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Microdermabrasion Crystals

Aug 17, 2007
If you already know a bit about microdermabrasion, you would know that the process involves the use of tiny crystals, most commonly composed of aluminium oxide. These crystals are blasted onto the stratum corneum (upper most layer of the skin) to rub away dead skin cells and reveal healthier, renewed skin cells beneath.

Many who consider the use of microdermabrasion crystals worry about the abrasive properties of these particles that are being used to clean their skin. But they (and you) should not worry; the commonly used aluminium oxide does not induce any harmful side-effects, for example, because of accidental ingestion or inhalation; it is also very rare to have allergic skin reactions or rash production because of this material. All microdermabrasion systems use clean aluminium oxide crystals that are cleared of impurities such as silica and zinc that are present in the raw material. This is done by repeated melting and cooling, and thus crystallization of the aluminium oxide for at least 8 cycles.

Despite the cleanliness of the crystals, it is very important that your family or personal doctor takes care to cover your nose and eyes before starting the microdermabrasion process. The introduction of any foreign body, into the lungs via the nose or mouth, can still, although not fatal, cause irritation, and either acute or chronic cough. At the same time, the crystals may irritate the mucous membranes around the eye bulb and result in severe irritation and swelling, especially if the client is wearing contact lenses. But do not be put off by these warnings, just simply make sure that you cover your eyes, nose and mouth well - and the microdermabrasion crystals will bring you enough benefit for you to want more and more of their beautifying properties!

Further, it should be noted that microdermabrasion is not only a one-way calibrated system. It can easily be modified and toggled with to adjust to your specific beauty and skincare needs. It is a painless process; and is more like a massage you get at the hair salon than anything else! Remember that you can either get a professionally trained microdermabrasion specialist to carry out the procedure for you, or you can get a home system with training manuals. It is generally recommended that you go to the professional first, and see how its done, and then try it out for yourself at home when you are comfortable with the whole process. If the use of microdermabrasion crystals still bothers you- ask around the neighborhood or friends or family if they have tried themselves. A friendly recommendation with real life results can really make a big difference to the surety of your decision.

So in conclusion, this is just background information for you to feel at ease with the ins and outs of microdermabrasion. To really confirm whether it will make a difference, go ahead and try it out, there are thousands of cleaner, more beautified faces out there because of it!
About the Author
Asanka Samaranayake (BSc Hons Neuroscience) and Darren Patten (Bsc Hons Surgery & Anaesthesia)have a specialist interest in microdermabrasion and provide you with an indispensable resource at Microdermabrasion Info. Net
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