Microdermabrasion vs. Chemical Peels

Microdermabrasion is a deep, medical-grade physical exfoliation that vacuums away dead skin cells from the epidermis, which then helps promote the growth of new and healthy skin cells. It also:

  • improves skin tone and texture;
  • helps reduce superficial scars;
  • minimizes blotchy skin;
  • and fights off unwanted signs of aging.

Microdermabrasion is safe and effective for most skin types and tones. This treatment is non-invasive, pain-free and requires zero downtime.

Clients report that their skin glows and looks younger only after one treatment! Long-term results are much more likely when microdermabrasion treatments are completed in a series.

What is a chemical peel?


Chemical Peels, like microdermabrasion, are used to treat:

  • fine lines and wrinkles;
  • discoloration caused by sun damage;
  • reduce the appearance of superficial scars;
  • clear up breakouts;
  • and improve the overall look and feel of the skin.

The biggest difference between the two treatments is how the dead skin cells are removed from the skin. A chemical peel is a form of chemical exfoliation that uses a chemical solution to dissolve the connection that holds dead skin cells together on the epidermis. The dead skin cells then shed or flake off, revealing smoother and healthier skin underneath. Even though clients report that their skin looks noticeably brighter, more even and smoother after only one treatment, a series of treatments is recommended for long-term results.

At SkinSpirit, we offer two different types of chemical peels: peeling treatments and resurfacing treatments.

Resurfacing treatments mildly stimulate the production of new, healthy skin with little or no downtime. These treatments can range anywhere from light to gentle in strength, making them a great option for a first-time peeler or sensitive skin types who want to treat aging, oily or hyper-pigmented skin. With a resurfacing treatment, clients may experience minimal flaking to none at all.

Peeling treatments penetrate the skin deeper, treating skin conditions more aggressively than a resurfacing treatment. These treatments are designed to exfoliate thick, oily and acne-prone skin along with treating stubborn hyperpigmentation, visible sun damage and collagen depletion. With peeling treatments, clients can expect some downtime with mild to moderate shedding of the skin.

Learn more about microdermabrasion vs chemical peels at a SkinSpirit near you

To determine which treatment is best for your own skin type and condition - microdermabrasion vs chemical peels - we recommend scheduling a complimentary consultation with one of our aesthetic experts. To schedule an appointment, please call us at (855) 383-7546 request an appointment at any of our locations:

Northern California: Burlingame, Los Gatos, Mill Valley, Noe Valley (SF), Oakland, Palo Alto, Presidio Heights (SF), Walnut Creek
Washington: University Village, Redmond or Bellevue Square

At SkinSpirit, consultations are always complimentary!


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