Dermabrasion & Microdermabrasion Facial

If you’re looking to create a smooth, even skin tone, a dermabrasion facial or microdermabrasion facial can help you achieve these goals. These techniques exfoliate the skin to remove texture and dead skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Experience the benefits of dermabrasion and microdermabrasion for a rejuvenated, glowing complexion.
Cecilia Berkley, Certified Holistic Coach & Practitioner

What is a Dermabrasion Facial vs. a Microdermabrasion Facial?

  • Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion both use professional instruments to even out skin tone—but the procedures are different in intensity and results.

    A dermabrasion facial begins like a regular facial, with cleansing, extraction, and calming moisturizing products. Once the face is clean, a professional esthetician applies numbing cream. 

    Next, they use a dermabrasion tool to “sand” the top layer of your skin. This treatment is designed to be a little more intense to improve the contours of the skin, so it can take some time to heal and see the results. 

    NOTE: A dermabrasion facial works best for clients with fair skin. Clients with darker skin tones may experience discoloration or scarring. Also, older clients may take longer to heal from a dermabrasion facial.

    A microdermabrasion facial is similar to a dermabrasion facial but less intense. Microdermabrasion uses a much finer tool to exfoliate the skin, so the healing process doesn’t require any downtime.

    It is also technically less effective than a full dermabrasion facial, but it still helps to even out skin tone. Clients of all skin tones and ages can receive microdermabrasion.

Aftercare & The Healing Process

After a dermabrasion facial or microdermabrasion facial, it’s important to keep your skin clean, hydrated, and healthy. Also, stay out of the sun! UV rays can damage sensitive skin post-facial. Dermabrasion requires a more involved aftercare routine because artificial layers of the skin have been removed. Clean your skin with a gentle cleanser several times a day, and apply ointment, retinoid cream, and fresh bandages if necessary. Your esthetician may also prescribe an antibiotic in case of infection. After microdermabrasion, avoid any harsh cleansers, toners, or exfoliants for a few days to allow your skin to heal and renew. You should not see any bleeding, scabbing, or surface skin injuries after this procedure.

Potential Risks of Dermabrasion & Microdermabrasion

Preparation & Potential Risks of Dermabrasion & Microdermabrasion

A dermabrasion facial poses a bit more risk because the treatment targets deeper layers of the skin and creates controlled wounds to the surface. Complications like infection, swelling, and sometimes scarring can occur. 

Because of the fine instruments used, microdermabrasion poses little risk. However, some patients may experience some redness or swelling after this procedure. 


Before your dermabrasion or microdermabrasion facial, take care of your skin with gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and SPF. 

Drink plenty of water to improve your blood flow and hydrate your skin. 

Avoid medications that can thin the blood like ibuprofen. 

You should also ask your esthetician beforehand if any of the medications you’re taking could interfere with these procedures.

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