Is It Time For A Chemical Peel Or Microdermabrasion?

Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels address common skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines and rough texture. But how do you know which is right for you? It depends on whether you're willing to wait for results and how often you want the procedure done.

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes a diamond- or bristle-tip head that lightly buffs the skin, that will leave the skin clearer and more even in tone after a few treatments. Your aesthetician may recommend microdermabrasion treatments every few weeks or before every facial to remove dead skin cells and allow other facial products to work more effectively. There's no downtime, but you'll see improvement in sun damage, dryness and even minor acne scars.

A chemical peel, on the other hand, will require a few days of recovery since the chemicals in the peel, such as betahydroxy or salicylic acids, glycolic acid or lactic acid, will cause a layer of dead skin to peel off and then heal to reveal more dramatically rejuvenated, glowing skin. The chemicals come in varying strengths that require longer downtime the stronger they get. To maintain results, mild peels can be done once a month; medium peels every few months; and deep peels only once in your lifetime.

Some experts recommend alternating between less-intense microdermabrasion and chemical peels, depending on their client's tolerance. What is your microdermabrasion and/or chemical peel regimen?

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