A Look at Popular Microdermabrasion Techniques

Granted, there are numerous methods of improving skin quality by reducing fine line, acne spots and scarring. However, not all skin care and treatment techniques are as effective as microdermabrasion, which is essentially a skin care technique that uses rough grains or crystals to remove damaged upper layer of the skin.

Techniques Used in Microdermabrasion

Cosmetologists normally use microdermabrasion to treat skin conditions such as wrinkles, coarseness, scarring, pigmentation problems, and age spots.


Instead of using rough grains made from chemicals such as zinc and other oxides, the peeling technique utilizes the benefits of micro-crystals that are softer compared to other crystals used in regular microdermabrasion, but are just as effective in peeling away dead skin cells. Another benefit of microdermabrasion peels is that they are less painful than microdermabrasion procedures that utilize rough metal oxide crystals. During a microdermabrasion peeling session, a skin care expert uses a handheld sandjet machine to exfoliate and clean the skin surface. The machine shoots fine crystal particles onto the skin using a circular motion that creates enough friction to scrap dead skin off the top most skin layer. In order to achieve excellent results, one should use a microdermabrasion peels at least three times in a week.

Use of Corundum Crystal Machines

This is probably the most common microdermabrasion technique. In this technique, skincare experts use coarse crystals made from metal oxides such as aluminum oxide to abrade the upper most layer of the skin in order to get rid of dead skin cells. While the aforementioned coarse crystals generate enough friction to cleanse the skin, they do not contain any harmful chemical substances that can be absorbed into the skin. What’s more, corundum crystals contain antibacterial properties that treat/sooth the abraded skin as well as treat skin conditions such as acne.

Because of the abrasive nature of the coarse crystals used in this technique, corundum crystal machines may scar the skin if nonskilled professionals operate them. Therefore, it is important for one to ensure that they get microdermabrasion procedures from well-qualified professionals. At Evergreen Beauty College, we equip our students with skills on how to use various modern skin care techniques and operate beauty care equipment such as corundum crystal machines.

Noncrystal Based Microdermabrasion Techniques

Although metal oxide crystals and micro-crystals are the most common tools of microdermabrasion, some cosmetologists may use microdermabrasion procedures that utilize other abrading substances such as sandpaper while some microdermabrasion machines have diamond tipped surfaces that scrape dead skin from the top skin layer. In comparison to the other techniques discussed herein, this method of microdermabrasion is substantially more costly. Nevertheless, in most cases, diamond tipped machines are just as effective as crystal machines that use coarse metal oxide crystals.


Irrespective of which technique that you use, microdermabrasion is quite an effective skin treatment option that cleanses skin pores and heals various skin conditions. Microdermabrasion techniques also eliminate dead skin cells, thereby preventing the appearance of acne that often occurs due to clogged skin pores. You can learn more about skin care tips be enrolling in one of our beauty courses. Contact us today for more details regarding our beauty courses.


Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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Blair Hale
Blair Hale
11 years ago

This is the first time I have heard of crystal machines. I think it’s an effective way to take care of skin exfoliation. Thanks for the information anyway!

Alyssa Furnell
Alyssa Furnell
9 years ago

While microdermabrasion is deemed effective at removing the skin’s surface layer, it does very little to change its physiology. Done with other potent skin procedures like laser peeling or resurfacing however, it can bring about the dramatic results you desire.