I have a different opinion about microdermabrasion so I thought I would throw it up here. I think one problem with microdermabrasion is that there are many different types and there are many different levels of experience of the clinicians performing them. I am a lover of microdermabrasion. i have had probably 20-30 microdermabrasions over the past 10 years in multiple cities, multiple clinics, and by multiple clinicians. Some of these have been horrible and some of them have been amazing. Based on my experiences, here is my advice:
First, finding a good skilled clinician is important. Go by recommendations of people you know if you can or you may have to shop around. I've had some people absolutely know how to perform one without extra irritation and I've had other people bruise my face. Huge difference.
Second, there are multiple types of microdermabrasion and I think this is very important if you are on the regimen. The most common type of microdermabrasion is with a machine that uses both vacuum and crystals...that is, it sucks everything out of your pores as the crystals are used to take extra skin and clogging out. This type I find more irritating, although if i have whiteheads, it is much more effective than other types. Nonetheless, I would not use this on the regimen. A second type is the diamond tipped. This uses a vaccuum but no crystals, which means it simply sucks the dead skin off your face without using any abrasive methods. There is still some mild irritation (I am red after), but not even close to the irritation as the crystal kind. And lastly, when I was in Montreal, i was fortunate to go to a very high technology dermatology clinic that offered a new ultrasonic microdermabrasion. It uses ultrasonic technology to stimulate your cells to get them to shed themselves. I had absolutely no irritation with this myself and it worked beautifully. If I could, i would continue going for these, but I no longer live there and ultrasonic microdermabrasion is very difficult to find.
Last but not least, no matter what type of microdermabrasion you may decide to use, they always ask that you go without harsh products usually at least 24 hours before and for another 24 hours or more after. This may impact your regimen for those of us that find we notice changes if we skip a treatment.
I hope this information is helpful. I am probably in the minority since i am a fan of microdermabrasion. It never fully cleared me, but I do know that it has helped depending on the factors above.
Edited by mdp703, 16 August 2013 - 11:57 AM.