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Hydrafacials vs Microdermabrasion: What's the Difference and Which Is Better?

Updated: Nov 29, 2021

Are you tired of looking at the mirror and feeling like you can't see anything but the blemishes and spots on your skin?

If that's the case, two medical spa procedures are available to help refresh your skin and help you feel good about your appearance: Hydrafacials and microdermabrasion.

But that leaves you with another question to ponder for the next time you hit your local med spa. Which type of facial treatment is the best fit for you and your skin?


Well, that's where Clique Med Spa comes in. We're here to give you our definitive guide to Hydra facials vs. microdermabrasion so you know which one is best and why…

But enough talk, right? Let's dive right into the thick of it!

What Does a Microdermabrasion Facial Do?

Microdermabrasion treatments are a common skincare procedure through which a dermatologist will rub a wand-like tool (sometimes filled with fine crystals) across your face to remove the top layers of your skin (also known as the epidermis). This will allow your skin some breathing room, by removing dirt and oils trapped in your skin, so it can work its magic. It achieves this by applying a light vacuum to your skin, creating a mildly painful pulling sensation.



That being said, it's nowhere near bad enough to require painkillers or anesthesia.


What is a Hydrafacial Treatment?


Hydrafacial treatments operate a lot like microdermabrasion but use a vortex-fusion technology system to exfoliate, extract and hydrate the skin and remove dead skin cells.


This treatment can even be referred to as a wet microdermabrasion that can remove skin spots, like age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, some types of acne scarring from deeper within the skin.

These patented facial treatments can be followed up with the specific ‘boosters’ containing ingredients like salicylic acids to further exfoliate the skin.


The treatment also involves the application of antioxidants to help keep the skin soft and hydrated. Various serums are also applied to the skin here to kickstart skin fibre regrowth.


Hydra facials work great on any skin type and are a good option for a variety of skin conditions.


What's the Difference Between Hydrafacial and Microdermabrasion?

One of the key differences between the two treatments is that microdermabrasion only treats the upper layers of the skin, making it ideal for alleviating dark spots and getting gunk out of your pores (problems that have roots in the epidermis).


However, this means it misses out on fixing issues like scarring or wrinkles that take effect in the deeper layers of the skin. These are all issues Hydra facials can help with.


Another difference is that Hydra facials carry fewer side effects than microdermabrasion treatments do.


Since microdermabrasion pulls at the skin, your skin can feel sore or sensitive for several days afterwards and you can notice reddening of the affected area.


The treatment can also worsen acne conditions in some patients. Hydra facials skip the pulling in favor of vortex technology and have no such side effects as a result.


Hydra facials also combine a lot of treatments into one (cleansing, exfoliation, particle removal, massage, skin hydration, and so on). Microdermabrasion only gives you the base treatment.


It's also worth noting that Hydra facials are painless and require no downtime or recovery time. Thus, they are far easier treatments to receive than mildly painful microdermabrasion.


And the War Between Hydrafacials vs. Microdermabrasion Ends

And there you have it! The full breakdown of the difference between Hydra facials vs. microdermabrasion!

If you want to schedule an appointment or learn more about how these treatments work, feel free to contact us and let us know how we can help you!





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