Many people assume that chemical peels and microdermabrasion are the same skin care treatment. They are both thought of as resurfacing techniques that exfoliate your skin. Within less than an hour treatment both will have an effect on your wrinkles.
The way the procedures differ and the substances they use are very different though. Since they remove multiple layers of skin, using one too soon after the other can result in serious damage. A professional knows how long a client should wait. They also know which procedure will work best for each client’s specific needs. Treatments can be preformed – for an intense program can be preformed bi-weekly or for more maintenance programs monthly if suffice.
How Microdermabrasion Works
Microdermabrasion is the less invasive of the two procedures. It is actually considered a mechanical exfoliation instead of a chemical one. It, like a chemical peel, can be done with over the counter product however, these are usually less effective. For more reliable results you should go to a professional. Store bought microdermabrasion kits have little effect on your skin compared to salon therapies.
To do a microdermabrasion, the therapist will take a special tool shaped like a wand with a suction, and work the wand in a criss-cross pattern over your skin. The wand has a diamond tip to it. It shoots sterile aluminum oxide out at high velocity so that it tears through your skin. These microscopic crystals are then vacuumed up with the same wand along with dead and damaged skin cells.
How Chemical Peels Work
The biggest difference between a chemical peel and a microdermabrasion is less stimulation on the skin. The second largest difference is that its potency is variable. You can choose a mild peel or an extreme one to fit your exact skin repair needs.
The fruit acid or professional peel you choose is applied to your face and left alone to do its work. The substances digest the superficial deer skin layers. This leaves your skin – smooth, refined, hydrated and ready to rebuild.
The Pros of Microdermabrasion
The recovery time from a microdermabrasion is a maximum of a few days. Most people only need a few hours.
There is almost no pain. You will experience a(gentle vacuum suction sensation and that is. Side effects are rare and usually only occur when the pressure of the wand is raised unnesscessarily.
Microdermabrasions take a few sessions to achieve optimal results. You will notice a change in your skin immediately but for full repair you should return bi weekly for 6 to 12 weeks.
The Pros of a Chemical Peel
Chemical peels reach deeper layers of skin than microdermabrasions. This means they come with a little more risk but that they are able to handle more difficult wrinkles.
A chemical peel can be preformed from a selection of peel, the peel type is dependent of your skin conditions and goals, some peels are more mild than others. This gives you a bit of wiggle room when it comes to how invasive the procedure is. An enzyme peel can be light on your skin while an AHA peel can work right down in the deep layers of your skin.
So Which One Should You Choose?
It really depends on what stage your wrinkles are at. Microdermabrasions work best when your skin is just starting to loose it’s support. While deep set wrinkles need a stronger solution. Chemical peels are tough on wrinkles however, the recovery time associated with some of the more intense peels needs to be considered. Discuss your options with a professional for a personalised skin journey program to be designed especially for you.