As the world of clinical beauty treatments begins to expand, we are often left overwhelmed by choice. With lengthy descriptions, complicated jargon and mysterious practises, it can feel like we are begin shunned away from trying new treatments. More so, the battle between chemical peels and microdermabrasion continues to rage on, without any clear answer to which is better. This article will help to distinguish the nuances between chemical peels and microdermabrasion and explore why chemical peels may be safer and more suitable for your skin.
What is a microdermabrasion facial and what does it do?
A microdermabrasion facial involves the use of small crystals that help to exfoliate the skin, lifting away any excess dead skin or oil left inside an enlarged pore. This procedure is usually completed using a small handheld device and a vacuum to help clear the skin. Microdermabrasion is usually conduced around the face, but can also be carried out on the chest, neck and back. The purpose of one of these treatments is to reduce the appearance of fine lines and stubborn wrinkles, in order to give you smoother skin.
Why is microdermabrasion bad for the skin?
Although microdermabrasion can have a positive effect for some, many criticise this procedure for causing harm upon the skin. This is because the small crystals used within this treatment can cause damage to deeper layers of the skin. As a result, you skin may appear inflamed, red and irritated after receiving these facials.
Moreover, microdermabrasion is not precise, meaning that many key areas are missed within the treatment. Due to this, the treatment is considered ineffective, especially when discussing the entire complexion of the face. Thus, you may not be getting your money’s worth with facials such as this one.
Furthermore, microdermabrasion facials have the ability to cause redness and swelling in some patients. This results in an uneven complexion, which can leave the customer with unattractive results.
What does a chemical peel do?
On the other hand, chemical peels use a collection of acids to strip away dead skin cells and encourage increased healthy cell turnover. In a similar fashion to microdermabrasion, chemical peels are used an exfoliation process to help unclog enlarged pores. A variety of acids are used in chemical peels, such as lactic acid and glycolic acid to help lift away the superficial upper layer of the skin.
Can chemical peels go wrong?
When carried out by trained professional, chemical peels are extremely safe and cause little to no harm to the skin. Some peels, particularly if you have sensitive skin, can cause mild itchiness in certain areas of the face. However, this sensation does not last for very long and will not cause any damage to the deeper layers of your skin. Adding on to this, if you undergo a light chemical peel, you will not experience any scarring or other signs of irritation, giving you an improved complexion almost instantly.
Why choose a chemical peel instead of microdermabrasion?
Chemical peels are often regarded as a superior treatment when compared to microdermabrasion. This is because chemical peels work at a deeper cellular level, which helps to stimulate a more effective cell turnover. As a result, your skin is better able to form healthier skin in the place of dead skin, giving you a more revitalised complexion.
Adding on to this, during a chemical peel, new skin cells tend to collectively migrate to certain sites to help heal damaged tissues. However, during a microdermabrasion facial treatment, cells tend to rush to damaged areas in order to replace the cells that are removed by mechanical force. As a result, microdermabrasion can cause the healing process to be slower and potentially disrupted.
Finally, results suggest that chemical peels offer gradual and longer lasting improvements for the skin. This means that they are potentially more cost effective than microdermabrasion facial treatments, helping you to save more money in the long run.
When should I get a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are a very versatile treatment that can be carried out in a variety of skin types. For example, if you are experiencing a breakout or suffer with congested skin, a chemical peel can help you achieve a blemish-free complexion after just one treatment.
Moreover, chemical peels can do wonders for menopausal skin. During these treatments, you are able to experiment with a variety of different skincare products under the careful supervision of a trained professional. Thus, chemical peels can help to restore the skin and add in essential properties such as collagen or elastin, which are often lost during menopause.
Furthermore, chemical peels are the perfect solution for those suffering with stressed skin. As these treatments are often quite relaxing and soothing, it gives your skin the chance to relax and rejuvenate itself. Thus, your skin will become less inflamed and blemish-free after undergoing an effective chemical peel.
How often should you do a chemical peel at home?
If you want to experience the benefit of a chemical peel at home, it is advised that you carry out the procedure around every two weeks. This will give the skin adequate time to heal and restore itself, as well as present those beneficial results. It is vital that you do not exfoliate your skin in an excessive nature, as this can cause the skin to become raw, damaged and sensitive.
What is the strongest chemical peel?
At Dermoi! we offer an amazing range of chemical peels, all of which can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. Listed below are three of our favourite chemical peels, which use a range of PCA Skin’s products:
Firstly, the ‘PCA Bespoke Signature Peel’, which is now available for £135.00. This treatment uses a unique layering of enzymatic and mandelic peels, which can be layered to fit the personalised needs of your skin. These ingredients work to smooth out stubborn wrinkles, sculpt facial muscles and boost healthy circulation, giving you clearer and more even skin. Adding on to this, the ‘PCA Bespoke Signature Peel’ can help to reduce the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation, leaving you with brighter and more radiant skin.
Moreover, the ‘PCA Perfecting Peel’ helps to completely rejuvenate the skin and create a more glowing complexion. Using a 10% advanced retinoid booster, this peel helps to fade dark spots and encourages healthy skin cells to settle on the upper layers of the skin, giving you a more youthful complexion. As a result, you will experience a more balanced and plumper skin surface, as well as an irresistible glow after just one treatment. Currently, the ‘PCA Perfecting Peel’ is also available for £135.00.
Finally, we offer the ‘PCA Bespoke Signature Treatment’, a chemical peel designed specifically for male skin. This treatment makes use of a lymphatic drainage massage, galvanic technology, ultrasound technology and LED light therapy to help reduce the visible signs of aging and create a younger-looking complexion overall. Additionally, this treatment is able to completely restore and rejuvenate the skin after just one treatment. The ‘PCA Bespoke Signature Treatment’ is now selling for just £135.00.
Clinical treatments are continuing to diversify and develop before our eyes, which can leave many of us feeling confused and lost. Many of us would love to kickstart a new and exciting skincare routine with the help of certain treatments but feel unsure about their effects. If you are looking for a safe way to soothe problem or stressed skin, try out our range of PCA chemical peels, all of which are available on the Dermoi! website.
Author: Melody Day