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Dermaplaning vs Microdermabrasion: Both are effective exfoliating, anti-aging treatments to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and smooth and rejuvenate the skin. And both can be used as part of a healthy skin care routine for most skin type.
We'll explain how they work, and what's the difference between the two ...
The skin benefits greatly from an exfoliation procedure, particularly on our faces. It gives skin a more radiant appearance, clears clogged pores, supports collagen production, and boosts better product penetration and effectiveness of skincare products.
Establishing a regular exfoliation routine is a must for women over 40 as it results in glowing, healthy skin and fights against sagging and wrinkles.
Dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are two different procedures of exfoliating the top layer of skin. Both have the advantages of exfoliation, but each has extra advantages and may be better suited to different people with different skin concerns.
Although exfoliation is crucial, which technique is best for you? To help you decide which is best for you, let's contrast microdermabrasion with dermaplaning and look at their benefits.
Both dermaplaning and microdermabrasion offer great anti-aging benefits for your face.
And, if you have normal skin and are a good candidate for both exfoliating treatments, you shouldn't have to choose between, as both can be used at different times as part of an anti-aging skincare routine.
But it is important to know the difference between the two and their advantages and disadvantages.
Here is a quick breakdown of these two treatment options and how they work:
This non-invasive procedure uses a sterile blade to scrape (or shave) the top layer of your skin. This helps remove dead cells (which causes dull skin) oil, dirt, and facial hair.
There are many different dermaplaning blades on the market, but most are made of stainless steel with a 0.8mm micro tooth safety guard saw.
However, I have found that some seem sharper than others. The more expensive ones are not recommended for first timers because it's easier to cut yourself. But once you've done it a few times, the sharper, more expensive is the way to go for best results.
Note: One of the main advantages of dermaplaning is how effectively it removes facial hair, include peach fuzz, which cast a dull look over the skin and prevents smooth makeup application.
And unlike facial waxing, the dermaplane blade easily removes the facial hair without any irritation or the mess of heating, applying, and removing wax.
You'd be surprised how much smoother and clean your face looks once you remove all of that extra peach fuzz that most women never notice.
Dermaplaning treatment is a perfect choice if you're looking for a quick way to perk-up your skin, since it only takes minutes and there is no downtime or side-effect, aside from the possibility of a slight nick, for first time users who start with a very sharp blade.
It might be also be a better choice if you have very delicate skin, have recently had a chemical peel or other more aggressive facial treatment.
You can read about home dermaplaning and the different tools used here.
All skin types, including those whose skin is reactive or retains redness, can benefit from dermaplaning. It will work best on dry or oily, mature skin, with excess facial hair or enlarged pores.
removes excess hair, which traps excess oil and dirt, it can improve the
appearance of pores and skin texture.
The benefits of dermaplaning procedure include:
Microdermabrasion is like a mini, mild sandblaster machine that glides across the skin to "blast" away dead skin cells.
This crystal microdermabrasion machine uses a rotating aluminum or diamond tip (sometimes called a disc) that gently peels away of the upper layer of the skin called the stratum corneum.
in-office medical grade microdermabrasion machine usually also sprays a grainy,
salt like powder onto the skin, while the fast rotating disc polishes the
Microdermabrasion treatment is a more aggressive form of exfoliating, than dermaplaning, which may produce better results for younger-looking skin.
However, there is more of a chance of downtime (like 24 hours) and side-effects where you might experience redness, swelling, bruising type mark or tightness of the skin.
Benefits of microdermabrasion treatment include:
For people with non-sensitive skin, microdermabrasion is a wonderful skin rejuvenating treatment. The process can be highly beneficial, but it might be painful for people with sensitive skin.
Microdermabrasion might be too abrasive if you have very sensitive skin that gets red easily or skin conditions like rosacea that causes redness. It might even exacerbate any current skin issues you might have.
You can read more about home microdermabrasion treatments here...
Which One Is Better? Both exfoliating treatments have the potential to be very beneficial for your skin. And if you don't have any pressing skin issues, there is no reason why you can alternate between both treatments for the great results.
However, your particular skin needs and concerns might limit your options. If your skin is super sensitive, then dermaplaning might be a better choice.
Can you have a dermaplaning treatment before or after microdermabrasion procedure?
If you're a good candidate, you can do both treatments, but it's advisable to wait a few weeks in-between each one to let your skin recover.
Let your skin's reaction be your guide. Just keep in mind that over-exfolating is not a good idea, especially for mature, aging skin.
Personally, I'd wait at least 2-3 weeks in-between each treatment.
Check with your aesthetician before proceeding with any in-office or at-home dermaplaning or microdermabrasion treatment if you have any skin issues:
Here is a list of some of the most common questions regarding these two exfoliating treatments.
A: Yes, you can reuse the same dermaplane blade a few times before having to replace it. How will often depend on the quality of the blade. An inexpensive one (like those you can purchase at Target) can only be used about 2-3 times. Personally, I found a more expensive blade is sharper and can be used about 5-6 times. Just make sure to disinfect it with alcohol after each use.
A: If you'e doing these non-invasive skin treatments at home, you should wait until your skin has fully recovered from microdermabrasion. However, if you opt for an in-office procedure, your dermatologists might advise differently. Leave that up to the professionals.
A: Dermaplaning is temporary, just like microdermabrasion. Usually, the effects vanish after a few weeks. So, for optimal results, it's best to do a series of treatments a few times a month.
If you're a good candidate for both dermaplaning and microdermabrasion, you can switch off every few weeks. Try dermaplaning one or twice a month and microdermabrasion treatment once or twice the next month.
A: No, dermaplaning does a fabulous job of removing facial hair and especially that hard to see and hard to remove peach fuzz.
A: No, dermaplaning will not remove dark spots. Microdermabrasion can help to slightly lighten brown spots over time. And professional in-office dermabrasion treatments can help lighten them also. But nothing will remove dark spots as well as professional in-office laser treatments.
A: Dermabrasion is a more aggressive form of microdermabrasion and is only done by a professional skincare expert. It removes not only mild wrinkles but scars too. There is significant downtime with dermabrasion, including bleeding, unlike with microdermabrasion, which has minimal side-effect and downtime.
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