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Can Microdermabrasion Give You Glowing Skin?

Woman with glowing skin

With many of us ready to show our faces this summer after months of masks and social distancing, interest in non-invasive procedures is on the rise. One procedure that can deliver glowing results is microdermabrasion—and with treatment options available at dermatologists’ offices and spas and even with at-home devices, it’s one of the more accessible options out there. But is microdermabrasion right for you? Here, Dr. Mark Taylor, a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who’s worked with PMD to develop and test some of our favorite home microdermabrasion devices, answers all your questions about the treatment.

Dermstore: What exactly is microdermabrasion?

Dr. Taylor: Microdermabrasion is a superficial exfoliation using crystals to remove the top layer of dead cells sitting on top of the skin.  

What can microdermabrasion do for my skin? 

When you take off that top layer of dead skin, you create a luminescence to the skin that helps it look healthier and younger. With several treatments, you can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, tone and texture.

What’s the difference between a professional microdermabrasion treatment and an at-home version? 

An in-office treatment blows aluminum oxide crystals that create abrasions to the skin. None of those crystals are being blown around the room or breathed by the individual with the at-home device, which uses exfoliating discs rather than loose crystals. With PMD, the vacuum suction is creating another stimulation that improves circulation beneath the skin’s surface.

Does microdermabrasion hurt? 

With at-home microdermabrasion, you’re able to customize with different discs and intensity levels. The guard around the disc of crystals keeps the user from going too deep.

Should people with certain skin types or conditions avoid microdermabrasion? 

Most individuals should be able to enjoy the benefits of microdermabrasion.

How often should I do it? 

Whether microdermabrasion is done in-office or at-home, several treatments are typically required to achieve improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, tone, and texture. For at-home treatments, space treatments apart every five to seven days.

Anything else important to know?

Be sure to let the skin rest between any skin care that is a daily chemical exfoliation and the mechanical exfoliation of microdermabrasion.

Shop our favorite home microdermabrasion devices here.



Mark B. Taylor, M.D.

Mark B. Taylor, M.D. is a world-renowned dermatologist and cosmetic laser surgeon who has been in practice for over thirty years. Since the origination of laser treatments for skin, Dr. Taylor has been a leader in the field of cosmetic laser surgery, pioneering and teaching many new laser techniques to over 4,000 doctors worldwide. Dr. Taylor and his well-trained staff use leading-edge products and over twenty-eight different lasers to provide a range of high-quality services including removal of birthmarks, hair, scars, spider veins, and tattoos; skin rejuvenation and resurfacing; eyelid restoration and lip enhancement; tumescent liposuction and cosmetic skin surgery, acne, cellulite, and stretch mark treatment Dr. Taylor received his medical degree from the University of Utah and is board-certified in dermatology through the American Board of Dermatology. He is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery as well as many other professional organizations. He was the first doctor in the world to use the Krypton and VeinLase lasers for the treatment of vascular and pigmented lesions. Dr. Taylor was one of the first researchers to use the PhotoDerm, Derma K, Cynergy and MX 1540 Lasers. Many physicians have traveled to Gateway for instruction from Dr. Taylor on advanced techniques in laser resurfacing. In addition, Dr. Taylor has developed new techniques for many other laser treatments and cosmetic surgery which he performs on a regular basis in his busy practice in Salt Lake City.