Chemical Peel vs Microdermabrasion

Which is better?

Many customers ask, “What is the difference between microdermabrasion and chemical peels?” As two of the most common procedures, both are very popular in skin care treatments.

While there are some similarities between the two, there are some important differences to be aware of when looking for the right treatment for your skin, such as cost, healing, and effectiveness.

Let’s look at these two treatments so that you can decide which option is right for you.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin care treatment that removes dead skin from the outer layer of your skin, working to improve fine lines, aging skin, and discoloration. Essentially it is a deep exfoliation through the use of a vacuum by a professional.

What Is A Chemical Peel?

Chemoexfoliation, popularly known as the chemical peel, is a method in which a chemical solution is applied to your face to improve the clinical appearance of your skin. This removes the damaged top layer of your skin and allows it to rejuvenate. A fresh top layer appears and your face looks youthful.

Like microdermabrasion, a chemical peel treats fine lines, wrinkles, breakouts, and other topical skin issues. What differs between the two is how the outer layer of the skin is removed to find the new skin underneath. While microdermabrasion gently removes the epidermis by suction, a chemical peel uses a chemical solution to dissolve the skin off.

A chemical peel works deeper than microdermabrasion, revealing newer skin underneath. Because of this, it does require a few days of peeling. We are now offering the brand new Clamentine Smart TCA Peel. Ask us about this new service today!

In short

It depends on what you expect from the treatment. If you need affordable and quick options, microdermabrasion is usually better. However, if you need something that lasts longer, you can consider chemical peels.

  Here are some key points of each treatment for you to evaluate:

If you’re looking for specific treatment due to certain issues, we’ve compared the two treatments for you to review.

For Acne
If you have active acne, chemical peels are a better choice because microdermabrasion can irritate it or even cause more issues. Chemical peels use salicylic acid to reduce further breakouts by exfoliating the dead skin cells. 

For Wrinkles
If you have light wrinkles, microdermabrasion or light chemical peels can help. For deeper wrinkles, a medium or deep chemical peel is the best option. 

For Sun damage
For rough skin caused by sun damage, microdermabrasion or a light chemical peel will work. If you have severe damage or are at risk of melasma, medium or deep chemical peels are better suited. 

As you can see, chemical peels will ultimately provide better, more targeted relief when it comes to specific issues. 

So Which Is Better -Chemical Peel Or Microdermabrasion?

It is important to remember that microdermabrasion may not suit sensitive skin. In case you have serious skin issues like deeper wrinkles, melasma, deep scars and dark spots, medium or deep chemical peels should be appropriate. Chemical peels work better in reducing the appearance of pit acne scars.

Wrapping Up

Chemical peeling and microdermabrasion are both equally effective in rejuvenating your skin. Both treatments will improve the skin’s appearance by reducing uneven tone, dark spots, wrinkles etc. But if your concern is more about growing ageing signs, then chemical peeling is better as it boosts your collagen production.

Acquaint yourself with the differences between these two procedures, and pick the right option suitable for your skin type.