Introduction: The natural process of skin cell shedding can slow down with age, resulting in dull and lifeless skin. Cosmetic exfoliation treatments offer effective solutions to remove dead skin cells and reveal a smoother, more radiant complexion. In this blog, we’ll explore the differences between two popular skin resurfacing treatments: chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
Chemical Peel vs. Microdermabrasion: Both chemical peels and microdermabrasion are performed by estheticians to rejuvenate the skin. They are suitable for various areas of the body, including the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and more. These treatments not only improve skin texture but also enhance the absorption of skincare products.
What is a Chemical Peel? A chemical peel involves the use of exfoliating solutions containing acids like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or trichloroacetic acid (TCA). It effectively removes the outer layer of the skin, including dead skin cells, to reveal fresher, rejuvenated skin. Chemical peels can address a range of skin concerns, including acne scars, wrinkles, pigmentation, sun damage, age spots, and melasma.
There are two primary types of chemical peels:
- Light/Microchemical Peel: This peel targets the superficial skin layer using glycolic or salicylic acid. Light chemical peels are available over the counter, but our prescription-strength solutions offer higher concentrations. They are effective for mild pigmentation, acne scars, and fine lines. Redness and skin flaking may occur, but these symptoms subside within three to four days.
- TCA Peel: This treatment utilizes trichloroacetic 30% acid, which penetrates deeper into the skin’s outer layer. It is suitable for addressing age spots and sun-damaged areas, including the hands and upper and lower arms. Some discomfort may occur during application, followed by peeling of age spots after about 10 days.
The results of chemical peels vary based on the type of peel and the specific skin concern. Multiple treatments may be needed, and maintenance treatments every three months are recommended.
What is Microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that uses a minimally abrasive tool to resurface the skin and remove dead skin cells. This treatment is suitable for the face, neck, chest, back, arms, and hands, and it can address various skin issues, including dullness, uneven skin tone, age spots, blackheads, whiteheads, large pores, and fine lines.
During a microdermabrasion procedure, a handheld device gently exfoliates the skin’s surface, providing a sanding sensation. Our office uses the DiamondTome Microdermabrasion wand with natural diamond chips, offering immediate results. There is no downtime with microdermabrasion, and your skin will feel softer immediately after the procedure. Redness may occur but typically resolves on its own.
Multiple treatments may be required to achieve your desired results, and maintenance treatments every four to eight weeks can help maintain the benefits of microdermabrasion.
Choosing the Right Procedure: The choice between a chemical peel and microdermabrasion depends on your specific skin concerns and desired results. Your dermatologist will recommend the most suitable treatment for your needs. In some cases, a combination of both procedures may be recommended.
Before your treatment, you may receive instructions to prepare your skin properly. For example, if you use acne treatments, you may need to discontinue them for up to two weeks before a chemical peel. Products with retinol or retinoids should also be stopped before either exfoliation method.
It’s important to note that chemical peels and microdermabrasion are not suitable for individuals with skin cancer, eczema, dermatitis, or cold sores. Your dermatologist will conduct a consultation to determine your eligibility for the treatment.
Conclusion: If you desire smoother, more radiant skin, consider scheduling a consultation with one of our experienced dermatologists or estheticians. A chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment can help you achieve your skincare goals. Contact beauty ninjas to book an appointment and start your journey towards healthier, rejuvenated skin.