The Difference Between A Hydrafacial and Microdermabrasion

Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? I don’t know about you, but that makes me rethink my skincare routine, especially when it comes to my face and the outer layer of the skin.

I am super conscious about how much water I drink and if I’m getting enough greens for my internal health, but how much do I focus on my skin health?

Honestly, not as much as I should. My skin, specifically my face, is the first thing people see.

More importantly, it’s a crucial part of “me” and I want to take care of me for me. I want flawless skin or at least as flawless as I can get. I don’t want beautiful skin just for some big event, but every day!

With so many skin care treatments and cosmetic treatments that are available, where does one even start?

One way that people are taking charge of their facial health is through a hydrafacial procedure or a microdermabrasion treatment.

You may or may not have heard of these before, but they are pretty cool.

Facial Treatments

These both address more than just the surface of the skin, but leave you feeling confident and relaxed.

Now, which one is best for you? What should you know for the first time?

Before you decided to do any of these treatments, the most important thing you should do is always consult a medical aesthetician at medical spas about individual needs and research where to receive professional treatments about your specific skin concerns and skin problems.

Getting help from a professional about the best treatments and any new treatments will usually lead to the best results. But, let me help you get that conversation started.

Here is what you need to know about a hydrafacial vs microdermabrasion treatment.

Your Skin Type

First, you need to be familiar with different skin types and know which one you have.

Study your face and look for dark spots, see if you have dry skin or oily skin, age spots, severe acne or acne scars, your pore size, uneven skin tone, and an appearance of fine lines.

Remember to consult a professional first. 

Hydrafacial Procedure

A hydrafacial procedure is a multi-step treatment that works with those who have skin conditions such as clogged or large pores, have darker spots, mild acne, or severe acne.

It is medical-grade microdermabrasion that has three steps: cleanse, exfoliate, and infusion of sermons.

It gets rid of dead cells, which leads to radiant skin and smoother skin. A hydrafacial treatment cleanses your skin and exfoliates it.

Then using a spiral suction tip, extracts the gunk, hydrates, and provides antioxidant protection.

Through this process, dead skin and other impurities are removed, and skin is left moisturized and the appearance of scars is diminished.

The infusion of vital nutrients and a lymphatic massage, along with LED light therapy exfoliates the skin helps to improves lymphatic drainage and flow, and collagen production. 

Then, there is a hydrafacial MD, which is a version of microdermabrasion. Since it is a medical-grade procedure, it has better results than any at-home treatment.

This procedure is a series of treatments using a special vortex technology.

Vortex Technology

In the Vortex Exfoliation process, there is a wand that delivers a proprietary serum, which is a combination of lactic acid and glucosamine and removes the dead skin cells that accumulate on the face. 

Then, in the Vortex Peel, the wand is used to apply a mixture of glycolic and salicylic acid. Since these are superficial chemical peels, it only affects the top layer of skin or the epidermis.

Fortunately, this type of peel doesn’t leave scaling and it also has very little risk of scarring. 

In this next step, Vortex Extraction, the wand is used to remove blackheads and clear clogged pores with gentle circular suction.

During the Vortex Boost, you will receive one or more of four proprietary serum blends filled with an infusion of antioxidants, peptides, hyaluronic acid (which increases collagen production), and more.

Now, all of this depends on your skin and the particular needs it has. 

In this final step, Vortex Fusion, a serum is applied that contains an infusion of antioxidants (e.g. vitamin E, white tea extract) and hyaluronic acid to your face.

Results from a hydrafacial are using immediate provide instant results in the first session.

Microdermabrasion Facial

When receiving a microdermabrasion facial, your skin is gently sanded using a minimally abrasive instrument, which is like a deep exfoliation.

The microdermabrasion machine has an abrasive tip, which may feel rough on your skin. It treats discoloration in skin tone, sun damage, stretch marks, and light scarring.

Then, the impurities are sucked away, using vacuum technology. Like a hydrafacial, it also is a skin treatment for clogged pores, spots, dry skin, and cleanses dead skin cells.

Once all of the impurities and blackheads are sucked out, special serums are applied with vital nutrients to leave the skin soft and healthy. Now, there are a few different types of this manual exfoliation.

Manual Exfoliation

The first one is Crystal Microdermabrasion, which uses tiny crystals and friction or force to remove epidermins.

Diamond Microdermabrasion is more abrasive and sands off the top layer of skin.

Then there is a procedure called Wet Microdermabrasion, and unlike a typical microdermabrasion treatment, this one uses a diamond tip to exfoliate the skin with pressure, instead of the crystals hitting the skin.

A great addition to this process is Blue Light therapy, which gets below the surface to help new skin growth factors, increase production of collagen, and healthy skin turnover.


When considering either treatment, it’s important to look at the side effects to figure out the best option for yourself.

Hyrdafacials typically have immediate results. Its recommended not to use products like glycolic acid after treatment because it can irritate. It is not an invasive procedure, so the recovery time is pretty quick. There can be minor redness and tightness, but those will only last a few hours.

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure, but there can be more side effects. Sensitive skin and redness can last longer, with slight bruising around the eyes, dry skin, and potential sun sensitivity.

However, both treatments can leave the skin’s surface with a brighter complexion.

Depending on current skin conditions, these procedures can leave behind dewy skin, improve skin radiance, and overall make you feel more beautiful.

So in the debate of hydrafacial vs microdermabrasion, it is a decision that needs to be made with a professional based on your skin type and skin goals, but this was just a little bit to help you get on the right track.

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