Microdermabrasion and microneedling are two popular skincare treatments that aim to improve the appearance and texture of the skin, but they work in different ways and have distinct benefits and considerations.
Ever wondered how to tell them apart, or which one is best to address your skin concerns? Read on below to find out!
MICRODERMABRASION: WHAT IS IT?
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive exfoliation technique that uses a machine to spray tiny crystals onto the skin's surface or employ a diamond-tipped wand to manually exfoliate the outermost layer of dead skin cells.
In other words, it involves a professional using a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. Essentially, it polishes the skin!
The procedure is typically done in a series of sessions and is often considered a mild or superficial treatment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Microdermabrasion benefits include:
- Improving skin texture and tone.
- Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Minimizing the appearance of pores.
- Helping with mild pigmentation issues and acne scars.
- Requiring minimal downtime.
Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a cosmetic procedure that involves the use of a device with fine, sterile needles that repeatedly puncture the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body's natural process, consequently boosting collagen production and allowing for better absorption of topical skincare products. The treatments are also usually done as a series of sessions.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Microneedling benefits include:
- Enhanced collagen and elastin production.
- Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Improved skin texture, including fewer acne scars, stretch marks, and visible pigmentation
- Can be done on various body areas.
- Requires some downtime for recovery, but results are typically more pronounced than microdermabrasion.
- Microneedling typically penetrates deeper into the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production more effectively than microdermabrasion.
- Microneedling often requires a short period of downtime due to redness and minor swelling, while microdermabrasion typically has minimal to no downtime.
- Microneedling tends to produce more noticeable and long-lasting results for concerns like wrinkles, scars, and overall skin texture, while microdermabrasion offers milder improvements.
- Microdermabrasion is suitable for a wider range of skin types and issues, including sensitive skin. Microneedling may not be recommended for certain skin conditions or for those with very sensitive skin.
That being said, it’s advisable in all cases to consult with a skincare professional to determine which treatment is best for your specific needs and skin type. And even more importantly, regardless of which treatment you opt for, both require proper aftercare and careful sun protection.
Until next time,
The BSE Team