Microdermabrasion and hydradermabrasion are two popular forms of skin treatment, and they are being utilised by a growing number of people to achieve healthy-looking skin. They can be used to improve the appearance of everything from minor damage such as sunburn and blemishes to fine wrinkles.
Although both approaches share a number of similarities, such as using exfoliators to remove dead skin and promote fresh cell growth, the methods are quite different and are suited to different skin types. Here is a look at the two procedures and their associated benefits.
Microdermabrasion is a process that works for all skin types. The process begins with the skin being treated with a formula that consists of tiny exfoliating crystals that are sprayed onto the skin. This exfoliating solution removes the very top layer of skin follicles and can help to get rid of all manner of detritus such as dead skin, make-up or surface blemishes. A special hand-held wand device is then used to vacuum off the crystal solution. The end result of this is clear pores and visibly clearer skin.
Unlike regular dermabrasion, microdermabrasion is widely suitable for different skin types and colours and is far less harsh on skin. However, there are still some side effects of this particular treatment, although they are usually very minor. After undergoing microdermabrasion, your skin will initially appear to be pink or windburned, and it will feel tight and dry for around 24 hours. Even then, these side effects can be mitigated by using a moisturiser and minimising exposure to harsh chemicals and make-up. For those with facial hair, it may also be worth utilising beard conditioner or similar care products from retailers like Henry Tibbs and others to mitigate any additional dryness.
Hydrodermabrasion is a relatively new phenomenon that fulfills most of the same functions as microdermabrasion. However, instead of using small crystal particles, this approach involves treating a selected area with a high-power stream of water that is combined with oxygen. This combination is used in much the same way as a crystal microdermabrasion solution to exfoliate and treat the uppermost layer of skin. Tiny droplets of water dispersed from a miniature nozzle strike the skin at high speeds, removing dead skin and detritus. This method causes less redness and is better suited to those with more sensitive skin.