Microdermabrasion is a tried and true treatment for improving the overall look and feel of the skin, not to mention one of the most popular procedures in the country. However, the most common kind of crystals used for exfoliating are aluminum oxide, which some experts fear has a link to Alzheimer’s disease.
A number of practitioners are switching to diamond-based microdermabrasion techniques, such as Pristine. This system features laser-cut diamonds on the tip of the tool instead of aluminum oxide crystals.
In addition to eliminating the putative exposure risk for Alzheimer’s, Pristine can be used around the eyes-something that isn’t recommended with aluminum oxide microdermabrasion because of possible corneal injury. Furthermore, Pristine is said to be more gentle because the diamonds reportedly don’t scratch or cut the skin.
Pristine’s effectiveness is supported by a 2009 study that shows diamond-based microdermabrasion has measurable anti-aging results. The study found no such evidence for aluminum oxide microdermabrasion.
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