Microdermabrasion vs. Hydradermabrasion

What’s the difference?


Microdermabrasion has been around as an effective facial treatment for a myriad of skin conditions; it helps with cell turn over, circulation, and facial imperfections. However, there is a new epidermal shedding treatment on the market that sounds similar, but it is “infused” with some surprising differences. Let us discuss the benefits and differences between microdermabrasion and the newer hydradermabrasion.


Microdermabrasion has two modes of exfoliation. First is the use of a diamond tip extraction device that exfoliates by a “sanding” like mechanism with a diamond tip that is gently moved across the skin. As the diamond tip hand piece is brought over the skin suction removes the dead skin and debris. The second uses fine, sand like particles to exfoliate. Typically, the particles are made of aluminum oxides or sodium bicarbonate, with the possibility of additional beneficial additives such as tea tree granules for an antibacterial effect.

Hydradermabrasion uses similar technology in utilizing a handpiece that also has vacuum capability and the ability to exfoliate, yet the name gives us a clue to the main difference – “HYDRA”.

Hydradermabrasion uses a vortex like water technology to gently use water to “pressure wash” the dirt and debri from the epidermis while also infusing the skin with beneficial skin serums. The water is pushed against the skin like a tiny tornado to cause the hardened keratinocytes to loosen while pushing antioxidants and other goodness into the skin.

Microdermabrasion and hydradermabrasion are used in treating a variety of different ailments of the skin.


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Kara McLucas-Mark

Kara McLucas-Mark is a licensed esthetician with a medical focus. She has worked with multiple modalities including non-ablative lasers, microcurrent, ultrasound skin tightening, and radiofrequency machines. She lives with her husband and two dogs outside of Annapolis, MD. She loves learning about new skin developments, her LED light, and jade roller!