Microdermabrasion vs. Chemical Peels

A lot of clients have been asking, “What’s the difference between microdermabrasion and chemical peels?”

Both treatments are considered to be a form of exfoliation. Exfoliation is the act of removing dead skin cells from the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. The easiest way to maintain healthy skin is by keeping it free and clear of dead skin cells. The difference between microdermabrasion and chemical peels is that they are two different types of exfoliation: microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliation and chemical peels are a chemical exfoliation.

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.

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: Resurfacing Treatments and Peeling 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.

To determine which treatment is best for your own skin type and condition, we recommend scheduling a complimentary consultation with one of our SkinSpirit Experts. To schedule an appointment, contact SkinSpirit to request an appointment at any one of our six locations:

Northern California: Palo Alto, Walnut Creek or Mill Valley
Washington: University Village, Redmond or Bellevue Square

At SkinSpirit, consultations are always complimentary!

 

Disclaimer: Information and content within this blog is provided for informational purposes only.  This blog is not intended to provide medical advice, and anything read here should not be construed as such.  Reading this blog or communicating with our staff does not create a physician-patient relationship.  If you have questions about any health issue, including something you may have read here, please consult a licensed, trained physician or health professional immediately.

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