When clients call to ask for a facial recommendation, we always ask what skin issues they’re struggling with. A frequent answer is that their skin is dull and dry, but also congested. Our Therapists often recommend our Microdermabrasion Facial, as it helps remove dead skin allowing pores to breathe, which aids to reduce acne, and even the appearance of hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.

The Retreat offered Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion, which differs from the more traditional Crystal Microdermabrasion. With October VIP Offer being 3-for-2 Microdermabrasion, we thought it might be helpful to offer our Clients a bit more info on this treatment, including how it differs from other types of dermabrasion.

Before we begin, it’s important to know the two basic types of exfoliation, which is refining or removing the surface layer of skin. Chemical exfoliation uses ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acid, while physical exfoliation uses rough materials to slough off dead skin. Microdermabrasion falls into the physical exfoliation category.

What is dermabrasion?

Dermabrasion began as a painful medical treatment for improving the appearance of scarred skin. Physicians used a wire brush that grounded off damaged layers of skin. It left scars and scabs, and once skin healed it was sometimes lighter than before, meaning dermabrasion was not suitable for those with darker skin types.
Through research and development, new equipment allowed for Microdermabrasion, which could be safely used by skincare professionals in a spa setting.

Microdermabrasion treatment.


Microdermabrasion physically removes the top layer of skin, but does not go past the living layers of skin, so bleeding and scarring should not occur.
Today’s Microdermabrasion machines come in the form of a wand – or hand piece – that emits rough particles and then suctions those particles through a vacuum device so they are not inhaled. The wand is moved over the face in a way best suited for the Client’s skin.

Common types of Microdermabrasion

The tip of the Microdermabrasion wand can be made of various abrasive materials, including crystals, diamond or particle-free, or brush bristles. A newer type of Microdermabrasion is infusion or wet Microdermabrasion.

Infusion Microdermabrasion applies liquid ingredients to skin during the Microdermabrasion process. Skin is extra penetrable immediately following exfoliation, so it’s the perfect time to apply vitamins and antioxidants. It’s a newer type of microdermabrasion, so there’s still more research needed and progress to be made.

The various tip materials all have pros and cons.
At The Retreat we use diamond-tip microdermabrasion because we feel it delivers the best, safest results. The hardness of diamonds reduces the risk of dangerous particles that could be inhaled or even stay lodged in skin, which is a risk of crystal microdermabrasion.

A season change, like summer to fall, is an ideal point of the year for skin renewal. Whether you’re already a lover of microdermabrasion or you’d like to be introduced to its benefits, October is the perfect time to try the treatment. Check out our October offer here!


Physiology of the Skin, Third Edition, by Zoe Draelos, MD, and Peter T. Pugliese, MD
Mechanical Exfoliation Vs. Microneedling, Skin Inc. (2013)
Choose Your Exfoliation Tool, Skin Inc. (2016)
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