Microdermabrasion vs. Chemical Peels

It's important to know the difference between microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Rancho Mirage, CA, dermatologist, Wendy E. Roberts, MD 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." 

When it comes to how long you should wait between a chemical peel and microdermabrasion, Dr. Wendy E. Roberts 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."

If you're wondering whether too many chemical peels can thin the skin, Dr. Wendy E. Roberts 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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