What is Hydrodermabrasion and is it right for me?


Hydrodermabrasion is a popular treatment often recommended by many treatment professionals. Image supplied.

Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. For most people, spending just a few minutes a day on a routine that uses a small variety of high quality, effective products can make a big difference. However, as skincare continues to become an increasingly important aspect of our lives, so too does the sheer volume of products and treatments available for consumers to choose from. Scrolling through social media, we are tempted by a seemingly never-ending array of skincare products and procedures guaranteeing to be the answer to our skincare woes!

This huge influx of new skincare brands, ever-increasing products and treatments, can seem highly overwhelming and daunting to the average consumer. Most of us are unaware of what our skin actually needs at any given time and if our skincare questions go unanswered, it can be very easy to take a wrong turn and end up unintentionally damaging our skin and doing more harm than good.

Unless you really know your particular skin type, it’s still best to start off by having your skin looked at by a professional, whether it be a dermatologist, an aesthetician or a dermal therapist. A professional can assess and diagnose common skin concerns using specific diagnostic tools to closely examine the skin and by discussing your skin history. They can then discuss and recommend professional skincare products as well as specific treatments, depending on your unique needs and skin goals you to hope to work towards.

The super facial that can do it all

Does your skin dry easily, rarely or never? Are you trying to prevent premature aging or treat a skin problem, such as acne or rosacea, or concerned with sundamage, dark spots or fine lines? Are you oily and acne prone with large or congested pores? Well, hydrodermabrasion is a multifaceted treatment that can do it all, and as such is a highly sought-after and popular treatment, often recommended by many treatment professionals.

Facials can feel super luxuriant but are also a great way to indulge after a long, stressful work- week. Hydrodermabrasion facials specifically can also give your skin a much-needed boost of what it needs most at any given time. Once you lie down, you can instantly relax and switch off – or if you are anything like me – perhaps even indulge in the fantasy that you are a celebrity being prepped for an uber exclusive red-carpet event! A reason Hydrodermabrasion is so popular, is that unlike other types of facials that can be too harsh for those with sensitive skin – hydrodermabrasion, is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types and can deeply exfoliate, hydrate and treat the skin – without leaving  it red or with any unwanted after-effects.  Read on to learn more about hydrodermabrasion and why it’s so beneficial for your skin!

So what is Hydrodermabrasion? 

Ok, so let’s get the lowdown and talk about Hydrodermabrasion. A popular skin treatment utilising the latest innovation in skincare technology, Hydrodermabrasion is an aqua skin resurfacing treatment that integrates vacuum extraction, exfoliation, hydration and iontophoresis (serum infusion). Known for giving a post-treatment glow like no other, Hydrodermabrasion is great for people wanting a treatment with no downtime and fast, visible results.

What can it treat?

Known for a three-step process, Hydrodermabrasion machines work to deep-clean, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin. This professional procedure can help treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne, dry or dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles, texture and discoloration, depending on the solution used during the treatment. Your provider will assess your skin and chose a cocktail of ingredients, designed specifically for your skin type and/or condition you wish to treat.

What can I expect during treatment?

Utilizing a diamond-tip wand, the skin is gently but thoroughly resurfaced, breaking up the outer layer of dead skin cells, combining deep cleansing and exfoliation. The skin is cleared of the lop layer of dirt, sloughing off the build-up of dead skin cells, oil, and debris sitting on the top layer of your skin. At the same time, a dermal solution of hydrating and treatment-specific products is being infused deep into the skin to reveal a smoother, brighter and overall more even texture. The treatment can increase circulation and helps stimulate lymphatic flow to assist in delivering fresh nutrients to your skin cells.


Hydrodermabrasion machines work to deep-clean, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin.

How does it differ from traditional microdermabrasion?

Unlike microdermabrasion procedures, a hydrodermabrasion machine uses a diamond-tip wand with an abrasive disc instead of spraying tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin. These tiny crystals would sometimes remain on the skin if not vacuumed off properly, and could sometimes cause damage to the skin. Thanks to the additional process of infusing the skin with ultra hydrating solutions, the technique is far less likely to cause irritation to the skin or damage the epidermis, making it suitable for all skin types.

What are the benefits?

– Both effective and gentle, treatments thoroughly cleanses and exfoliates the top layer of skin while simultaneously infusing the skin with hydrating and nourishing ingredients.

– Works to remove old, dead skin cells while increasing circulation and promoting collagen production.

– Infuses a combination of active serums to treat specific skin concerns such as acne, redness, sun damage, dryness and hyperpigmentation as well as improving overall skin tone and texture.

– Reduces inflammation and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.

– Can help with congested skin and clogged pores

– Increased skin hydration levels, resulting in beautiful, rejuvenated and fresh glowing skin.

I have sensitive skin – is this suitable for me? 

Anyone with sensitive or easily reactive skin will be happy to know that this type of procedure won’t be too harsh for them. Hydrodermabrasion has interchangeable discs so the intensity level will depend on the client’s skin type – evaluated beforehand by your treatment therapist.

How much does it cost?  

The price will depend on the clinic you choose but you’re looking at prices varying around $100 per stand-alone treatment, depending on where you live (cities are probably more expensive). Often, Hydrodermabrasion treatments can be part of a customized facial incorporating other treatment steps like LED therapy, so this can affect the total price also.

Will I experience any downtime?

Treatments can take less than an hour depending on how it’s customized and no downtime is required post treatment – other than baby smooth glowing skin that is! Treatments are accumulative so even though your skin will benefit from a single treatment, often your provider will recommend a treatment protocol of several sessions to ensure the best possible outcome for your skin.

Unlike with harsher procedures like chemical peels, you can resume your normal activities right away. While you shouldn’t experience any redness or peeling after your session, it’s still best to avoid exfoliating products for the first couple of days post treatment. Hydro dermabrasion provides a serious “after glow effect” so is the perfect treatment to indulge in prior to an event or special occasion you may have coming up!

To learn more about Hydrodermabrasion or find a treatment provider in your local area, please contact The Global Beauty Group.

This story is brought to you in partnership with The Global Beauty Group.

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