Test Your Microdermabrasion Knowledge

By: Jennifer Sellers

Test Your Microdermabrasion Knowledge
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About This Quiz

If beauty is only skin deep, then microdermabrasion takes it to a whole different level, scrubbing and buffing away the surface layer to offer a smoother, more youthful appearance. Thinking about taking the plunge yourself? Take our quiz first.
Microdermabrasion uses tiny, rough grains to buff away what?
ingrown hairs
acne
the surface layer of skin
Microdermabrasion wears away the surface layer of skin.

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The surface layer of skin is called what?
stratum corneum
The stratum corneum is the uppermost part of the epidermis.
epidermis
dermis

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When the stratum corneum is removed, the healing process involves which of the following?
new skin cells replace the old ones
The healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother.
no further renewal of the stratum corneum
increased moisture in the skin

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Microdermabrasion has what effect on medicinal creams and lotions?
makes them less effective
makes them more effective
Without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, medicinal creams and lotions are more effective because more of their active ingredients and moisture can find their way down to the lower layers of skin.
has no effect

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What is a possible result of repeated microdermabrasion?
tearing of the skin
increased breakouts
removal of deeper blemishes
Early studies suggest that repeated microdermabrasion treatments at regular intervals may influence the way the lower layers of skin grow, plus they may remove deeper lines and blemishes over time.

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What is a common side effect of microdermabrasion?
swelling of the skin
reddening of the skin
both
In the first hour after treatment, mild swelling and redness can occur. Depending on the individual, these side effects can last anywhere from an hour to two days.

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Microdermabrasion can be performed in what setting?
a clinic
home
either
You can have microdermabrasion performed in a clinic or spa with professional equipment. Or, you can do it yourself with a product designed for home use.

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During a professional microdermabrasion session, what substance is shot onto the skin?
water
crystals
A microdermabrasion tool shoots a stream of tiny crystals, like aluminum oxide, sodium chloride or sodium bicarbonate onto the skin.
sand

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What mechanism does a microdermabrasion tool use to collect the used crystals?
a vacuum
The vacuum action collects used crystals and dead skin for disposal.
a scraper
It doesn't collect used crystals.

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How do home microdermabrasion kits deliver crystals?
The same way professional kits do -- with a special tool.
through creams and scrubs
Home kits contain the same crystals you'd find in a professional treatment, but most offer them in creams and scrubs rather than delivered through a specialized tool.
Kits for at-home use don't have crystals.

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You Got:
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