The difference between clinical peels and microdermabrasion
There are a number of peels and exfoliating skin health treatments available. AHA, BHA, Enzyme, Jessner, herbal peels (combination of AHA and enzymes) Microdermabrasion. All of these treatments essentially do the same thing, rejuvenate the skin by exfoliation.
The differences are that certain treatments were developed to target specific skin conditions:
AHA peels work on the surface of the skin and can penetrate to deeper layers for deeper exfoliation. Glycolic is great for thickened skin, refining and rejuvenating the skin. Lactic Peels are gentler are best for dryer skin types and wrinkles.
BHA peel is best for more oily, congested and problematic skin. Penetrating into the follicles it deep cleanses and dislodges clogging and congestion.
Enzyme peels are best for more delicate skins that may also be congested. Enzymes work gently to dissolve dead cell build up as well as decongesting the pores.
There are different types of microdermabrasion methods – crystal and diamond. Hydra-micro-dermabrasion is diamond microdermabrasion with water. Microdermabrasion is similar to lactic peel, so best for milder skin problems.
Jessner, TCA and blend peels are stronger and the strongest are restricted to doctors only, targeting advanced signs of aging and sun damage.
These rejuvenation treatments are performed by Aestheticians and other Beauty professionals are varied and target different skin issues. Peels work at a deeper level, whereas physical exfoliation treatments work more on the surface.
To determine which peeling/exfoliating technique is best for your skin, talk to your skin therapist.
Do not even contemplate undergoing any of these procedures without first ensuring your skin is well hydrated and in good condition. You will achieve greater results if your skin is overall healthy and hydrated.
All of these treatments can make your skin sun sensitive, so you absolutely must be using a SPF 30+ sunscreen every day, otherwise you will end up with more sun damage.
Begin using a good vitamin C serum at least 2 weeks before undergoing any of these procedures, to strengthen your skin and inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme that is responsible for excess melanin (pigmentation) otherwise you may end up with patchy areas.
Finally, invest in a good mimical control moisturer to use post treatment to boost healing, recovery and results.