What is the difference between a real Microdermabrasion treatment, and those I can buy in the store?
The difference is actually huge, one really has nothing to do with the other.
There are two types of microdermabrasion facials, the first is a some sort of cream treatment, and the second is an actual microdermabrasion procedure done in a dermatologist’s office.
After microdermabrasion procedures rightfully gained popularity, beauty companies started offering products with the name microdermabrasion in them. Beware though, the two couldn’t be more apart. Most of the products that claim to be microdermabrasion treatments are actually simply creams, gels, or masks that contain some abrasive minerals to help exfoliate and strip skin away. The real treatment using a specialized machine with minerals and fine diamonds to blast the skin at high velocities, leaving the skin sore and red for a few days, and then the skin remains fresh and new afterwards.
There are no true microdermabrasion machines that you can purchase for under around $200. If you’re really curious about microdermabrasion treatments, I’d recommend give a real one at your doctor’s office first. From there, you’ll see and learn the difference, and know what to look for in the future.