Microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliation procedure that uses very small particles to remove the dead, outermost layer of the skin. Dr. Schultz will demo his in-office microdermabrasion machine and discuss in detail what microdermabrasion is.
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Dr. Neal Schultz: Hello, I'm Dr. Neal Schultz, and welcome to the DermTV. No, this isn't a microphone; this is actually a wand from a microdermabrasion machine. You know about my passion for exfoliation, we've often discussed chemical exfoliation with glycolic and salicylic, but today we are going to speak about physical exfoliation with microdermabrasion. This involves using little fine abrasive particles and actually the particles we are using are aluminum particles and as you can see they are light they are fluffy and these aluminum particles start in this machine, in this jar and then suction brings them out through this tube up into the hand piece. The hand piece is put to run over the skin as the particles removing and there is suction applied. So, as the particles come out and sand the skin just like sandpaper, the suction brings the particles back in through the other tube and they wind up in this canister as they are discarded. And microdermabrasion really works very much the way sandpaper works. Other forms of physical exfoliation include abrasive cleansers where the actual particles is in your cleanser that you gently massage into your face, or even shaving, which men have been doing since the age of 13 and is one of the reasons that men's skin often looks better than women's skin because men have been doing physical exfoliation ever since they were teenagers. So, we use microdermabrasion as a form of exfoliation to help the skin become smoother, to help to remove brown spots or age spots or brown pigmentation also to help remove abnormal cells and to help open up of acne pores and to open up clogs and to remove blackheads and whiteheads. So microdermabrasion is another one of the toys that we use to make your skin more beautiful and healthier. Please join me again at DermTV.com. If you have a question, please send it to me by visiting dermtv.com/question. I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and thank you for watching today.

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