Can’t decide between ultrasonic exfoliation & microdermabrasion?
Ultrasonic exfoliation and microdermabrasion are both ideal treatments for clearing clogged pores and removing excess oil, debris and dead cells from your skin, as well as stimulating cellular turnover.
What is ultrasonic exfoliation?
This type of exfoliation uses ultrasonic soundwaves (28,000 vibrations per second) to loosen and lift the dead cells from your skin, clear clogged pores and remove excess sebum and blackheads.
Some form of liquid needs to be applied to your skin before using the ultrasonic exfoliation device (this can just be water), and at the same time as lifting the debris from your skin, the liquid is infused deep into your skin to super hydrate your skin cells.
Ultrasonic exfoliation is perfect for people with thin or sensitive skin, as well as anyone who suffers from rosacea. This is because you don’t have the suction that comes with microdermabrasion treatments that can on occasion, result in redness and burst capillaries .
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion treatments do the same as ultrasonic exfoliation, except they use a different technique.
Instead of using soundwaves to loosen and lift dirt and debris, microdermabrasion uses crystals (usually aluminium oxide crystals) or diamond flakes to exfoliate your skin, remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells and unclog your pores.
At the same time as exfoliating your skin, all of this debris is sucked away using a vacuum suction wand and it is this suction that often causes burst capillaries and redness in your skin. This is a non-invasive procedure, but it can take your skin a few days to recover from this treatment, and your skin might be a little red for a while (it is important to avoid sunlight for a few days).
Microdermabrasion can also decrease the appearance of mild hyper-pigmentation, age spots and sun spots, as well as mild lines and wrinkles, something that ultrasonic exfoliation doesn’t tend to do.
- Microdermabrasion actually removes moisture from your skin, as opposed to ultrasonic exfoliation that actively hydrates your skin. This is why you need to apply a rich moisturizer following microdermabrasion.
- Microdermabrasion is not recommended for anyone with rosacea, burst capillaries, sensitive or thin skin, eczema, dermatitis, sunburn, psoriasis or severe acne.
- Microdermabrasion is ideal for people with darker and thicker skin.