The Salt Facial vs. Microdermabrasion: Which is Right for Me?

Posted on Aug 25,2023 By Dr. Y Anthony Nakamura

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Is your skin losing its luster and vitality? Salt Facials and microdermabrasion stand out as powerful skin rejuvenation treatments, and at Accent On You, we offer both. But how do you know which to choose? Both therapies have unique advantages, so it’s critical to know the differences to determine which one will meet your needs.

Let’s take a look at the two treatments so you can make the right decision for you.

What Is A Salt Facial?

The Salt Facial is a three-step procedure used to rejuvenate the skin. It combines natural sea salt, ultrasonic laser energy, and LED phototherapy. It starts with the application of pure sea salt to the skin. As it’s gently blasted across the face, it will remove any debris and dead skin cells and address acne and congested pores.

Next, ultrasonic energy increases blood circulation and nourishes the skin with nutrients, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants.

Lastly, LED phototherapy is used to rejuvenate skin cells, further improve circulation, and provide you with glowing radiant skin. It also targets acne-causing bacteria and increases collagen production.

The treatment can work to address issues like acne scarring, stretch marks, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture, uneven pigment, and sun damage.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a specialized procedure that removes excess sebum and contaminants from the environment from the skin. The process starts with a gentle cleansing and then a second cleanser with an exfoliating scrub. A light lactic acid is then applied to the skin and allowed to dry. From there, a diamond-tip microdermabrasion wand exfoliates the top layer of dead skin and removes excess sebum. Specific skincare products are then applied to the skin along with sunscreen.

The Differences Between Salt Facial and Microdermabrasion

There are a number of differences between a Salt Facial and microdermabrasion. While they may address similar skin issues, they are two very different skin treatments.

Exfoliation method

Salt Facial

The salt facial uses pure sea salt that is gently blasted over the skin to exfoliate it. The treatment helps address acne and congested skin by efficiently eliminating dead skin cells and surface debris and cleaning out clogged pores.


Microdermabrasion uses a diamond-tip wand to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin. It removes excess sebum and environmental contaminants and cleans out clogged pores.

Nourishment and Replenishment

Salt Facial

The Salt Facial uses ultrasonic energy to provide minerals and antioxidants to the face. The treatment also improves the efficacy of any skincare products you’re using.


Microdermabrasion does not include a unique phase for supplying the skin with extra nutrients or antioxidants.

Collagen Stimulation

Salt Facial

The Salt Facial uses LED Phototherapy to treat numerous skin issues and signs of aging while encouraging collagen production in the skin.


While microdermabrasion does not include LED phototherapy, the process does stimulate collagen production and improves and increases elastin in the skin.

Treatment Frequency

Salt Facial

How often you should have a Salt Facial varies depending on the skin’s needs and concerns, but it’s recommended to receive the treatment at least once a month.


How often you get microdermabrasion treatment depends on your skin, your goals,  and what your provider advises, but the typical recommendation is to get microdermabrasion every four to six weeks for three to six sessions.

Who is a Candidate for Salt Facial or Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion candidates are people over 18 years old who haven’t recently been exposed to the sun or who don’t have tanned skin. We also recommend avoiding the use of photosensitive cosmetics or prescriptions for two weeks before and two weeks following your microdermabrasion treatment.

Salt Facial candidates are any individuals with early signs of aging, acne scars, stretch marks, uneven tone or texture, or age spots.

Schedule a Consultation

Still unsure which one is right for you? Schedule a consultation at Accent For You today, and our med spa staff can help you determine the right skin treatments for you and your skin concerns. Call us at our Arlington, TX office at 817-417-7200 or use our online contact form. We can’t wait to help you achieve your aesthetic goals!

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Dr. Y. Anthony Nakamura is a recognized expert in plastic surgery and body contouring, providing excellent care while taking a personal approach with each and every patient.

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