Crystal Microdermabrasion vs Diamond for Women Over 50

Surprising Fact: Crystal Microdermabrasion Shines Bright for Aging Skin

Crystal Microdermabrasion vs Diamond: Which is better? The answer may surprise you.

by Linda Robison

While diamond microdermabrasion gets a lot of hype, crystal microdermabrasion has some surprising perks for aging skin. These treatments both aim to freshen up your complexion by sloughing off dead skin cells and encouraging new growth.

But, if you're a woman over 50 dealing with sun damage or dullness, it might be worth considering the crystal option. 

This article explores the differences between the two methods and highlights why one might be more beneficial for aging skin than the other.

The difference between two microdermabrasion techniques

Crystal microdermabrasion.

Crystal and diamond microdermabrasion are two of the most effective non-invasive skin treatment procedures. Both focus on exfoliating to remove the superficial layer of dead cells and stimulate new skin growth.

Studies indicate that both crystal and diamond microdermabrasion are fairly safe methods that offer anti-aging effects by improving skin tone, reducing dark spots and wrinkles, cleaner pores.

This comparison offers valuable insights for women over 50 who are experiencing skin discoloration, congestion, or rough, dry, dull skin associated with aging and sun damage.

1. Crystal Microdermabrasion

What it is:

This traditional (older) method uses a device that dispenses a high-speed flow of aluminum oxide crystals or sodium bicarbonate granules onto the skin. This, in effect, "sandblasts" the skin, removing the dead skin cells and other impurities which are then immediately vacuumed away by the same device.


The spraying crystal immediately improves skin texture and appearance, leaving your complexion smooth and glowing. It is particularly effective in the reduction of sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, and light acne scars.

And, this exfoliation method along with the vacuum action helps stimulate collagen production, which helps increase suppleness and elasticity.

Note: I've personally undergone this treatment and can vouch for its immediate enhancement of my skin. I loved the results!


Now, here's the part that makes this technique less appealing and less popular for some people.

Though results can be impressive, it's important to understand that the crystals can also be abrasive for those with sensitive skin, or those with specific conditions and can cause irritation.

Also, although rarely harmful, some worry about the risk linked to inhaling or ingesting the crystals during the procedure. That's why it's not as favored as the diamond tip technique.

However, the microdermabrasion wand has a closed-loop vacuum system, which suctions the crystals and dead skin back into the machine so they are not inhaled. And, a skilled professional will ensure that your exposure to the crystal spray is kept to a minimum.

2. Diamond Microdermabrasion:

What it is:

Diamond microdermabrasion is seen as an improvement over the crystal method. 

It uses a handheld device with a diamond-tipped wand that exfoliates gently, reducing the degree of physical abrasion. And some say it's more comfort than the crystal method.

Note: Although, I never found the crystal dermabrasion to be uncomfortable. In fact, I liked the way it felt! 😊


The benefits are similar to the crystal method in that it helps remove dead skin cells, improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and enhance the overall radiance of the skin.

And, it's gentler and less irritating.

Microdermabrasion for skin aging.

Reasons why crystal microdermabrasion might be better

For women over 50, diamond microdermabrasion is a popular choice due to its gentle approach, making it particularly suitable for mature skin.

And, ultimately, you and your skincare provider will be able to help you decide which is best for your individual needs. 

But here are some facts to consider:

While both crystal and diamond offer similar benefits, the crystal method might be better if you:

  • Have thicker or non-sensitive skin that can tolerate the abrasive nature of crystal exfoliation.
  • Prefer a more aggressive exfoliation treatment to address stubborn skin concerns such as rough texture, deep wrinkles, or severe sun damage.
  • Are seeking immediate and noticeable results after a single treatment. Crystal microdermabrasion can often provide a more dramatic improvement in texture and appearance.
  • Have concerns about the cost of treatment. Crystal microdermabrasion machines are typically less expensive to purchase and maintain compared to diamond machines.
  • Have skin sensitivities or allergies to materials used in diamond microdermabrasion, such as nickel or synthetic diamonds.
  • Prefer a treatment with a proven track record of success in skincare. The crystal technique has been in use for a longer time and has a well-established track record in the skincare industry.

Intensity and control

Some estheticians believe that crystal microdermabrasion offers better control over treatment intensity due to its ability to adjust factors such as crystal flow rate and suction power.

This level of customization allows for more precise tailoring of the treatment to individual skin types and concerns.

However, diamond microdermabrasion also provides some degree of control through adjustable suction levels and tip sizes, offering flexibility in treatment options.

Ultimately, the choice between crystal and diamond microdermabrasion depends on individual preferences and the recommendations of a skincare professional

Takeaway: Crystal microdermabrasion vs diamond


The diamond microdermabrasion is the most preferred method because it provides a cleaner, less aggressive approach, making it ideal for sensitive skin types or those prone to irritation or allergic reactions.

In fact, some say that crystal treatments might soon be phased out.

But, some people may prefer or require a more aggressive treatment.

In my experience, I get better results with the crystal microdermabrasion treatment. Even after just one session.

But, since each person is different, it's best to consultation with a certified skincare professional and explain what your issues are and what you expect.

And, remember, microdermabrasion therapies can also be more effective when incorporated into a comprehensive skincare regime, often mixed with other skin procedures and products delivering enhanced results.

After all, your skin's needs are as unique as you are, and what works best for you depends on your skin's individual quirks and preferences.