Test Your Microdermabrasion Knowledge

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About This Quiz

If beauty is only skin deep, then microdermabrasion takes it to a whole different level, scrubbing and buffing away the surface layer to offer a smoother, more youthful appearance. Thinking about taking the plunge yourself? Take our quiz first.

Microdermabrasion uses tiny, rough grains to buff away what?

Microdermabrasion wears away the surface layer of skin.

The surface layer of skin is called what?

The stratum corneum is the uppermost part of the epidermis.

When the stratum corneum is removed, the healing process involves which of the following?

The healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother.

Microdermabrasion has what effect on medicinal creams and lotions?

Without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, medicinal creams and lotions are more effective because more of their active ingredients and moisture can find their way down to the lower layers of skin.

What is a possible result of repeated microdermabrasion?

Early studies suggest that repeated microdermabrasion treatments at regular intervals may influence the way the lower layers of skin grow, plus they may remove deeper lines and blemishes over time.

What is a common side effect of microdermabrasion?

In the first hour after treatment, mild swelling and redness can occur. Depending on the individual, these side effects can last anywhere from an hour to two days.

Microdermabrasion can be performed in what setting?

You can have microdermabrasion performed in a clinic or spa with professional equipment. Or, you can do it yourself with a product designed for home use.

During a professional microdermabrasion session, what substance is shot onto the skin?

A microdermabrasion tool shoots a stream of tiny crystals, like aluminum oxide, sodium chloride or sodium bicarbonate onto the skin.

What mechanism does a microdermabrasion tool use to collect the used crystals?

The vacuum action collects used crystals and dead skin for disposal.

How do home microdermabrasion kits deliver crystals?

Home kits contain the same crystals you'd find in a professional treatment, but most offer them in creams and scrubs rather than delivered through a specialized tool.

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