Do I Really Need In-Office Microdermabrasion When there are DIY Options?

Microdermabrasion: In-Office vs. DIY | Spectrum Dermatology, Scottsdale

Do I Really Need In-Office Microdermabrasion When there are DIY Options?

Perhaps you’ve seen an at-home microdermabrasion tool, especially if you had an episode of insomnia and found yourself bingeing on late-night infomercials. Many clients at Spectrum Dermatology ask what the difference is between in-office and at-home microdermabrasion, and that’s the start of a big conversation because everything is different. For starters, only medical offices like dermatology clinics have access to medical-grade microdermabrasion tools. If you order a so-called microdermabrasion tool online or pick one up at a store, it’s not even close to as effective as an in-office treatment—and with good reason.

Not just anyone can safely and effectively operate a medical-grade microdermabrasion tool. It requires not only the right product, but also proper training and experience. Yielded in untrained hands, a medical-grade microdermabrasion tool can cause unnecessary injuries to the skin, or even make some skin issues worse. For instance, you don’t want to use microdermabrasion on all types of active acne sites. This can increase acne damage while also spreading bacteria to other places.

A lot of the alleged microdermabrasion products available to the general public aren’t actually microdermabrasion tools. Instead, they are being called “microdermabrasion creams,” which is usually a different way of saying “exfoliant cream.” Proper, in-office microdermabrasion is much more than an exfoliating scrub. It’s a treatment that uses a diamond-tipped machine to remove the top layer of dead skin in a safe manner.

If you do spot a microdermabrasion device available to the public, it might use aluminum oxide crystals which can be harmful to your skin by clogging the pores (plus, the “dust” can be dangerous to inhale). Many of the motors can also get clogged and quickly stop working. Only in-office microdermabrasion is handled by licensed professionals who customize treatment plans just for your skin type. It can also be a pampering session where you can relax and walk out of the clinic with instantly clearer, glowing skin.

Contact Spectrum Dermatology Today!

There are many at-home treatment options to complement in-office procedures, but microdermabrasion isn’t one of them. If you’re interested in a microdermabrasion session or a personalized skin care routine that also includes at-home options, contact Spectrum Dermatology today for your customized consultation.