Comparing the Two Types of Microdermabrasion: Crystal vs. Diamond

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Microdermabrasion has become a popular non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment in recent years. It aims to exfoliate the outer layer of skin, revealing a fresh, youthful complexion. There are two main types of microdermabrasion techniques: crystal and diamond. In this blog, we will explore the differences between these two methods to help you make an informed decision about which one may be right for you.

Crystal Microdermabrasion:

Crystal microdermabrasion involves the use of a handheld device that emits aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate crystals onto the skin’s surface. These crystals exfoliate the outermost layer of the epidermis and are then vacuumed away along with dead skin cells. This process stimulates collagen production, enhances blood circulation, and improves skin texture and tone.


  • Effective exfoliation: Crystal microdermabrasion is known for its ability to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and address uneven skin tone and texture.
  • Adjustable intensity: The intensity of the crystal stream can be adjusted according to individual skin sensitivity and concerns.
  • Affordable: Crystal microdermabrasion tends to be more affordable compared to diamond microdermabrasion.


  • Messy: The crystals used in this method can create a messy environment during the treatment.
  • Potential skin irritation: Some individuals with sensitive skin may experience redness or irritation after crystal microdermabrasion.
  • Not suitable for all skin types: Crystal microdermabrasion may not be suitable for individuals with certain skin conditions, such as rosacea or active acne.

Diamond Microdermabrasion:

Diamond microdermabrasion employs a handheld device with a diamond-encrusted tip that gently exfoliates the skin’s surface. The diamond tip abrades away dead skin cells, while a vacuum system removes them, revealing smoother, more radiant skin. This method is often preferred for its precision and versatility.


  • Precision and control: The diamond tip allows for precise targeting of specific areas and is suitable for delicate areas such as around the eyes and mouth.
  • Reduced risk of skin irritation: Diamond microdermabrasion is generally gentler on the skin, making it suitable for sensitive skin types.
  • Versatility: The diamond tip can be adjusted to varying levels of coarseness, making it adaptable to different skin concerns and areas of the face.


  • Higher cost: Diamond microdermabrasion tends to be more expensive than crystal microdermabrasion, primarily due to the cost of the diamond-tipped device.
  • May require multiple sessions: Depending on individual skin concerns, multiple sessions of diamond microdermabrasion may be necessary to achieve desired results.
  • Not suitable for deeper skin concerns: While effective for exfoliation, diamond microdermabrasion may not be as effective as other treatments for deep-seated skin concerns like acne scars or deep wrinkles.

In Conclusion:

Both crystal and diamond microdermabrasion offer effective exfoliation and skin rejuvenation benefits. Crystal microdermabrasion is generally more affordable and suitable for those without sensitive skin or specific skin conditions. On the other hand, diamond microdermabrasion provides greater precision, is gentler on the skin, and is more versatile in addressing various skin concerns. Ultimately, the choice between the two methods depends on individual skin type, concerns, and budget. Consultation with a skincare professional can help determine which type of microdermabrasion is best suited to your specific needs, helping you achieve the radiant, revitalized skin you desire.

Lee A. Kleiman a doctor at Anne Arundel ENT

Dr. Lee A. Kleiman is a double board certified ENT & plastic surgeon at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, Maryland known for his superior clinical outcomes in all Surgical and Non-Surgical ENT, specializing in Sinus Care, Voice and Swallowing, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, and Facelifts and Non-surgical Aesthetic. He also continues to attend conferences internationally and nationally to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technology.