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Facials Vs. Microdermabrasion: What’s the Difference and What Works?

Messages about beauty come at us from all sides: TV, magazines, movies, and friends all boast about “restorative benefits” or “glowing effects” of skincare treatments and products, making it difficult to discern what is worth our time and money.

We are here to demystify beauty treatments and help you decide what skincare services to indulge in. Two of the most talked about spa treatments are facials and microdermabrasion. To most of us, these two services may seem interchangeable, and they do have many similarities. Both treatments aim to give your skin a youthful glow. Both treatments are done by licensed aestheticians who are trained to help you solve your skincare problems. Both treatments have a place in a well-rounded skincare routine.

So how does one decide whether to get a facial or microdermabrasion? Read this side-by-side comparison to learn about each treatment and which one is best for your skin’s needs.

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Every 4 weeks, depending on skin type


A licensed aesthetician examines your skin, often under a magnifier, to determine the products and strategies that will work best. A combination of massage, cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, masks, and moisturization work together to meet the skin’s needs and address concerns.

Main Benefits

A facial is highly customizable, so you can address a variety of skincare concerns at once. Together, you and the aesthetician can determine your skin concerns and the best way to address them over time. Facials are a great way to pamper yourself, but they are most effective when you get them regularly.

Facials have many benefits, depending on what you and the aesthetician are going for. A facial can deeply exfoliate, moisturize, cleanse, clean out pores, boost collagen, improve drainage, and so much more. Facials introduce your skin to quality skincare products that can have a long term effect on your skin, and the deep cleansing and exfoliation makes it easier for these products to penetrate the skin.



Every 1-2 months


A licensed aesthetician sprays tiny crystals onto the face to remove the outer layer of dead skin and refresh the face. In some treatments, the aesthetician also uses suction to fully remove the crystals, dead skin, and any material clogging the pores.

Main Benefits

This deep exfoliation technique leaves skin feeling smooth and bright. As a regular part of your skincare routine, microdermabrasion can reduce hyperpigmentation, making your skin more even in both tone and texture. Microdermabrasion does not help with severe dark spots, deep wrinkles, or scarring.

So, What Works?

The short answer? Both facials and microdermabrasion “work,” but on different skin concerns. The best way to choose which treatment will work for you is to determine what your issue or concern is, then talk to a skincare professional. A licensed aesthetician can talk with you, look at your skin, and create a custom skincare routine for you to follow to maximize results.

At Marilyn Monroe Spas, our skincare experts are all licensed aestheticians who can help you determine what treatments work best for you. Set up a consultation at one of our locations, and get started on that glow!