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What Is the Difference Between Peels and Microdermabrasion?

Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are popular cosmetic treatments for professional exfoliation. Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells from the epidermis, your skin’s surface layer. Including regular exfoliation in your skincare routine helps keep your skin clear and healthy. The biggest difference between both methods is that a chemical peel is a chemical exfoliation while microdermabrasion is a physical or manual exfoliation.

Exfoliation benefits include:

  • Tightened skin
  • Reduction of fine lines and acne scars
  • Even skin tone

Working with your skincare provider will give you a detailed understanding of your skin type and concerns so they can choose which exfoliation method best suits you.

What Is a Chemical Peel?

For a chemical peel, your esthetician applies a safe chemical solution to resurface your skin with the removal and shedding of dead skin cells. The treatment brings to the surface smoother and healthier skin for a brighter appearance.

Chemical peels can help with:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Sun spots
  • Some scars
  • Breakouts

You can see visible results within a few days after the first treatment, but your provider will usually recommend a few additional sessions for improved long-term results. Your dermatologist will likely prescribe a preparatory regimen for the weeks leading up to your chemical peel. After a session, they can provide you with soothing skin products to reduce any temporary discomfort.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a medical-grade mechanical exfoliation procedure that sprays tiny crystals onto the skin’s top layer. Your body reacts to it as if it was a minor injury, which stimulates the skin’s healing process. This cosmetic solution is minimally invasive and causes little to no discomfort. Microdermabrasion boosts the body’s production of new skin cells, elastin, and collagen for a refreshed appearance.

Microdermabrasion can treat:

  • Uneven skin texture
  • Superficial scars and hyperpigmentation
  • Wrinkles and other signs of aging

Microdermabrasion doesn’t require skin preparation before your appointment. A session usually takes 30 to 45 minutes for your face. Your dermatologist ends the treatment by applying a moisturizer to the targeted area. You can return to your daily activities right away. Although you will notice results after a single treatment, multiple sessions yield better results in the long term.

Which One Should I Get?

Talking with your skincare provider is the best way to determine which option is appropriate for your skin type and cosmetic needs. Both solutions can work for most skin types and can help achieve a more youthful appearance.

Microdermabrasion is a gentle procedure but may still be stressful on your skin and cause inflammation in certain cases. Your dermatologist may recommend chemical peels if you have sensitive skin. Chemical peels also come in a wider range of options to target specific skin issues and care goals.

It is also possible to combine chemical peels and microdermabrasion for your customized treatment plan. However, you won’t receive both procedures during the same appointment to avoid irritation.

Contact Advanced Dermatology Center today or call us at (818) 284-4003 to schedule a consultation to get started on achieving radiant skin.