Hydrafacial Versus Microdermabrasion: Which one is better?

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Hi Zwivel community - My name is Nicole and I'm a licensed Esthetician in California. I'm often asked what the difference is between microdermabrasion and Hydrafacial treatments, so I decided to write a post about it.

Let me start off by saying that I personally had microdermabrasion treatments done over the course of a 10 year period. I was a huge advocate of them and recommended it to many patients. The major pitfalls with microdermabrasion were that I couldn't use it on individuals with dry skin, on lighter skin tones, like Irish people with fair skin and blue eyes, or people with really sensitive skin and who were prone to acne. The strong suction of the microdermabrasion machine, coupled with the course diamond tip, would sometimes leave my patients with broken capillaries, which is something I desperately tried to avoid.

Then along came the Hydrafacial treatment, a machine that delivered the same caliber of results that microdermabrasion did, but without the side-effects. The Hydrafacial MD machine is an amazing exfoliator, like Microdermabrasion, but I can use it on all skin types. Unlike the course diamond tip of the microdermabrasion wand, the Hydrafacial system uses a smooth vortex tip that infuses serums as it exfoliates. This prevents the skin from becoming dehydrated and helps avoid patients from receiving broken capillaries during their treatment. I have successfully performed Hydrafacial treatments on hundreds of patients with acne, dry and sensitive skin. It works on all skin types and is perfectly safe. The machine is also great, because it allows me to provide a patient with additional treatments afterwards. For example, I can give the patient an LED, enzyme or facial after a Hydrafacial treatment and it won't cause the patient's skin to be irritated. I could not do this after a microdermabrasion treatment.

At the end of the day, given the option between a microdermabrasion and Hydrafacial treatment, you should go with a Hydrafacial. Hydrafacials maintain the composure of the skin barrier. This means that you get to keep the natural lipids on the surface of the skin. The machine's serums prevent your skin from being over-exfoliated. A microdermabrasion machine can strip your skin of its natural oils, causing hyperpigmentation and worsening of fine lines. In my experience, if you're looking for a very safe and effective skin rejuvenation treatment, you should pick the Hydrafacial. Hope this information helps you choose between the two treatments!


F, 39, California

How soon after microdermabrasion can you get the hydra facial?