if they get into the eyes or mouth. Diamond tip microdermabrasion machines offer you much more control and quicker treatments.
The best microdermabrasion machines for home use are definitely diamond tip machines. The slight difference in price doesn’t make up for the hassle.
Have you tried microdermabrasion yet? What were your results? We hope this diamond tip microdermabrasion guide has answered all your questions, but feel free to ask more on the comments.