Peels Vs Microdermabrasion – which is best for you?

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If you’re looking for an intense exfoliating treatment to slough away dead skin to leave your face looking bright and refreshed, chances are you’ve come across both Microdermabrasion and Peels in your research. But which is best for your skin concerns?

 The Basics

A peel involved using glycolic acid to remove the surface layer of skin. Glycolic Acid is a natural ingredient derived from sugar cane and is one of the safest forms of AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids). It’s an exfoliating properties make it a popular way to bring new skin to the surface.

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that gently buffs away the surface layer of skin using crystal particles.


As well as exfoliating the skin, a peel will penetrate the pores, allowing any creams or serums that are applied to sink into the skin easier. And microdermabrasion stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, giving it that much-coveted younger look; which will last weeks after treatment.

 How often should you have it?

Microdermabrasion can be done as regularly as every 2-3 weeks, as it is a much gentler treatment than a peel – which should can only be done once every 1-2 months. A microdermabrasion is a great treatment to have on the day of an important event, as it leaves the skin looking fresh and rejuvenated, with little downtime.

You can use both treatments for maximum results. Use a chemical peel one week and then weekly microdermabrasion treatments for a week or two following the peel.

Recovery Time

Microdermabrasion is often done before a facial. It helps to remove dead skin while boosting the effects of the facial product’s ability to penetrate the skin. Since there is no down time when getting this type of treatment, you can go about your normal daily routine or even go to a party later that night.

A peel will require some down time. It can take up to a week before the whole process is complete. However, it does offer more noticeable results in the end. If you have the convenience of time on your hands and can spare a few days from work or other activities, it is well worth having this procedure done.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur with the use of peels especially when used in higher concentrations. The most commonly experienced side effects include scabbing and leaving traces of dark and brown spots. Redness, skin inflammation and itchiness or irritation may also occur. Also, the skin can become more prone to damage from the sun. But this can be avoided by using an excellent quality moisturizer with adequate sunscreen.

Microdermabrasion is a safe procedure since it only affects the outermost layer of the skin, therefore side effects resulting from treatment are usually mild. Some of the more common reactions include redness, skin irritation and skin tightness. Most of these side effects are temporary and should disappear after a few days.

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