microdermabrasion

noun
mi·​cro·​derm·​abra·​sion | \ ˌmī-krō-dər-mə-ˈbrā-zhən How to pronounce microdermabrasion (audio) \

Definition of microdermabrasion

: a cosmetic procedure for the skin that involves the mechanical abrasion and removal of all or part of the stratum corneum (as by a high pressure spray of granular crystals) and is used to rejuvenate the skin and to treat skin blemishes or imperfections (such as scars or wrinkles)

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For a gentle mechanical exfoliation, try a microdermabrasion tool. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose, Chin and Forehead," 28 Dec. 2018 First, Gabrielle cleaned my skin and then began dry microdermabrasion (a teensy exfoliating vacuum) to slough of dead skin cells on my face, arms, and legs. Katheryn Erickson, Town & Country, "Beauty Address: Dangene's Institute of Skinovation," 16 Feb. 2014 According to Allure, the facial then starts with a round of microdermabrasion before that plasma (known as PRP, or platelet-rich plasma) is applied back to your face in mask-form. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "New Mexico Department of Health Claims Vampire Facials at One Spa May Have Exposed Clients to Blood-Borne Infections," 14 Sep. 2018 Other horror stories involve infections from tattoo removal services, counterfeit Botox, and dangerous allergic reactions from microdermabrasion. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "“Vampire facials” are massively popular. And — surprise! — potentially dangerous.," 14 Sep. 2018 Following a quick cleanse and lymphatic drainage, Elena performs microdermabrasion, which involves the use of crystals to deeply exfoliate and brighten the face. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Why a Cryotherapy Facial Is the Best Way to Brighter, Tighter Skin," 30 June 2018 Chemical peels can be combined with other services such as dermaplaning and microdermabrasion. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The clinical advantage of chemical peels," 16 May 2018 Speaking of facials, clients can drop in for Colbert's famous Triad treatment, a favorite among his red carpet stars for its ability to pack microdermabrasion, laser toning, and a light chemical peel into one 45-minute transformative experience. Kate Branch, Vogue, "The Dermatologist Celebrities Have on Speed Dial Opens a Groundbreaking Wellness Space in New York," 25 Apr. 2018 While milia can develop spontaneously or as secondary events during healing from burns, lasers, and microdermabrasion, other factors, such as genetics and the use of heavy occlusive cosmetics, may also cause spots to pop up, says Zeichner. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Eyelid Bumps 101: How to Identify Styes, Milia, and Pimples," 2 Mar. 2018

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microdermabrasion

noun
mi·​cro·​derm·​abra·​sion | \ ˌmī-krō-ˌdər-mə-ˈbrā-zhən How to pronounce microdermabrasion (audio) \

Medical Definition of microdermabrasion

: a cosmetic procedure for the skin that involves the mechanical abrasion and removal of all or part of the stratum corneum (as by a high pressure spray of granular crystals) and is used to rejuvenate the skin and to treat skin blemishes or imperfections (such as scars or wrinkles) During a professional microdermabrasion treatment, skin is blasted with jagged-edged crystals, usually aluminum oxides, that are applied with a wand, which also has a suction mechanism to pull away dead skin cells.— Jessica Ramakrishnan, The Chicago Tribune, 24 Jan. 2007

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