Chemical Peel Or Microdermabrasion First

Chemical Peel Or Microdermabrasion First

When deciding to get a chemical peel or microdermabrasion first there are some points to consider.  First of all, depending on your goals you may want to schedule a free consultation. Today’s in-office procedures can give you just that, by gently removing the
outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells to reveal a bright new visage. And unlike the gritty facial scrubs and other at-home options that most of us have tried in the past, this kind of exfoliation is targeted, controlled, and extremely effective—because it’s performed by an experienced professional using the very latest technology. But which procedure should you choose chemical peel or microdermabrasion first? Here’s a quick rundown of your options.


Microdermabrasion works best for superficial skin imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and hyperpigmentation (caused by sun exposure), and a dull or uneven complexion. In a microdermabrasion treatment, a technician uses a special hand-held device that sprays tiny titanium oxide crystals onto the skin, then vacuums them back up—along with the uppermost layer of skin. The process works a little bit like sandpaper, gently loosening the bonds that hold the dead cells in place. You’ll probably feel a tingling sensation, but the procedure isn’t painful. It typically lasts between 35 and 45 minutes.

In almost all cases, microdermabrasion involves no downtime—you can go back to work and all your other activities right away. For
some people, the treated skin may look a little pink and feel a little dry or tight afterwards, but those effects should be completely resolved within 24 hours. The procedure is safe for all skin colors, although you should be diligent about using sunscreen afterwards (sun exposure only damages your skin,reducing the effects of the treatment). For the biggest benefits, most people opt for a series of dermabrasion treatments, spaced one to two weeks apart.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels address the same concerns as microdermabrasion—superficial sun damage and uneven skin tone or texture—but can also treat certain types of acne and improve the appearance of scars and deeper wrinkles. In a chemical peel, a professional applies a paste made with an abrasive agent—a type of mild acid that breaks the bonds holding the top layer of skin cells together—then peels away the mask to reveal the fresh new skin below. Some of the best chemical peels use glycolic acid, a mixture of glycolic and other alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), or a combo containing lactic acid (an AHA) salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid) known as a Jessner Peel. As with dermabrasion, you’re likely to see the best (and most lasting) results with a series of treatments, which are generally spaced about four to six weeks apart.

During a treatment, which usually takes about 45 minutes, you’ll probably feel a slight tingling sensation, but nothing painful. Afterwards, your skin will probably look a little pink and feel sensitive, like you have a mild sunburn. Be sure to wear sunscreen. Although there are at-home, over-the-counter options for both microdermabrasion and chemical peels.  If done improperly, you can have no results at all or, even worse, harm your skin by damaging the living skin cells.  Experts stress the importance of using the advice of a professional skin care provider to decide whether to get a chemical peel or microdermabrasion first.