THESE days every beauty parlour or aesthetics studio has a menu of treatments as long as your arm.
One of the latest fads that everyone is trying is microdermabrasion – it's currently one of the most popular treatments.
The in-clinic service leaves skin feeling fresh, dewy and glowing, which is why it's suggested as the ideal option for before an event.
But, not everyone agrees that it's the perfect choice.
Australian dermatologist Dr Shammi Theesan from ODE Dermatology, explained that microdermabrasion is the only skin treatment she would never do.
Speaking on Instagram, she said: "Controversial, but I'm going to put it out there – this is the one treatment as a dermatologist I would never do."
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She continued: "It has to be microdermabrasion. I just hate it."
The dermatologist described microdermabrasion as: "a temporary feel-good glow, that just destroys your skin barrier and microbiome."
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The gorgeously clean and soft feeling that you get after the procedure is actually due to the extreme exfoliation and it only temporary.
Dr Shammi explained that this result is just a sign that you've destroyed your skin barrier.
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She said: "It's almost this metallic polish of aluminium hydroxide or sodium bicarbonate that's sprayed all over your whole face and either suctioned off or you've got this metallic brush that makes you feel squeaky clean.
"But it's just going to worsen your skin barrier in the long-term."
This can also lead to bad skin and acne flare ups.
The expert said: "That's how I see a lot of my new [patients] with onset rosacea and acne flare-ups.
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"And you go back to the incidents – and it's a couple of microdermabrasion [sessions] thrown in."
"I think you might as well use St Ives Apricot Scrub. It's the same thing – but you're just paying a lot more money for it."
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