Wellness dictionary

Little ABC for your spa-break questions ...

In their treatment discriptions, wellness hotels often use technical terms, which are hard to understand for potential guests. We have therefore collected and defined the most relevant terms in our small wellness ABC. A tip: Our wellness dictionary also supports word requests. You don't need to know the exact wording.


What is a microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a controlled, intensive peeling in which the skin cells are removed using the sand-blasting principle with the aid of microfine, sterile sand crystals, which are blasted onto the skin at high speed and then vacuumed off again.

The old, dead skin cells are removed and the skin is stimulated to regenerate more quickly, to form new fresh cells and to produce collagen fibres. The vacuum effect improves the blood circulation of the skin and promotes the metabolism.

How does microdermabrasion work?

In a microdermabrasion, the skin is first cleaned and then prepared with an AHA peeling (fruit acid peeling). Depending on the area of skin to be treated, a suitable blasting attachment is chosen to loosen the hornifications. The resulting vacuum ensures that the skin flakes are removed. 

After microdermabrasion, the skin is particularly receptive to high-dose active ingredient concentrates. These are introduced into the skin with ultrasound. Afterwards, a final care product specially adapted to the needs of the skin is applied. For an optimal result, the treatment should be repeated at intervals of 1-2 weeks.

When should microdermabrasion be avoided?

After the treatment, direct exposure to the sun and visiting solariums should be avoided for about a week. A microdermabrasion should not be performed on tumours, cancer, rosacea/couperose or acutely inflamed acne pustules. Patients with a pacemaker should also consult their doctor before a microdermabrasion.

Related topics: AHA alpha hydroxy acid Anti Ageing High Tech Beauty Collagen Couperose skin Hyaluronic acid HydraFacial Micro Needling Exfoliation

Wilfried Dreckmann - Wellnessexperte und Spa-Coach

Wilfried Dreckmann

Wilfried Dreckmann combines practical experience in the field of wellness and spa with academic know-how.  Since 2006 he is working internationally as a management consultant, trainer and coach for wellness providers. He is a lecturer at the iST Studieninstitut and associate professor at the iST University of applied sciences in Düsseldorf.