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What Is Sonic Dermabrasion?

T. M. Robertson
T. M. Robertson

When the skin dries out, it tends to flake, and this can become very annoying and difficult to control for people prone to dry skin during certain times of the year. It can also make it impossible to apply makeup smoothly on the face in affected areas. One solution to this problem is to use a sonic dermabrasion device to remove the dead skin cells from the surface. These devices are ideal for safely cleansing and exfoliating the skin at the same time. The sonic technology enhances the dermabrasion properties by creating a micro-pulsating vibration that allows it to clean deep within the pores of the skin.

Sonic dermabrasion devices give people the opportunity to be able to get salon-quality skin exfoliation treatments in their own homes without the high costs associated with going to a professional. The device itself consists of a rechargeable, handheld unit with either a vibrating brush or sponge attachment. Most sonic dermabrasion models will offer different speed controls so the user can adjust the level of vibration to her individual comfort level. People with sensitive skin will want to use a lower setting than those who have normal to resilient skin types.


When the sonic dermabrasion device is used, the brush or sponge head is dipped into a small container of cleansing cream that's then applied to the skin. As the device is moved around on the face in a circular motion, the pulsating vibrations of the unit help move the crystals around on the skin, causing it to become exfoliated. This treatment is also said to help create softer, smoother, and more vibrant-looking skin. It may even reduce the appearance of pores and remove small lines and wrinkles with continued use. For some, the treatment can be done daily, but for those with sensitive skin, it should only be used once or twice a week at most.

Immediately after using the sonic dermabrasion device, the skin may appear to be red and irritated. This is normal and will go away after a few minutes. The sonic vibrations, along with the abrasive crystals used to remove the dead skin cells, cause the blood under the skin to temporarily show through to the surface. With continued use, this effect will likely diminish and may even go away completely. Again, those with sensitive skin may experience a greater and prolonged redness compared to others with less sensitive skin types.

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