Skin Needling vs. Microdermabrasion

If you’re looking at facial skin treatments, you may be tossing up between skin needling and microdermabrasion. Keep reading to learn the difference between the top popular skin treatments and what each one can do.

You’ve probably heard of skin needling and microdermabrasion, but what exactly are they and what’s the difference? Both treatments help treat the skin on the face, with rejuvenating, but different, methods.

If you’re looking to book an appointment for skin needling or microdermabrasion, read this article first to have a better idea of which one suits your skin type and treatment goals best.

Typically, skin clinics will offer an initial, free consultation, which is great to ask any questions you have and determine which treatment is best for you. Keep reading to discover the difference between skin needling and microdermabrasion.

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What is skin needling?

Skin needling — also known as micro needling or derma rolling — is a treatment using microneedles on a roller or pen to create tiny punctures on the skin, which promotes collagen and elastin production. By making micro-punctures on the skin’s surface, the skin is triggered to heal the ‘wound’, which helps renew the skin’s surface.

What can skin needling help with?

  • Acne scarring
  • Stretch marks
  • Pore size
  • Fine lines
  • Hyperpigmentation

*The above information is from Australian Skin Clinics.

What are the benefits of micro-needling?

Australian Skin Clinics claims micro-needling can help reduce imperfections, increase communication between skin cells and transport active ingredients into your skin.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a procedure used to help renew the skin’s surface by using a small vacuum to gently exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin, dirt and debris. This treatment helps clear congestion, while encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

What can microdermabrasion help with?

  • Dry skin
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Dullness
  • Acne 
  • Breakouts
  • Blackheads

*The above information is from Australian Skin Clinics.

What are the benefits of microdermabrasion?

Australian Skin Clinic claims microdermabrasion can help:

  • Cleanse your skin
  • Reduce breakouts
  • Even out your skin tone
  • Brighten your complexion
  • Rejuvenate the skin
  • Stimulate collagen production
  • Improve lymphatic drainage

What’s the difference between microdermabrasion vs. skin needling?

While microdermabrasion and skin needling both target similar problem areas, they use different treatment methods to achieve their goals. Skin needling stimulates the skin by creating small wounds, while microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin. 

Either treatment is typically used on the face, but it can be used on the neck and upper chest as well. Both treatments usually take about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the area being treated.

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