Microdermabrasion vs. Regular Exfoliation

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At the end of the day, our skin suffers from the impact of dirt, grime, and oil that clings to the surface and clogs our pores. Skin care techniques like exfoliation and microdermabrasion help deeply cleanse your skin, removing excess oils and dirt and even stimulating new cell growth beneath the surface. But what’s the difference between exfoliation and microdermabrasion? 

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation is the action of removing dead skin cells that are closest to the surface, leaving behind smooth, fresh skin. At-home exfoliation techniques can include scrubbing down your body with a loofa, or using an exfoliating cleanser or an exfoliation cleanser tool on your face. After an exfoliation treatment, your skin will be cleansed and refreshed; free from the oil, dirt, and grime it collects in its pores over the course of the day.

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Who Benefits from Exfoliation?

Anyone can benefit from exfoliation, since even those with sensitive skin can control the level of intensity from an at-home exfoliation session. Individuals with dryer skin may feel more of the advantages of the process since it is a great way to get rid of flakey, dead skin.

Benefits to Exfoliation

Exfoliation has a multitude of benefits, including:

  • Preventing or reducing acne breakouts
  • Evening out your skin tone or eliminating the appearance of age spots
  • Reduce the size of your pores
  • Get smoother skin and eliminate dry skin
  • Prevent ingrown hairs and smooth razor bumps 
  • Allow skin care products to penetrate more deeply

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What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a more intense type of exfoliation technique. This non-invasive procedure is done by an aesthetician or doctor, and uses a rotating instrument with an abrasive surface to remove the damaged top layers of skin. The doctor will typically treat your skin with a local anesthesia to slightly numb the area before using the tool to expose new, smoother, and more youthful looking layers of skin. Because microdermabrasion penetrates deeper than at home exfoliation, it also stimulates the growth of a new, healthy layer.

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Who Benefits from Microdermabrasion?

As with normal exfoliation, microdermabrasion is beneficial for anyone who wants to refresh their skin. Those with very dry, or rough-textured skin can really benefit from microdermabrasion, since this procedure cleanses down to deeper layers than at-home exfoliation.

Benefits to Microdermabrasion

Because microdermabrasion exfoliates and cleanses more deeply than exfoliation, its benefits are plentiful, including:

  • Eliminating scarring and age spots
  • Evening out skin tone
  • Reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines
  • Treating rhinophyma

Contact Athré Facial Plastics for a Consultation!

If you’re looking for a deep cleanse and a smooth, youthful appearance, exfoliation or microdermabrasion might be for you! Our med spa offers several luxurious facial treatments, including microdermabrasion and microneedling treatments. 

Contact Athré Facial Plastics today to set up your consultation, and get ready for glowing skin.