Chemical peels vs. microdermabrasion what is the difference?
11 Feb 2017
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are effective skin treatments, but what sets the one apart from the other.
Chemical peels vs. microdermabrasion
Skin peels and microdermabrasion both exfoliate the skin on a deeper level and as a result, they improve the appearance of skin. Microdermabrasion works best for superficial skin imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles. Microdermabrasion is an excellent starting point and for younger skins. Chemical peels, however, can be adapted to suit the client’s needs. Chemical peels are effective for mature skins which have additional requirements and concerns. Peels treat deep wrinkles, pigmentation, and scars.
Which treatment do I need?
During microdermabrasion, fine crystals are sprayed onto the surface of the skin via a unique applicator. This procedure is to remove dead skin cells on the top layer of the skin and encourage skin cell turnover. The treatment leaves the skin with a radiant and ‘rosy glow’ but will not significantly change the appearance of the skin surface. This procedure does not specifically target wrinkles or skin discolouration.
Peels remove the damaged uppermost layers of skin. Peels target specific skin concerns, for example, scarring, pigmentation, and ageing. Chemical peels include both cosmetic and medical uses, and as such can be done by either a therapist or doctor depending on the type of skin peel. The procedure offers noticeable results.
Chemical peels are available in different strengths: mild, medium and deep. Deep chemical peels can be painful and will require the use of a topical anaesthetic. Chemical peels also often require a recovery period so don’t be shy to ask. Side effects of chemical peels include a burning sensation, visible redness, discolouration and even swelling of the skin
Microdermabrasion does not vary in strength with a mild tingling and warm sensation during the treatment. Recovery from this procedure is a few hours depending on skin sensitivity.
How Much Does it Cost?
Chemical peels are more expensive than microdermabrasion. It is always best to seek professional advice and find a peel that suits your budget.
– Microdermabrasion: 6 to 12 sessions
– Chemical peels: 3 to 6 sessions