Is a chemical peel or microdermabrasion better?
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are both deep exfoliating treatments that bring about a resurfacing of the skin by prompting the body's healing response mechanism.
They both offer the opportunity to reduce the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation marks and scarring, but work in different ways.
Chemical peels work by chemically breaking the bonds that hold the individual skin cells to one another,
Microdermabrasion uses a device to physically abrade the surface of the skin.
The initial effects of the two methods do vary: the skin is often red, hot and tight feeling after a chemical peel and can take a day or two to show the positive effects of brighter, clearer skin, whilst these effects are often immediately visible with microdermabrasion.
However, both methods will require a course of sessions, and often the support of topical regime, to effectively treat conditions like fine lines and pigmentation staining.
Microdermabrasion is less useful where the skin has vascular damage or is particularly fine and prone to broken capillaries, due to it's mechanical nature.