When it comes to exfoliation, water can deliver the same grade of results that abrasive treatments can and in most cases, with a better outcome and fewer side effects. So what exactly is the difference between Hydradermabrasion and Microdermabrasion – and is either one better than the other?
We know that exfoliation is extremely important for your beauty regime and vital to maintaining your skins health, however, with the consistent barrage of pollution, air conditioning, and a variety of other aspects, our skin often needs an extra exfoliating boost.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic treatments to exfoliate the skin and improve skin turn over. In a nutshell, microdermabrasion uses micro-crystals to remove the top layer of dead skin.
It involves the removal of the superficial layers of skin by physically exfoliating them with abrasive tools. During the treatment, tiny diamond/crystal like substances are passed over the skin and suctioned away along with the superficial skin.
The end results from a well performed microdermabrasion, with a high-quality machine are unclogged pores, improved congestion, decreased acne, deeply cleansed and exfoliated skin and a brighter complexion.
Are there any cons to Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is often performed on most skin types. However, many patients with impaired skin barriers (the protective layer containing lipids and oils to protect the rest of the skin) can end up with results of dry, red and sensitive skin. Many even develop worsening acne over time.
The wand used is similar to fine sandpaper for the skin, and although this can be adjusted for different skin types and textures, this can cause redness for many skin types.
With the advances in dermal science and cosmetic medicine there is now an alternative that is far gentler but offers long term results and maintains skin health.
What is Hydradermabrasion?
As its name suggests, hydradermabrasion uses the power of water and oxygen to gently exfoliate and hydrate the skin. It consists of cleansing, exfoliation or T-zone intensive care, and hydrating the skin. Hydradermabrasion is a safe and effective treatment for every skin type and can address a range of concerns.
The procedure starts with cleansing the face using a non-irritating soluble solution. This dissolves the sebum, bacteria, and cosmetic residue in the pores. It is then followed by T-zone intensive care to clear the pores and remove sebum and blackheads. The last step is moisturizing and nourishing using formulated serums.
The procedure also maximizes blood flow to the skin and helps stimulate the production of collagen.
What is the difference?
The thing that separates hydradermabrasion from microdermabrasion is its use of serums along with a vacuum-based skin abrasion tip, instead of an abrasive surface. It exfoliates and removes impurities while also delivering deep cleansing, exfoliating, and antioxidant serums into the skin.
This can help with:
- Skin tone and texture
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
- Skin elasticity and firmness
- Oily and congested skin
- Advanced signs of aging
At Health & Aesthetics we use ‘HydraFacial’ which uses patented technology to help improve your skin health from the first session. There are five stages to a HydraFacial: Lymphatic Draining, Cleansing and Exfoliation, Peel, Extraction and Hydration. We also follow up our treatments with a 20-minute LED Light Therapy and use ZO products during treatment so that results are not only more noticeable and rapid but exceed what many other hydradermabrasion treatments can achieve.
What can HydraFacial’s treat?
Hydrafacial can treat and diminish a variety of skin imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, brown spots and hyperpigmentation. It also helps with oily and acne prone skin, large and congested pores, dry skin, extracts blackheads and whiteheads. At the same time, it achieves an overall uniform complexion and healthy and glowing skin.
We can use Hydrafacial safely alongside laser treatments to enhance the outcome of the latter.