How often should I be going for microdermabrasion?

I decided to try a microdermabrasion session recently at my local spa because my friend said it made her skin feel great. The procedure was really simple and I did feel like my skin had a new glow to it after. How often should I be going to keep my skin in great condition? Should I be parlaying microdermabrasion with other skin treatments?

Lo-Courtney

F, 32, New York

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When I first started microdermabrasion treatments, I went every week for the first four weeks. This was after about a decade of neglecting any sort of skin care routine, so I had a lot of built-up debris and trouble areas that needed extra work. I had some age spots from some sun damage . My dermatologist said, after that, I only needed to come in every 1 or 2 months to maintain my skin rejuvenation. I think this is because a person's skin takes about 30 days to regenerate. As far as other treatments, my skin is fairly sensitive, so I don't combine microdermabrasion with anything else. I just use the time between visits to moisturize my face and allow the skin to heal.

When I reached my mid-thirties, my skin started to lose some of its glow and didn't look as young as I wanted it to look. I started getting fine lines and wrinkles on my face. Microdermabrasion was suggested to me by a friend who had undergone the procedure a few months earlier. I decided to try it myself and I loved the way I looked afterward. I tend to have mild acne, so my dermatologist suggested that I have 4 to 6 treatments. After those treatments, I would need to go in every other month for maintenance treatments to keep my skin looking good. Repeated treatments are necessary because skin regenerates often. Other options to improve skin are micro-needling and/or chemical peels.

I go once a month usually to my plastic surgeon's office, depending on what my budget allows. Microdermabrasion sessions are definitely worth the cost – it always makes my skin look so young and fresh – so I try to make room for it in my budget. When I first started going for microdermabrasion treatments, I went once every two weeks for two months. I had some dark spots and dull skin I wanted to treat, so the extra visits really did the trick. In between sessions, I exfoliate like crazy with Kiehl’s microdermabrasion scrub. I also go for the occasional chemical peel, to further minimize fine lines and sun spots.

It really depends on your skin and your sensitivity. Some people swear by once a month, some do it weekly. What's really important, however, is not to overdo it. Microdermabrasion can transform your skin into something godly, but it can also damage it if you're not careful. It does feel great to have all those dead skin cells removed from your face though. After the treatment I always love how my skin feels. I go twice a month, and I have a strict skincare regimen that I've fine-tuned to maintain my results until my appointment. Moisturizing and sunscreen are key to protecting your skin and keeping the best results.

Even though I've essentially neglected any skin care regimen, I have always had fairly clear skin. At a friend's recommendation, though, I tried microdermabrasion, and my face looked much healthier even after the first treatment. My dermatologist recommended that I have four treatments at two-week intervals and then begin regular maintenance treatments every few months. I think the frequency depends on your particular skin type, and skin condition. My friend has struggled with acne and acne scars, so she goes more often. As far as combining microdermabrasion with other treatments, I have always just made sure to apply moisturizing cream regularly. Your dermatologist might recommend some other treatments, but I think your face just needs time to heal after this procedure.

I head to the spa for a microdermabrasion treatment once a month, and I see really great results. I started going once a month when I was 29 years old. I’m almost 35 now, and I don’t have any forehead wrinkles at all and I’ve got minimal smile lines, which I really think has a lot to do with regular microdermabrasion treatments. Between spa visits I will do at-home microdermabrasion treatments, regular exfoliation and clay masks to keep my skin in pretty good condition. I also drink lots of water and moisturize, of course!