Microdermabrasion is an exfoliation procedure that smooths fine lines and wrinkles, superficial scars, and reduces hyperpigmentation. The growing popularity of microdermabrasion is due to its ability to rejuvenate the skin without being invasive or requiring down-time.
Two types of microdermabrasion machines are popular today: one that abrades the skin by dispensing aluminum oxide crystals and one that uses a diamond tip. I’ve been asked recently why I prefer using crystals instead of diamond tip microdermabrasion, as many practioners have opted to use diamond tips over crystals in their practices. Although both methods are effective and my machine can support either, I prefer crystals. Here are several reasons why:
1. Crystals allow me to control the level of abrasion thus providing a more individualized treatment.
The diamond tip always provides a very intense abrasion and cannot be adjusted. I can adjust the flow of crystals to suit my clients’ needs. For example, when treating a person with more sensitive skin I can reduce the crystal flow. For someone who can withstand a more aggressive treatment, I can increase the level of abrasion by increasing the crystal flow.
2. Crystals are more hygenic than the diamond tip.
After abrading the client’s face, the crystals are sucked up into the machine and stored in a container for disposal. New crystals flow through the machine from a separate clean container so that fresh, unused crystals are always used. The diamond tip, however, is not disposable and must be cleaned thoroughly between each client.
Of course, the establishment owner has more of an incentive to prefer the diamond tip unit. Aluminum Oxide crystals are costly, an expense not incurred by the diamond tip owner. Still I find that the benefits of using crystals over the diamond tip are worth the added cost.