What is microdermbrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a skin resurfacing treatment that gently removes the uppermost skin layers. It is able to lighten age spots, remove slight discolorations and minor scarring like e.g. acne scars, and hyperpigmentation on the face and other body parts and stretch marks. The treatments that are available in spas, beauty salons, in skin clinics, and nowadays also as kits for use at home usually contains aluminum-oxide crystals, and sometimes baking soda to remove the uppermost dead layers of skin, or use a wand tipped with diamond crystals.
Are there risks and side effects with microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion in contrast to surgical treatments like laser abrasion and dermabrasion is the least invasive skin resurfacing treatment. However, there are still some conditions for which microdermabrasion should not be used: e.g. microdermabrasion should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, by people who have weeping acne, active rosacea, keratosis, active herpes lesion, or skin cancer.
List of facial microdermabrasion home remedies
Aside from professional microdermabrasion treatments done in a spa, beauty salon or in a skin clinic or the home microdermabrasion kits that can be purchased now, there are many home remedies that can help with skin discolorations, and minor scars. Each of these home remedies targets a specific skin irregularity, and though they are all natural, some still can have side effects in sensitive people.
Lemon juice can lighten skin discolorations and the citric and ascorbic acids in lemon juice can remove dead skin cells. Ascorbic acid it also necessary for the building of collagen in the skin. Therefore, regular treatment with lemon juice might help increase the elasticity of the skin. For the treatment, a table spoon of lemon juice should be used on a cotton ball. Dab it all over the affected areas and let it sit. After ten minutes wash it off with luke warm water, and moisturize the skin thoroughly.
Fruit puree / juice
Fruits contain weak natural acids (like the citric and ascorbic acid in lemons juice that can help lighten discolorations and remove dead skin cells to give the skin a fresher younger look and help weaken the visibility of minor scars.) Ascorbic acid can also help increasing the elasticity of the skin as it is needed in the biosynthesis of collagen. This works especially well, if the fruit is not only applied to the skin, but also a part of the daily diet. Eating enough fresh vegetables and fruit will help give the skin a fresh healthy glow. Some fruits like papaya or pineapple contain enzymes that can additionally help with the removal of the uppermost dead skin layers and help this way in the removal of acne scars in the face. As a microdermabrasion home remedy, the fruit should be either juiced and dabbed on the skin with the help of a cotton ball or pureed and used as a mask. After ten minutes the fruit should be washed off with luke warm water and a moisturizer should be applied.
Baking soda is a component of many professional microdermabrasion treatments. It exfoliates the skin gently. As a facial microdermabrasion home remedy, you need to mix one teaspoon of baking soda and two teaspoons of water into a paste and massage it on the affected areas for one minute. Then it needs to be washed off with clear water and the skin needs to be moisturized.
Olive oil is one of the best skin moisturizers nature provides us with among the list of home remedies. The nutrients and vitamins like vitamin E contained in olive oil can deeply penetrate the skin and help it to regain its elasticity and suppleness that it might have lost with age and due to acne and other minor scars. Olive oil works best as a moisturizing home remedy when it is used to complement an exfoliating treatment. After the exfoliation with fruits, baking soda or sugar and salt scrubs, massage a quarter to half a teaspoon of olive oil on your skin. It works best if the treatment is used in the evening at bed time as sleeping helps the skin to heal.
Sugar and salt
Sugar and salt scrubs can be a great way to exfoliate the skin. However, they can be a little rough on the sensitive skin in the face, if they are used as a facial microdermabrasion treatment. As an exfoliating treatment, a table spoon of sugar or salt should be mixed with half a table spoon of olive oil and gently massaged on the skin. If you have sensitive skin and regular salt or sugar is too rough as a facial microdermabrasion home remedy, you can use powdered sugar instead. It will be much more gentle, but will not exfoliate as much.
Risks and side effects of microdermabrasion home remedies
Facial microdermabrasion home remedies are all natural and in general much gentler than many professional treatments. The results might need more frequent and consistent treatments than treatments that are available from a spa or a skin clinic, but the risk of side effects is much lower. Nevertheless, there are some risks even with these home remedies. Fruits, especially lemon and lime juice can make the skin of susceptible people sensitive to sun light so that they can develop sever sun burn, and even blistering, if the sun exposed skin that was treated with lime or lemon juice prior to exposure to the sun. Therefore use caution when using fruit juices and puree before you go outside, and make sure to wear a sun protection with a high SPF. Sugar and salt scrubs can be too abrasive for sensitive skin and lead to irritation and redness. Baking soda will change the pH balance of the skin and can also lead to irritations and redness in people with sensitive skin, especially if no pH balancing moisturizer is used after the microdermabrasion treatment.