Microneedling vs. Microdermabrasion – How Do They Differ and Which Is Better?

If you are a skincare devotee or a beauty guru, chances are you’ve heard of microneedling and microdermabrasion. Microneedling and microdermabrasion are low-risk, high-reward skincare solutions that rejuvenate your skin to make you look and feel like your best self.

What is the difference between microneedling and microdermabrasion, and how do they fit into your routine? Let’s take a closer look.

Dulce Lash and Skin pride ourselves on pampering your skin. Our skin-care experts attend ongoing training to ensure they are constantly updated with each new beauty trend and the latest techniques. We offer cutting-edge techniques in microdermabrasion, chemical peels, oxygen facials, microneedling, and more to ensure your skin looks young, vibrant, and gorgeous. 

What’s The Difference?

For context, microneedling uses micro-fine needles as a treatment to rejuvenate the skin. Microneedling is commonly used to target scarring, dark marks, and large pores. It penetrates your skin with collagen, which your skin needs to stay firm and help regenerate scar tissue.

On the contrary, microdermabrasion is a treatment that exfoliates your skin with a hand-held vacuum and crystals. The use of microdermabrasion is to relieve dullness and to unclog your pores to smooth away any signs of early aging or wrinkles.

How Does It Work?

There are two different types of microdermabrasion you can choose from: crystal microdermabrasion and diamond microdermabrasion. While they both have similar results, the process for each is a little different. Crystal microdermabrasion applies crystals to the skin and will vacuum away those crystals to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from your top layer of skin. Diamond microdermabrasion does not use crystals, and instead uses a diamond-tipped wand to gently abrade the skin. The process stimulates collagen production, giving your skinh a plumped and refreshed look.

With microneedling, there are two ways that professionals can do it. There is a small hand-held roller tool that has microneedles on it and an electronic dermastamp. By creating microscopic punctures in the skin, microneedling uses short needles to rejuvenate the skin from the surface level. 

The small marks left by the needles encourage increased collagen production. The skin reacts to the minor “injury” and it responds by generating new tissue. New skin tissue tends to be more even and toned than aged or injured skin (via sunspots, acne, etc.).

What Concerns Does It Target?

Microdermabrasion is typically used to target fine lines, clogged pores, dull and tired skin, as well as blackheads. Whereas microneedling targets fine lines, large pores, acne scarring, and stretch marks.

What Are The Side Effects?

For microdermabrasion, there are no acids or chemicals that are used during treatment. No acids or chemicals mean that there should be minimal side effects to the experience. The same thing can be said for microneedling. Minor redness that lasts for a few hours is the most common side effect.

Is It Invasive?

With Microdermabrasion, there is no penetration of the skin. Therefore it is not an invasive treatment. 

However, for microneedling, there are some circumstances where a patient can experience some minor bleeding. This is typically in the case of someone who has severe acne scarring or stretch marks, which makes skin more prone to breakage. 

Everything You Need To Know About Microdermabrasion

This form of skin treatment is an offshoot of dermabrasion and skin resurfacing, which is done to the body and the face to remove any dead or damaged cells on the top layer of your skin. 

The American College of Dermatology recommends Microdermabrasions to target:

  • A dull complexion
  • Any signs of aging
  • Spots made by the sun
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Acne scars

Deeper Dive On How It Works

The method of microdermabrasion is much like gently scraping your skin. In the case of diamond microdermabrasion, it’s a small machine that vacuums with a rough tip that helps to remove your top layer of skin.  

The best part of microdermabrasion is that you may see results right away, and your skin may feel much smoother very soon after. What’s even better is that your skin may look like it has a more even tone and brighter after treatment. As a rule of thumb, most people will need more than one microdermabrasion treatment. Coming back for more than one treatment ensures that your skin is looking rejuvenated and benefitting from improved elasticity and collagen production.

What You Need to Know About Microneedling

This is a newer form of skin treatment designed to trigger the healing process response of the skin and achieved by using a handheld device that will penetrate the skin and use tiny needles to create microscopic wounds. These wounds should trigger a reaction in your skin that stimulates elastin and collagen production. By activating the collagen, your skin will achieve a smoother, firmer, and more refined appearance. This procedure is only minimally invasive, and a cream that will mildly numb your skin is used to minimize any discomfort the client may feel during the process.

Here is what microneedling targets for your skin:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Fine Lines
  • Stretch marks
  • Open pores

Deeper Dive On How It Works

The process of microneedling is intended to trigger the skin to repair itself. This will help the skin with its collagen production as improved elasticity in the tissue. Collagen also helps to plump any fine lines and thicken skin. What happens during this process is that very small micro-needles create tiny holes (.5 to 3 mm deep) in the skin. 

The standard tool that is used for microneedling is the dermaroller. This device has a small wheel with rows of needles all around it that can make up to 250 holes in the skin per square centimeter. However, you may see people use a microneedling machine. This machine has a tip on it that is very similar to a tattoo machine and can be used for the same purpose.

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