What Does Microdermabrasion Do To Your Face?

You may have heard different kinds of treatments when it concerns sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Some of them are minimally invasive and they renew overall skin tone and texture. 

Microdermabrasion is a procedure used to remove dead skin cells from the skin. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkling, fine lines, age spots, and other skin-related concerns and conditions. The procedure uses an abrasive surface to gently sand away the thick outer layer of the skin.

What is microdermabrasion?

First things first, microdermabrasion is an exfoliation process. Microdermabrasion is a skin treatment procedure that uses a specialized wand that scrapes away the very top layer of your skin. It is considered safe for all skin types and colors.

Microdermabrasion uses specialist skills and tools. There are 3 kinds of dermabrasion:

  • Hydra dermabrasion   It's a newly marketed microdermabrasion method that uses water and oxygen to exfoliate the skin.

What is microdermabrasion?

  • Crystal — This microdermabrasion is like blasting the dead skin cells and dirt off your face. It sprays fine crystals onto the skin that rubs off the dead skin cells and the outer layer. It is an in-built suction to remove the skin and used crystals immediately.

crytal microdermabrasion

  • Diamond-tip handpiece — It is a widely used tool by spas that sloughs off dead cells while suctioning them away from the skin at the same time. This treatment is usually used on the face, particularly close to the eyes due to its precision.

Diamond-tip handpiece microdermabrasion


What does microdermabrasion do for your face?

If you're thinking of dermaplaning, IT IS NOT. Dermaplaning uses a scalpel to scrape the top level of the skin. Many skin issues are addressed by microdermabrasion. It takes away the topmost layer of the skin. It:

  • Eliminates large pores by reducing them
  • Gives you a refreshed appearance by exfoliating your skin
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves patches of uneven skin (hyperpigmentation)
  • Improves age spots and blackheads
  • Treats acne and the scars they left you with

Overall, microdermabrasion helps you with collagen. It thickens your collagen level. Microdermabrasion treats light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and stretch marks. 


Is microdermabrasion worth the money?

This treatment is very much less invasive than surgical options. It's gentle that it's like a cat is licking your face. The treatment is going to be effective. For me, it is definitely worth investing for. Skin may become noticeably smoother even after one treatment and it can help it to better absorb moisturizers.

Is microdermabrasion worth the money? 

So, why should I choose Microdermabrasion over other skincare treatments?

Microdermabrasion vs. Chemical Peels

Microdermabrasion vs. Chemical Peels

Yes, both are exfoliating treatments. If you have active acne, the better choice is chemical peels. Microdermabrasion can cause issues and irritate your acne.

Here's the thing. You can try both of the treatments. Microdermabrasion is like mowing the lawn (which is your face by the way), while the chemical peel is like aerating the lawn. You may get better results when you do both a microdermabrasion and chemical peel at the same time.


Microdermabrasion vs. Microneedling

Microdermabrasion vs. Microneedling

Both are common skin treatments for similar skin conditions mentioned above. However, they work with different methods to change your skin's appearance. Microdermabrasion is a generally safer procedure as it works on the top layer of your skin. If your risk appetite is high and you wanted a more dramatic result, you can opt for Microneedling since the treatment goes deeper below the skin.

You can't try both Microneedling and Microdermabrasion treatments, because they address your old skin cells differently. Their processes can be painful and pointless when combined.

Microneedling punctures microchannels into your skin surface, which then triggers your body's natural trauma response through producing collagen and elastin as it repairs the damaged skin with new skin cells. Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, is a deep exfoliation that scratches and vacuums away the top level of your skin for newer skin cells to shine. You’re essentially sanding away the old skin cells. So, when you also book for Microneedling, you’re simply puncturing holes into fresh new skin, which can be painful and doesn’t do much since you’ve already removed the upper layer of skin cells.

You can try both treatments on a different visit to the spa.

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Microdermabrasion vs. Dermaplaning

Microdermabrasion vs. Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning uses a surgical scalpel to exfoliate and remove peach fuzz from your skin to reveal a glowing one. Microdermabrasion uses a machine that involves spraying your skin with an exfoliant while sucking dirt and impurities from your skin to expose a newer layer.

Can you do dermaplaning after microdermabrasion? No, not until your skin has healed from microdermabrasion. For me, they are both exfoliating procedures.

If you still have questions unanswered, you can directly message me or book a skin consultation with us!



As we all know, exfoliation is a need when you want to reveal the glow of your skin. Microdermabrasion is one of the exfoliating treatments we recommend.

When you have decided to book for the microdermabrasion treatment, you should be honest about your comfort levels. The term "abrasion" in microdermabrasion might let you think that it hurts. This treatment should not hurt, but first-timers may feel a little uncomfortable because of tightness afterward. Don't worry the treated skin is quite warm later, it's normal.