Microdermabrasion vs Chemical peels 

Microdermabrasion vs Chemical peels. Which one to have? Let’s take a look at these treatments and what they can do. Both can be very effective in helping with a number of skin concerns.

Let’s take a look at Microdermabrasion and chemical peels for treating your skin concerns. They are both very effective treatments for a number of concerns. Firstly, let’s take a look at microdermabrasion…
A solid staple, Microdermabrasion acts as a standalone facial providing instant results for your skin concerns and skin tone whilst remaining flexible enough to compliment other treatments. It can act as a skin preparation for other treatments and you can also include it in a skincare treatment plan.


Microdermabrasion uses ultra-fine crystals to remove dead skin cells and impurities. The vacuum action removes these with a vacuum action. The vacuum of the machine also stimulates circulation, lymphatic drainage and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, enabling you to see results for multiple concerns with no downtime and (bonus) pain-free!

Concerns it treats

  • Acne
  • Congestion/blackheads
  • Pigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun Damage
  • Scarring
  • Acne Scarring
  • Stretch marks

Chemical peels

Chemical peels are cosmetic treatments that can be applied to the face, hands and neck improving the appearance and feel of the skin. These chemical solutions are applied to the treatment area, breaking down the outer layer of dead skin (stratum corneum). Post-treatment the skin begins to ‘peel’, increasing skin cell turnover to reveal fresher, new skin beneath.
Whilst ‘chemical’ can sound a little scary, there are different types of peels available with different strengths. They range from very gentle peels to much-deeper acting peels. The depth at which the peel works will determine how comfortable the treatment is and how much down-time is involved. There is something to suit all skin types.
A lower strength of peel is usually advised to start. Then building up to a higher strength peel if required. For those who want a gentle rejuvenation and are nervous about the treatment, a lighter peel with little downtime is perfect and no deeper than a microdermabrasion!

AHA  Peels

Using alpha hydroxy acids to lightly penetrate the outermost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, it helps to gently dissolve and remove the layer of dead skin cells revealing smoother brighter skin.
Lactic Acid peels
A light chemical peel perfect for sensitive/irritated skin. Lactic acid is derived from milk so it isn’t a harsh chemical, it works more gently on the skin.
Salicylic acid peels
Salicylic is perfect for acne prone/congested skin thanks to its anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties! The Salicylic acid destroys the bacteria on the skin which causes acne and breakouts. As a result it provides relief, allowing the skin to repair and clear itself up, providing fresher, cleaner glowing skin.
Glycolic peels 
A deeper peel for those who want a deep overall rejuvenation. Glycolic acid has the smallest molecules out of all of the peels available, allowing the molecules to penetrate the skin deeper, dissolving and sloughing off dead skin cells revealing a smoother skin surface and clearer pores and brighter skin.
TCA Chemical peel
Using trichloroacetic acid, this penetrates into the middle layers of skin working to a medium/ deep depth, helping to remove dead skin and damaged skin cells. With the ability to provide long lasting results, those who are comfortable with a moderate downtime would be best suited.
Vitamin C chemical peel
Vitamin C helps to protect the skin against free radicals by working as an anti-oxidant therefore  preventing the free radicals from oxidising onto the skin. It also contains anti-bacterial and brightening properties helping to reduce and prevent acne, whilst restoring skin tone and fading blemishes. A hero product!

Concerns it treats

  • Acne
  • Pigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Scars
  • Uneven skintone/redness

Both treatments work effectively to treat a number of skin concerns with amazing results. Don’t let ‘chemical’ put you off. Both peels and Microdermabrasion treatments can be selected to suit each individual’s skin and as a result you can target your skin concerns effectively. Likewise, there may be times when one is more appropriate over the other. For clients with extensive broken capillaries peels would be more appropriate to use. Above all, both provide enviable  instant results! Find your nearest SkinBase therapist now.

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