Which is better Hydro Dermabrasion or Microdermabrasion

Woman deciding on dermabrasion vs microdermabrasion

Here we have a tale of two facials…which is better hydro dermabrasion or microdermabrasion.

Let's face it, we all have something that we would like to change or improve on the skin on our face as it is the most visible part of all of our bodies. Whether your issue is with fine lines, blackheads, or even just sun damaged skin, we tend to try as many different solutions as possible to improve our skin care.

I myself am no different, and I have tried and experimented with as many different types of skin treatment as you can think of. Below is my story of discovering at-home hydro dermabrasion treatments and how they quickly became my go-to at home procedure for glowing skin.

But first let's take a look at what hydro dermabrasion vs microdermabrasion really are, and how they stack up against each other.


Hydro dermabrasion vs Microdermabrasion

Are you torn between which is better hydro dermabrasion or microdermabrasion for your skincare routine? In this blog post, we'll delve into the differences and benefits of each treatment. Let's navigate the world of exfoliation to help you decide which method suits your skin best.

Microdermabrasion and Hydro dermabrasion are becoming two of the most popular non-invasive treatments both at spa and at home for various reasons. Both procedures are great at exfoliating and at cleaning pores with minimum redness and healing time even for sensitive skin. So which procedure will benefit you the most while keeping in mind your skin type and your skin concerns? 

Let's start with microdermabrasion. It is a quick, painless procedure that uses a diamond tip head made of fine crystals and vacuum suction to remove dead skin cells and clean your pores. This procedure is performed on dry skin by "sanding down" the top layer of your skin and thus stimulating collagen production. I was sold on the idea of revealing a beautiful and glowing skin tone even after one treatment. This was my very first home device that I ever purchased!

Before we jump into what my story with microdermabrasion was like, let's do a quick summary of the pros and cons of the treatment:



  1. Microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, and uneven skin tone.

  2. The procedure is non-invasive and does not require much downtime.

  3. Microdermabrasion can be performed on a variety of skin types and tones.

  4. The procedure can be done quickly, making it a convenient option for busy individuals.

  5. The results of microdermabrasion are typically immediately visible with improved skin texture.


    1. Microdermabrasion may not be effective for deeper wrinkles or scars.

    2. The procedure can be painful for some people.

    3. The effects of microdermabrasion are temporary and multiple treatments may be needed to maintain the desired results.

    4. Microdermabrasion can cause redness and swelling of the skin, which may take several hours to several days to resolve.

    5. The procedure can be expensive, and may not be covered by insurance.


      After doing some research and watching a bunch of YouTube videos, I decided to get a popular brand microdermabrasion device. It was about $300 back then, so I had to convince my husband that it will not be sitting on our shelf collecting dust. I don't think he believed me, but I got it anyway. I was using it once in 1-2 weeks and saw an improvement with every single treatment. I would take a hot shower to help open up my pores if I was planning on removing blackheads. This device did a great job with that.


      Effect on Dead Skin Cells

      The diamond tip would scrape the dead cells making my skin smoother and softer while lightening up my dark spots. The only downside that I noticed is that it made my skin a little bit more sensitive. I think I was just overdoing it in certain areas by scraping too much. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing it while you are doing it and it became a problem for me during wintertime when my skin was dryer than usual. This is when I first heard about hydro dermabrasion. 

      Hydro dermabrasion uses a silicone tip with vacuum water suction. It's similar to microdermabrasion but it's the power of water and a gentle silicone tip that pulls dirt, oil and dead skin cells out.

      Skin Health

      Let's face it, beauty isn't the sole reason why we would use a microdermabrasion treatment, most of us care equally about any skin concerns we may have with regards to its health.

      The great news is hydro dermabrasion treatment not only makes you appear more youthful with a powerful anti-aging effect that has a huge effect on any fine lines you may have, but it equally benefits your overall skin health by alleviating any skin conditions you may be dealing with.

      The reason is that the gentler hydro dermabrasion procedure gently lifts away the top layer of the skin that holds all the dead cells. This creates a deep cleansing effect much like you would get from any of the chemical peels offered in the market but without the prolonged redness that comes along with those.

       How to prepare for Hydro dermabrasion treatment

      1. Wash your face and neck to remove oil, makeup, and skincare products.

      2. Detach the water container by pulling it down and to one side (vs. pulling it straight down).
      3. Fill the clean water side (the side with the tube) with clean water or our Lucky Skin Hydrating Blend.
      4. Reconnect the container.


      Impressions with sensitive skin

      When I completed my treatment with my Lucky Skin Hydro, I was blown away with the results! The treatment is way more comfortable even in winter without irritating my skin. The fact that I could see all the junk coming out of my skin in the wastewater container was so rewarding! I feel like I can get more consistent treatments done without overdoing it which is why now I primarily just do hydro dermabrasion at home as my treatment of choice. Take a look at exactly what it looks like when I use it:

       Benefits of a hydro dermabrasion treatment:

      1. A hydro dermabrasion suction is gentler on the skin: The power of water helps to gently exfoliate the skin, making it less abrasive than microdermabrasion. This can be especially beneficial for people with sensitive skin or those who are more prone to irritation.

      2. Hydro dermabrasion treatments can be less painful: Some people find hydro dermabrasion to be less painful than microdermabrasion, as the water helps to reduce friction and discomfort.

      3. Hydro dermabrasion suction can be more effective: The addition of water in hydro dermabrasion can help to soften and loosen dead skin cells, making it easier to exfoliate the skin and potentially resulting in more effective treatment.

      4. Hydro dermabrasion can be more hydrating: The use of water or solution, like Lucky Skin Hydrating Blend in hydro dermabrasion can help to hydrate the skin, which can be especially beneficial for people with dry or dehydrated skin.

      Deciding which is better hydro dermabrasion or microdermabrasion can be a tough choice. After personally experiencing both treatments, I found hydro dermabrasion to be the ultimate winner for my skin. The gentle exfoliation and hydration provided by hydro dermabrasion left my skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Ultimately, it's essential to consider your skin type and desired outcomes when deciding which treatment is best for you.