Ask An Expert: Chemical Peels

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Every week, we ask our NewBeauty Facebook followers to share their beauty questions so our experts can give them the right answers they need. Today, we spoke with Rancho Mirage, CA, Dermatologist, Wendy E. Roberts. MD and found out:

1. How long should you wait between having a chemical peel and a microdermabrasion service?

2. Can too many chemical peels make your skin thinner?

First, it’s important to know the difference between the two treatments. Roberts says, “In a chemical peel, exfoliation is accomplished with chemical agents [and] there is usually longer downtime.” With microdermabrasion, “exfoliation is accomplished by sanding with minimal to no downtime.”

Regarding how long you should wait between a chemical peel and microdermabrasion, she says, it’s, “all about what you want to achieve and why you are [getting] your peel. Chemical peels vary in strength and depth so the safest recommendation is to wait two weeks between because your skin will be completely re-epithelialized (repaired).” Assuming that you had a “deeper peel.” She adds, “In the optimal clinical circumstances, a peel can be done on the same day as a microdermabrasion with wonderful results, but in the wrong circumstances this could be a prelude to scarring and discoloration. So judgement and experience is crucial to the planning and execution of the peel.”

On whether too many chemical peels can thin the skin, she says, “No. The layers of skin get thin by sun damage and aging.” She also adds that, chemical peels can be done every week or every two weeks, or in just one session.

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