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Questions & Answers

Q. In what ways can microdermx™ help my skin?
A. You do not have to have a skin “condition” to appreciate using Microdermx™. Generally it helps by evening out the tone and making skin much more smooth and vibrant. Skin being “brighter” and a decreased pore size has also been consistently reportedly from our customers.

In terms of skin “conditions”, customers with the following have reported significant improvements:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Uneven skin tones
  • Very Dry/Very Oily
  • Acne/Acne Scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age/Sun Spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine Lines
  • Sun Damage
  • Stretch marks
  • Black heads
  • Ingrown Hairs
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema

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Q. What is microdermabrasion?
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Originally developed in Italy, the microdermabrasion process is highly acclaimed and has been widely used in Europe for roughly the past 20 years. In late ’96 it finally made it’s way to the states when the FDA gave its approval for this revolutionary skin treatment. Microdermabrasion works by removing the top layer of the epidermis, exposing the amazingly smooth, fresh new skin from underneath. It has been proven in studies to improve skin structure at both the epidermal and dermal levels. Research also shows that it thickens the skin (thicker skin is less likely to wrinkle), stimulates collagen and elastin growth in the deeper layers, and over time, enables your skin to heal existing sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, shrink pores and more.

It’s non-invasive so it has no down time-unlike painful chemical and laser peels (that have been known to THIN the skin) Which is, in part, why it has been called the "lunchtime peel". Many people get them on their lunch breaks and return to work with their co-workers none the wiser! Fortunately, it’s safe for all types and pigments of skin.

Because of it’s effectiveness for so many skin conditions it has grown in popularity at an astounding rate. Today, it's the number one non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the U.S., improving the quality of skin for millions of women every year.

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Q. I have very sensitive skin. Can I use Microdermx ™?
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Yes, it was formulated for people with sensitive skin. It will not irritate because it does not contain any of these substances that typically cause irritations: fillers, paraben, palmitate, phenoxyethanol, paraffin, propylene glycol, mineral oil, formaldehyde, myristate, SLS, ALS, artificial color and fragrance. It's suitable for all skin colors/types. There are no harmful side effects or discomfort from the use of it.

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Q. How long will it take before I see a big change in my skin?
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If done properly, you will feel and see smoother, softer glowing skin the very first use. But results for the larger "issues" (scars, wrinkles) will come with multiple treatments. Some have seen their lines and scars improve 50% after a week, and others have seen improvement 3 weeks to several months. It, of course, partially depends on the depth of the issues. To maximize results, apply the Step Two each morning and night or after each time you wash your face, in addition to after each Microdermx™ treatment. These products complement each other. They have a remarkable “synergy” that yields better and faster results.

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Q. How is Microdemx™ different than the other "at home" microdermabrasion systems?
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The FDA currently has no regulations applying to the term "Microdermabrasion", therefore, it is being misused by the majority of companies who wish to take advantage of this prosperous “trend” in skin care. Many so-called microdermabrasion treatments available for home utilize ineffective (soft) crystals—such as pumice, salt, baking soda, bauxite & un-fused corundum (or aluminum oxide)—that can have little or no actual effect on abrading the skin. Or (worse) could be imbed into the epidermis, causing breakouts and/or feeding toxins (bauxite) into the skin. MOST OFTEN, these ineffective crystals are combined with cream bases that contain harsh and even mildly toxic materials. Given a choice, probably the last thing you would want to put in your skin when it’s freshly microdermabraded, (or more likely - just exfoliated) is the chemical equivalent of anti-freeze (propylene glycol) or a clogging petroleum-based wax. However, this is precisely what the majority of home “microdermabrasion” systems are selling to unknowing customers.

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Q. Don’t I need one of those plastic tools that come with some home microdermabrasion kits to get real salon level results?
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The plastic tools have little to nothing to do with the microdermabrasion process and are mostly a tool for marketing and not microdermabrading. It’s the CRYSTALS that must be capable of doing the work. Clinical tests that successfully compared the effectiveness of “manual microdermabrasion” to the salon version used the finger rub method (with the proper crystals, of course) and not the plastic sponge tool version. Furthermore, most of the plastic hand tools are topped with a very soft sponge that (left slightly damp) are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

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Q. I have oily/ acne prone skin. Will the Step Two moisturizer break my skin out? Does it clog pores?
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No, the Step Two: Replenish usually won't cause breakouts or reactions to people even with very sensitive skin. Breakouts are extremely rare because it's non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging). It will minimize pore size whereas other oils may tend to make your pores stand out. If you still have concerns, you should try a sample first, and use it on a small area to test your reaction.

Please note that when we do hear of "breakouts" it’s typically a result of customers putting their own (and often times-chemical laden) moisturizers on after the microdermabrasion treatment rather than the ones we recommend.

This can happen even if your normal moisturizer doesn’t normally break you out. The reason for this is that during the microdermabrasion process, the top layer of epidermis is temporarily thinned which makes the skin more vulnerable to toxins that might it ordinarily might not react to. If you must use your normal moisturizer, first waiting 36 hours for your epidermis to build back up is suggested.

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Q. Will Microdermx™ help with dark spots and uneven skin tones?
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Yes, keeping in mind it's not an over-night fix. This system works by stimulating your body’s ability to heal itself. By removing the damaged top layers skin you encourage and quicken the growth of new skin from underneath that eventually replaces the patterns of the old skin. The more you use it, the better the results.

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Q. Can all skin types use Microdermx™?
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Yes, it’s safe for all types and pigments of skin.

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Q. Should I wear sun-screen after using Microdermx™?
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Yes, if possible it’s best to avoid the sun for the first 24 hours after treatment. If that’s not possible using a sun-screen with 30 SPF is a very good idea. Remember that you are removing the very top layer of epidermis, which normally acts as a layer of natural sunblock. Look for sunscreens for sensitive skin with as natural ingredients as possible. Physical sun blockers such as titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide rather than the chemical versions have been debated to be safer/less toxic. Nikkel Holistic Skin Care will soon be formulating a sunscreen especially for microdermabraded skin. If you are interested either check back with us soon or send us your email to receive our new product and special pricing announcement list on the bottom right hand side of the home page.

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Q. Is Microdermx™ safe to use during pregnancy?
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Yes, you can use our product with complete safety during pregnancy. Use it for your face, hands, feet, or even your belly—to prevent and/or erase stretch marks.

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Q. How much money will I save by using the Microdermx™ vs. getting it done at a salon?
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Spas will charge on average $500.00/6 treatments. There are approximately 12 treatments in each jar of Microdermx™. It would, of course, depend on the depth of issues you are looking to remedy. However, regularly using Microdermx™ for only regular skin maintenance could save you literally thousands of dollars over the course of just a year.

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Q. I had heard that microdermabrasion can cause cold sores, can this occur with Microdermx™?
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No, that would only apply to the salon “or dry crystal vacuum version” and not to the manual microdermabrasion method. Manually is safer in that way as there are no tools to be used on your skin that were also used (and possibly contaminated) by/on others. Plus, manual (cream based) microdermabrasion is known to be safer due to there being no chance of inhaling the dry crystals that are used in the vacuum wand version.

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