Pitched by Doctors and Aestheticians as an effortless yet effective treatment, Hydrodermabrasion is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, but what is it exactly, how is it different to microdermabrasion and does it get results?
What Is hydrodermabrasion?
Hydrodermabrasion is a deep exfoliating treatment that uses water or an active exfoliating serum to flush dead skin cells and debris from the surface of your skin.
The treatment is loved for its ability to improve skin texture, reduce fine lines and discolouration, treat acne or oiliness, coarse pores and even enhance your overall skin tone. It does so by cleansing, exfoliating, detoxifying, nourishing and hydrating your skin with no downtime.
It’s also a huge advancement on microdermabrasion, and there are a few reasons why.
Hydrodermabrasion vs Microdermabrasion
Both treatments help smooth the skin by removing the top layer of dead and uneven skin cells.
Additionally, both treatments use a vacuum to suction away dead cells and other debris.
The difference? Hydrodermobrasion is gentler on your skin, even though the treatment is equally effective.
Microdermabrasion uses a handpiece with diamond shaped tips that literally scrapes away the surface of your skin. Hydrodermabrasion, on the other hand, uses a gentler tip and fluids that help wash the cell debris, so it has the same deep exfoliation, but it’s much less abrasive and more comfortable for your skin.
The HydraFacial is an even further advancement because it uses exfoliating serums to help remove dead cells and flush debris from the pores, while the suction handpiece vacuums dirt and debris away. It’s essentially the most powerful and the most gentle of the dermabrasion options.
HydraFacial, Microdermabrasion and Hydrodermabrasion treatments should all end with the infusion of nourishing serums that can more easily penetrate your skin when the surface is clear, just to give you that extra glow.
What is in the serums?
Unless you go for a trusted brand-name treatment like HydraFacial, the treatment serums used may vary between clinics. Most treatments will start with an exfoliating serum made from Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHAs). These are natural substances that gently dissolve the glue that holds dead skin cells together so they can be removed easily.
After professionally exfoliating and detoxifying your skin, it will be treated to nourishing serums which may include Hyaluronic Acid (a natural hydrator found in your skin’s barrier) or antioxidants and vitamins that can help promote healthy cell function and protect your skin from ageing caused by pollutants and oxidative stress.
Does it produce results?
You get an initial healthy glow after your first treatment, which makes it a popular choice before weddings or other events. HydraFacial in particular can help clear the appearance of blackheads right away.
For recurring conditions, such as active acne or textural concerns, you may require more than one treatment. We recommend speaking to a Clinician who can assess your skin and tell you what sort of results you’re likely to get, because we’re all unique in our skin!