Exfoliating your skin is key to achieving a healthy, youthful, and radiant complexion. However, exfoliating your skin too frequently can cause skin sensitivity and weaken your moisture barrier, while exfoliating too infrequently can lead to issues such as acne and clogged pores. To strike the right balance, you may want to consider treatments such as microdermabrasion or DermaSweep at Westover Hills Dermatology in San Antonio, TX.
Is DermaSweep the Same as Microdermabrasion?
Although DermaSweep and microdermabrasion are both professional exfoliation techniques, the only similarity between these treatments is the skin conditions they treat. Each of these treatments can be used for acne-prone skin and sensitive skin. The most common skin problems that can be addressed with these treatments include:
- Enlarged pores
- Clogged pores
- Dark spots
- Pregnancy-related melasma
- Sun damage
- Acne scarring
- Post-acne inflammation
- Stretch marks
Although these treatments can accomplish many of the same goals, the treatment methods, areas of treatment, and results are not the same. These differences can be the deciding factor when you are determining which treatment is best for your skin type and skin goals.
Microdermabrasion is an exfoliation technique that uses very fine crystals to remove the top layer of dead skin cells from the skin surface. DermaSweep, on the other hand, uses softer bristles to brush away dead skin cells. For those who have sensitive skin, gentle exfoliation with DermaSweep may be ideal, particularly for those who have rosacea.
Areas of Treatment
Although both Microdermabrasion treatments can be used on the face and body to improve skin concerns, DermaSweep is gentle enough to be used on the area around the eyes. This is a major difference because other exfoliation methods are too harsh to be applied to the delicate eye area.
Unfortunately, most exfoliation treatments can’t be used around the eyes without the risk of causing skin irritation. The skin on this area of the face is thinner and more prone to developing broken capillaries when treated too roughly. DermaSweep is the only exfoliation treatment that can be used to improve dark spots around the eyes, dry skin, and even crow’s feet.
The results of DermaSweep can develop as soon as the same day or the next day after your treatment. This faster development of results is ideal, especially if you want to produce a healthy, more youthful glow in a short amount of time. Other exfoliation treatments typically require several more days to turn over new skin cells and increase collagen production.
How Many Treatments Will You Need for DermaSweep?
Like any other non-invasive aesthetic treatment, you will usually need several appointments to reach your optimal skin results. For DermaSweep, it’s common to have at least three to four treatments spaced 10 to 12 days apart to produce the best results. The frequency of your initial treatment will be influenced by your skin sensitivity, since those who have very sensitive skin may need to space their appointments a bit further apart.
After you achieve your desired results, you will be glad to know that your results will usually last for two to four weeks at a time. This means you can easily fold this treatment into your everyday skin care or other aesthetic treatments you may be using.
How Frequently Will You Need Treatment?
After you reach your optimal skin results, you will usually benefit from having maintenance appointments once a month or once every other month, depending on your skin needs and other aesthetic treatments you may be using. Ultimately, the frequency of your treatment may also be influenced by how well you can maintain your skin health.
For example, if you want to prolong your results, it’s best to use high grade skin care products with active ingredients that will maintain your optimal complexion and skin health. You should also use sunscreen every day if you want to enjoy the longest-lasting results possible.
Are You a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for DermaSweep are those who want to experience the benefits of micro-exfoliation. This treatment is especially good for those who have sensitive skin or those who find other exfoliation treatments uncomfortable. This treatment is also a good choice for those who have acne-prone skin since regular treatments can help manage acne breakouts.
Candidates for these treatments can include women who are breastfeeding or currently pregnant. If you have used certain oral or topical medications for your skin health, you may also be able to use these treatments. Furthermore, unlike other skin resurfacing treatments, you can still use the exfoliation treatment even if you have medium to dark skin tones or you are at a higher risk of developing hyperpigmentation.
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Exfoliating your skin is essential for good skin care. However, at-home exfoliation techniques do not exfoliate your skin evenly and may cause worse problems. This is why using professional exfoliation treatments such as DermaSweep is a good idea since this treatment can be easily customized to meet the needs of your skin. If you think a unique treatment such as DermaSweep is ideal for your exfoliation needs, contact Westover Hills Dermatology in San Antonio, TX today.