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Does an at Home Microdermabrasion Kit Work the Same as a Professional Treatment?

Microdermabrasion home kits and cloths are a popular alternative to professional treatment.

Microdermabrasion home kits usually contain two basic components: an abrasive cream or scrub, and a buffing or “massage” tool for application. The cream in these kits contains the same aluminum oxide crystals that are used in professional microdermabrasion techniques, although the concentration, application, and cream ingredients may vary. Home kits should always be spot-tested on a small area of skin first, as some products can cause excessive redness, damage, irritation, or allergic reaction

Microdermabrasion cloths are a non-chemical, non-crystal option for those seeking an at-home solution. Each cloth is made of tightly-woven microfibers that abrade the skin and remove surface cells. These cloths can generally be reused over time, but usage itself can be tricky. Too much pressure can scratch or damage skin, and cloths that aren’t carefully disinfected after each use can harbor harmful bacteria.

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No course of treatment will be as effective as one designed specifically for you by an expert skin care physician. ‘At-home’ treatments often fall short of professional techniques, and some can even cause further damage to sensitive skin. While the price tag may make home kits and cloths more initially appealing, the cost of microdermabrasion performed by a physician is actually comparable to higher-end ‘at-home’ use kits and usually provides better, longer-lasting results.

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