What is Microdermabrasion?

Often confused with dermabrasion, microdermabrasion blasts tiny crystals on the face to exfoliate the skin.

The treatment partially removes the epidermal layer of the skin, to diminish fine lines, improve circulation and production of new skin cells to restore the layer.

What types of Microdermabrasion are available?

Crystal Microdermabrasion
The oldest form of the treatment, which uses a wand to spray crystals (aluminium oxide of sodium bicarbonate) on the face.

Diamond Microdermabrasion
A particle-free treatment using a wand with a tip made from natural or synthetic diamond to exfoliate the skin.

Using a similar method of diamond microabrasion, but attached to the wand are bristle-tipped heads which deliver nutrients to the open pores.

Is Microdermabrasion for you?

Skin conditions and problems with the skin healing may compromise your ability to have microdermabrasion. Other than that, the treatment is suitable to everyone.

Typical cost of Microdermabrasion

The procedure costs £50 – £100.

Risks & side effects

There are few risks with microdermabrasion as it’s simply a more powerful form of exfoliation but not to the extent of a normal dermabrasion. The side effects are commonly redness and tightness which will go a few hours after the procedure.

  • Redness
  • Blood spots
  • Pigment changes

Where to Go

As the treatment is non-invasive and involves no prescriptive medicines, it’s widely available in most clinics. The treatment can also be done at home with a personal microdermabrasion kit.

Sk:n, various locations


The Harley Medical Group, various locations


Aurora Advanced Skin Clinic, Northampton & Buckinghamshire


Other Useful links

For information on where to find your nearest clinic & the price of treatments.


Read what the NHS has to say to help you make your decision.


Have a look at what other people think of the procedure, with before and after photos and details about their experience.