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Is HydraFacial the right treatment for you?

Ellie Taylor
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HydraFacial treatment, also sometimes known as ‘hydradermabrasion’, is a brand of patented facials that can target a range of skin concerns. They are customisable, suitable for all skin types and can become more advanced to target specific skin concerns through the use of added boosters and serums.

But, as there are so many treatments available to treat different things, it’s hard to know whether HydraFacial is right for you. We have compared HydraFacial with a few common treatments so you can decide for yourself.

HydraFacial vs Microdermabrasion

HydraFacial and microdermabrasion are only similar through their exfoliating, skin rejuvenating properties and efficacy in targeting pigmentation, aged skin, dullness and sun damage.

Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment that contains antibacterial crystals to physically exfoliate the epidermal, outer layer of skin. It is mostly suitable for refreshing the skin and targets dull, oily and congested skin well due to its exfoliating nature.

It may also be beneficial in targeting static wrinkles and fine lines, and help to reduce the appearance of large pores and vellus hair (‘peach fuzz’) too.

As it is quite an abrasive treatment, it is not recommended on sensitive skin types, or those suffering with acne, eczema and rosacea. Although, this treatment’s different levels of pressure can be altered depending on your skin, acne and conditions like it, can still be easily irritated and worsened through physical exfoliation.

Some side effects may be increased tenderness, redness and inflammation of the treated area.

Is HydraFacial better than microdermabrasion?

Compared to Microdermabrasion, HydraFacials are gentle, less abrasive and invasive. Microdermabrasion would be more suitable to treat dull, congested skin and is less suitable for dry skin.

HydraFacial, however, can treat complex skin conditions like acne, rosacea and rehydrate dry, sensitive skin.

The main difference between HydraFacial and microdermabrasion is that, whilst microdermabrasion treatment exfoliates, exfoliation is only one part of a HydraFacial treatment.

HydraFacial is also a newer treatment, with newer technology that not only exfoliates, but also detoxes the skin, cleanses, extracts impurities, hydrates and stimulates the production of anti-ageing proteins. If you suffer from blackheads, the extraction stage of a HydraFacial is ideal to gently remove deeply set bacteria.

In this aspect, HydraFacials are kinder and more advanced than microdermabrasion.

Skin peels vs HydraFacials

Skin peels, also known as ‘chemical peels’, do not actually contain any chemicals, but rather are named after the medical grade solutions used to hydrate and protect the skin.

They are a type of medical spa facial that works using a blend of active ingredients for thorough cleansing and exfoliation.

These ingredients also prompt skin cell renewal and stimulate collagen production which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and promotes a clearer complexion.

Compared to HydraFacial, skin peels work mostly on the surface layer of skin to reverse the signs of ageing, whereas HydraFacials work to remove deeply set dirt, sebum and dead skin cells to promote healthy functioning of the skin’s barrier.

Skin peels are generally more affordable, but with HydraFacials, your money goes further – especially with the new Platinum HydraFacial range which features a skin peel included into the facial.

Microneedling vs HydraFacial

Microneedling is similar to microdermabrasion in its invasiveness. It works by using a Dermaroller – a hand held tool that has ultra-fine needles attached to it –to gently roll over the skin causing a small amount of trauma to activate the skin healing process and stimulate new skin cell growth.

This treatment has strong benefits in treating acne scarring and stretch marks, which HydraFacial is less effective in diminishing. They are similar treatments in a sense, as both treatments encourage future skin rejuvenation, but HydraFacial has less adverse side effects compared to microneedling.

After a HydraFacial there is no downtime, whereas with microneedling you may experience some localised bleeding around the entry holes. This is because – especially when treating scarring – the needle penetrates deeper into the skin to repair the damaged skin tissue.

This bleeding, however, should subside in the hours after the treatment but it’s probably best not to plan a big event after a microneedling treatment!

Key things to remember

  • HydraFacials are suitable for all skin types and can target a range of skin conditions in one session
  • HydraFacials produce gentle, but visible, skin rejuvenation
  • The most invasive treatments are microneedling and microdermabrasion
  • Skin peels help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also contain some powerful active ingredients which may irritate more sensitive skin

HydraFacial is the right treatment for anyone wanting to boost their glow, smoothen their complexion and deeply clean their skin – whilst still improving pigmentation, wrinkles and spots. Read more here if you’re still unsure!

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