Microdermabrasion is typically an in-office treatment performed by dermatologists and estheticians to sand away dead skin, impurities, and peach fuzz to reveal a brighter, younger-looking layer of skin underneath. The process is usually performed with a special device, along with a mildly abrasive solution (usually granular)) to help exfoliate the skin without being overly invasive or requiring ample downtime to recover. Unfortunately, as with most professional beauty treatments and procedures, microdermabrasion can be costly.
The good news? Nowadays, it’s actually relatively easy to get the same results at home with the help of a solid microdermabrasion scrub. Along with exfoliating the skin to combating texture, softening the appearance of fine lines, and refining congested pores, these scrubs also help the skin care products that you apply afterward penetrate deeper and therefore work better. Some of the best formulas also contain additional skin-enhancing and anti-aging ingredients, including chemical exfoliants (glycolic, lactic, etc.) as well as ceramides, peptides, and antioxidants.
If you have sensitive skin, you’ll also want to opt for a formula with ultra-fine crystals and beads to avoid irritation and redness, but most skin types can handle microdermabrasion scrubs with the right formula. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite products for a gentle yet effective at-home microdermabrasion.
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