Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels work by removing the top layer of dead skin, revealing the new, fresh and radiant skin underneath. Both beauty procedures aim to help clients rid themselves of irritating and unsightly acne scars, fine lines, uneven skin tones, pigmentation and blocked pores.
What is laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing, also known as a laser peel, is the removal of the top layers of the skin via focused laser light energy. Some types of lasers also penetrate into deeper layers of skin to provide additional benefits. The main goals of laser skin resurfacing are to make the skin smoother, tighter, and more even in tone, texture, and colour. This type of skin rejuvenation is often harsher than microdermabrasion. For blocked pores, you’d probably benefit from exfoliating at least once a week and trying 6-weeks of mircodermabrasion facials before moving on to this higher-level treatment.
Recovery & Downtime for laser skin facials:
There is a much longer recovery time for laser skin resurfacing, with the client often advised to rest indoors for 7-10 days. This time can be lessened if the peel is especially light. Just make sure you talk to your beauty therapist in advance to find out the level of peel.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microcrystals are the secret behind the microdermabrasion technique. Hard enough to exfoliate unwanted, dead skin cells, but small enough to leave the skin undamaged. Thousands of tiny crystals are fired across your face, then gently sucked up using a small vacuum. The combination of these processes encourages elastin and collagen to form – plumping skin, minimising can and acne scarring and unclogging your blocked pores.
Who is microdermabrasion best suited for?
Microdermabrasion might use cutting edge technology but the mechanics behind it make it a safe, pain-free and simple method of rejuvenating skin. Its use of microcrystals means it is also gentle enough to suit almost any skin type. If you’re uncertain about how sensitive your skin is, microdermabrasion therapists can easily change the level from low to high – a great idea on your first try at least.
The treatment helps to eliminate sun-damage from over-exposure to UV rays. This might include things like sunspots and dry skin. It’s also very effective when treating age-related wrinkles, such as crow’s feet lines around the eyes.
Recovery & Downtime for microdermabrasion treatments:
The reason microdermabrasion is so popular with clients, celebs and actresses, is somewhat due to the fact the procedure takes just 30minutes. It’s know as the ‘lunchbreak’ facial – meaning you can have it dne and be back at your desk with no problems just over half an hour later.
On the whole, blocked pores should be easily treatable with a good skincare routine and some microdermabrasion treatments. Try these before moving on to the next extreme.
One of the most important things you should always be clear on is the experience and training of you beauty therapists (whatever the treatment you’re having!) SkinBase microdermabrasion therapists all have specific training and on going support so clients know they’re getting a qualified level of care.
Note: Do not get microdermabrasion of laser peels if you have extremely sensitive skin, diabetes, vascular conditions like rosacea, skin inflammation, bacterial infections, lack of tactile sensation, keloid scarring, cuts and abrasions, or have gotten Botox within 72 hours. Other contraindications to microdermabrasion include sunburn, viral infections like herpes simplex.
Good luck choosing you treatments!