Do you know the difference between HydraFacial and Microdermabrasion?

Despite both treatments containing many similarities in terms of post-treatment results, such as brightened, deeply exfoliated skin, HydraFacial is actually a much more beneficial skin treatment compared to a microdermabrasion facial, as it also detoxifies, hydrates and stimulates collagen re-growth, and can be tailored specifically to each individual skin type or preferred result. Having previously performed microdermasion treatments and now also HydraFacial, it’s easy for me to demonstrate the differences between both treatments.

Personally, I would always advise HydraFacial over microdermabrasion – and it’s not just because we offer HydraFacial here at RejuvaMed! HydraFacial is a unique 6 step signature facial. Laura and I can tailor the treatment to address a client’s specific skin concern, such as acne and scarring, skin pigmentation and also to help boost collagen and plump away fine lines and wrinkles.

  1. Detox

The first step of a HydraFacial is Detox. This involves a procedure known as lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system plays a vital role within the human body – lymph nodes help to destroy bacteria, harmful microorganisms and viruses. The lymph vessels are located just beneath our skin, and the purpose of lymphatic drainage is to move backed up fluid from the tissues, in to the lymph nodes. This process helps to stimulate the immune system and encourages the circulation of white blood cells. By increasing the blood flow, more oxygen is supplied to support the skin cells.

A microdermabrasion facial does not  include lymphatic drainage and detoxification of the skin.

Zoe’s Treatment Point number 1 goes to……….HydraFacial!

  1. Cleansing and Exfoliation

The second step of a HydraFacial is to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Unlike microdermabrasion, which involves a manual cleanse at first, all stages of HydraFacial are performed using the specialist hand-piece, and serum containing lactic acid, glucosamine and botanical extracts is delivered to the skin. In microdermasion treatments, a specialist hand-piece is used which propels exfoliating micro-crystals over the skin to remove the dead skin cells, and then draws them back in to the tank within the machine. HydraFacial also takes the exfoliated dead skin cells back in to the system for collection in a tube at the rear of the machine.

Zoe’s Treatment Point number 2 goes to…….It’s a close one here, as both treatments do exfoliate the skin very well, however HydraFacial also “gives back” with the serum containing lactic acid, which helps to reduce acne breakouts, the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of ageing! So HydraFacial it is!

  1. Gentle Glycolic and Salicylic Solution

The third step in a HydraFacial is to apply a brightening agent, which is a gentle glycolic and salicylic solution. This helps to loosen debris blocking pores ready for extraction stage, and also brightens the appearance of the skin. In microdermasion, the skin brightening solution is applied to the skin by hand.

Zoe’s Treatment Point number 3 goes to……Both treatments offer a skin brightening solution, administered in different ways. For this, I’ll be generous and call it a tie.

  1. Extracting

Step four of HydraFacial is known as Extraction. An anti-bacterial clarifying solution containing honey and salicylic acid is delivered from the hand-piece whilst the system switches to a stronger vacuum suction to remove blackheads and impurities in congested areas such as the nose and chin. All the impurities and debris from the pores is collected in the tank at the back of the HydraFacial machine, meaning once your treatment is completed you really can see the evidence of what has been removed from your skin! Microdermasion does not suction out pores and impurities in the same way.

Zoe’s Treatment Point number 4 goes to…..Again, it’s trusty ole’ HydraFacial! The vacuum suction and pore cleanse in this treatment stage is always going to be a winner for me – Laura and I can actually see the blackheads and debris being released from the skin and suctioned away whilst we work, meaning we can be more thorough in our attack!

  1. Hydration

The fifth stage of HydraFacial is to deliver a cocktail of Hydrating hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidants, peptides and multi-peptides to leave skin replenished and plumped. Using the HydraFacial hand-piece for this process means that these serums are pushed 20% deeper than if you were to have a cream or serum manually applied, as done in a microdermabrasion treatment.

Zoe’s Treatment Point number 5 goes to…..You guessed it! As mentioned above – HydraFacial administers it’s skin boosting serums via it’s hand-piece which means that those products can get deeper in to the newly discovered fresh skin and really work their magic!

  1. Rejuvenation

The final stage of a standard HydraFacial treatment is known as Rejuvenation. This involves LED lights which are passed over the skin in a series of movements. The red infrared LED lights are used to reduce redness, further stimulate collagen and also supports the natural production of Vitamin D, which leaves the skin with a beautiful glow. Or alternatively, if your skin is acne prone and congested and you’re having a specialised HydraFacial treatment for such, your Aesthetician will use blue LED light. These blue lights are used to combat congested areas by attacking a specific bacteria which is one of the causes of acne. The light also helps to calm irritated skin and reduces further breakouts. LED light therapy is not used in a microdermasion treatment.

Zoe’s Treatment Point number 6 goes to…………..Yep. One treatment offers LED light therapy and one doesn’t. Congratulations HydraFacial you’ve done it again!

PS -HydraFacial also has a homecare product range known as “Daily Essentials”. The serums in this range are exactly the same as those used within the HydraFacial treatment. The use of these products in between treatments help to prolong your HydraFacial results.


So to summarise, both treatments cleanse and exfoliate, brighten the skin, promote production of fresh collagen and cells, improve absorption of skincare products by removing the dead skin cell layer, and both improve the texture and smoothness of the skin.

If you’re looking to give your skin a boost with a good exfoliation, either treatment will do. But if you’re looking to maintain skin health, reduce pigmentation, treat acne, and plump up fine lines and wrinkles, then HydraFacial is the treatment choice for you.

Zoe @ RejuvaMed