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Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive exfoliating treatment designed to improve the skin's appearance. After several sessions, people receiving microdermabrasion may see brighter, smoother skin that is more even in color. The treatments are available at dermatologists' offices and spas and also sold in at-home kits, but all microdermabrasion is not created equal.

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1. What Does Microdermabrasion Do?

The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin and is made up of five sub-layers. Microdermabrasion removes the outermost layer of the epidermis — the stratum corneum — using small abrasive crystals controlled with a handheld vacuum. As the skin heals from this exfoliation, new epidermis forms and the skin looks fresher and smoother. This technique is considered safe for all skin types, and there are very few complications.

Microdermabrasion Skin treatment GregorBister / Getty Images
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