You’ve heard the terms and you know they’re both pricey spa treatments, but how much do you really know about microdermabrasion and dermaplaning? Some people believe all facial treatments are created equally, but these two are actually quite different. While both are meant to rejuvenate your skin and remove dead skin cells, how they do so and the benefits of each aren’t the same.


This procedure exfoliates your face by using fine crystals or a diamond tip to scrape away the surface layer of dead skin. The process makes minor abrasions on the skin, as the device used is dragged across the epidermis to vacuum away debris. Microdermabrasion may be too harsh for those with sensitive skin.  Since the procedure uses a suction to pick up dead skin cells, the suction can cause inflammation–the #1 extrinsic cause of aging. As a result, skin may become irritated, turn red, or peel for days after receiving a treatment. The procedure can help those with fine lines, mild discoloration and clogged pores, but the wear on your skin might not be worth it. 


Dermaplaning exfoliates the epidermis by using a surgical blade to remove the top layer of dead skin cells and built up debris.  The procedure reveals a smooth surface and healthy glow. In addition to reviving the skin, dermaplaning removes vellus hair (better known as peach fuzz) from the face. The removal of dead skin cells and facial hair creates the perfect canvas for skin care and makeup. Dermaplaning can be done on any skin type, including those with sensitive skin. Unlike microdermabrasion, which causes pulling, pressure and inflammation on the skin, dermaplaning is a gentler procedure. Exfoliation helps our skins natural regeneration process and is an important addition to any anti-aging beauty routine. Dermaplaning helps to refine fine lines, wrinkles, mild acne scars, dry skin and more.