It looks like microdermabrasion’s time under the spotlight is over, as the popular treatment has found some serious competition in its milder, less painful cousin: hydrodermabrasion.
Dubbed as the new “celebrity facial,” hydrodermabrasion is now a favorite among celebs like Katy Perry, Shakira, and Charlize Theron. Recently, hydrodermabrasion started creating more buzz among skin care junkies, and it shifted from being Hollywood’s best-kept secret to one of the most preferred facials in Rockwall, Texas.
Facials Faceoff: Hydrodermabrasion vs. Microdermabrasion
To get a feel of which treatment is better, it’s best to define what these two treatments are.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin care treatment that improves skin tone, texture, pigmentation, dark spots, and other skin-related issues. This treatment usually uses some type of applicator with an abrasive surface to gently scrub the outer layer of skin. There are several kinds of microdermabrasion treatments in the market, but these can be classified into two categories:
- Diamond Microdermabrasion
- Crystal Microdermabrasion
Diamond microdermabrasion utilizes a special wand with refined diamond tips. Available in various textures and sizes, its maximum exfoliating strength works well in sloughing off heavy dead skin cells and treating enlarged pores, severe pigmentation, and even pitted acne scars. While this is a non-invasive procedure, common side effects include dryness, minor skin irritation, and slight redness.
Crystal microdermabrasion, on the other hand, uses a wand that sprays a fine layer of microscopic crystals on the face. These crystals are usually made up of aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate particles and are suctioned by a special vacuum. The entire process mimics scrubbing by an abrasive surface. However, crystal microdermabrasion does run the risk of spraying foreign particles into eyes and noses, which is why most physicians now prefer using a diamond microdermabrasion treatment.
In recent years, hydrodermabrasion has become the preferred facial treatment for many people for a variety of reasons, Hydrodermabrasion delivers pretty much the same results as microdermabrasion, as it removes dead skin cells to eliminate hyperpigmentation and dark spots. However, as hydrodermabrasion uses mostly water and oxygen instead of crystals, there are major differences between the two treatments in terms of side effects, pain, and downtime.
Hydrodermabrasion facial treatments peel off dead skin cells more gently as it uses normal saline or serum as its peeling medium. As the process involves serum application during exfoliation, the skin receives moisture and nutrition that reduces scrubbing-induced irritation. Hydrodermabrasion treatments exfoliate the skin pain-free, as it skips the use of abrasive textured wands or microcrystals. Its effects include deeply hydrated, smoother, firmer, and healthier-looking skin.
Also, because hydrodermabrasion facials and treatments do not use abrasive surfaces, it also reduces the risk of microscarring. Microscarring is the presence of tiny, indented lines on the face. This is usually caused by aging or by sun damage. However, new research shows that regular facial treatments with an abrasive surface can also cause microscarring, as the tiny crystals can scrape, tear, and otherwise damage the skin repeatedly. Hydrodermabrasion treatments do not run this risk, as the main component of this facial treatment is water and oxygen.
Hydrodermabrasion treatments also help de-congest the pores. This helps reduce the instances of blackheads, acne, pimples, and other unwanted skin conditions. Normally, dirt and dead skin cells get trapped in the pores. If this isn’t cleansed, it can develop into a blackhead. With hydrodermabrasion treatments, this problem is reduced as the treatment seeps into the skin and cleans the pores from the inside out.
Go-To for Sensitive Skin
Hydrodermabrasion does not work as vigorously on the skin as the rough crystals of microdermabrasion, so those who have sensitive skin that can’t handle heavy exfoliation will benefit most from this gentler option. While it may take more sessions to correct severe skin issues, the process does not come with the effects – such as irritation and redness – usually associated with microdermabrasion.
It has also been associated with a healthy “glow”. Because the hydrodermabrasion evens out skin tone and encourages healthy blood flow, the user’s face looks suppler and healthier, giving that coveted “glow” that celebrities have.
Remember that to get the best results from a hydrodermabrasion, visit only a professionally trained aesthetician. It also pays to meet with them for a face-to-face consultation, prior to starting any treatment.