The Epidermis

Microdermabraision is a general term used for a procedure that removes the top layer of dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. Your skin has two main layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the layer that we cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize. It’s also a set of dead skin cells that sit on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. This set of dead skin cells acts as a barrier between the outside world and the deeper layers of skin on our face and body. It keeps out all but the smallest of molecules from penetrating our skin. This layer of skin shows all the imperfections like acne, dry skin and fine wrinkle lines.

Microdermabrasion targets this top layer of dead skin cells. You could almost call this procedure micro-epidermabrasion, because it targets that layer of skin called the epidermis. If it targeted any of the deeper layers of skin, it would not only be painful, but harmful. When you remove that top layer of skin cells through a procedure like microdermabrasion, the body interprets that a mild injury is taking place and it rushes to replace those lost dead skin cells with new, smoother and more beautiful skin. Those imperfections like sun damage, fine lines and blemishes are removed and your skin is now ready to absorb medicinal creams and lotions because in can now find its way down to the lower layers of the skin. Studies suggest that with repeated microdermabrasion treatments at regular intervals produce the most visible results.


Estheticians use either a tool that shoots a stream of tiny crystals like aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate over the skin that help break of the dead skin cells or a newer tool that has hit the industry that uses a diamond-tipped wand that glides over the skin with even and steady pressure. Here at MINT Spa, we prefer the Diamond-tipped wand method over the Crystal method because we feel it is safer and more effective.


If you have clogged pores and your skin is too sensitive to use anti-acne medications like Retin-A, then this procedure is a great alternative. This procedure is not for those who have the following conditions.

  • Active Rosacea
  • Herpes
  • Anyone who takes anti-coagulants
  • Eczema
  • Lupus
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Fragile Capillaries



One treatment


Series of three

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