What is Hydrodermabrasion?
Perhaps the best way to describe hydrodermabrasion – or hydro for short – is with three little words beauty pros and skincare connoisseurs alike can appreciate: deep dual exfoliation.
Essentially, what makes hydrodermabrasion unique is that it combines two types of exfoliation in one gentle, yet highly-effective format. Professional hydrodermabrasion machines work using a hydro wand tool with an abrasive tip for providing manual surface exfoliation, while also infusing the skin with acid-based serums, and delivering chemical exfoliation deep within the skin.
What Are the Benefits of Hydrodermabrasion?
Utilizing this type of advanced exfoliation in the treatment room, estheticians are able to achieve amazing results for their clients and are finding that hydrodermabrasion has many benefits including:
- Deep cleansing for congested skin, or skin that’s prone to blackheads and breakouts
- Stimulation of collagen, for promoting skin elasticity and firmness in aging skin
- Ability to gently exfoliate sensitive skin without causing irritation or reactivity
- Increased blood flow and circulation to create an instant glow factor
- Intense hydration and nourishing benefits for dry, dehydrated, or depleted skin
- Helps resurface and smooth the skin for minimizing the appearance of acne scarring, uneven skin texture, fine lines, and deep-set wrinkles
Additionally, because the hydrodermabrasion machines are very customizable in terms of adjusting the level of exfoliation and creating curated serum cocktails for infusion, hydro incorporates seamlessly into nearly any facial protocol and can be used to address multiple concerns simultaneously.
Hydrodermabrasion vs. Microdermabrasion
Prior to the introduction of hydrodermabrasion as a modality, the precursor most practitioners and consumers will be familiar with is microdermabrasion. And while there are some similarities between these two methods, it’s worth noting that hydrodermabrasion has a few more advantages.
While microdermabrasion is able to accomplish the removal of dead surface skin cells using an abrasive wand and suction technology, it is limited to performing manual exfoliation only, and therefore isn’t always the best option for clients with sensitive skin or certain conditions.
Further, many microdermabrasion machines tend to require more cleanup and have more interchangeable parts – such as filters and wand tips – that need to be replaced and repurchased on a regular basis.
What hydrodermabrasion offers as an alternative is a more multifaceted approach to exfoliation, which can be tailored to treat a wider variety of skin types and conditions.
The hydrodermabrasion treatment is not known to produce as many temporary side effects on the skin, such as redness, inflammation, or increased sensitivity.
Hydrodermabrasion machines are also very user-friendly and need less day-to-day maintenance, meaning professionals can quickly pay off any investment in equipment and pass their savings onto clients.