Introduction to Chemical Peels

By on June 1, 2021 under Chemical Peels

If you’re looking for a non-surgical way to improve the look and feel of the skin on your face, there are dozens of options available. Two popular treatments are chemical peels and microdermabrasion. Although there are similarities in what these treatments can achieve, they are also quite different. It’s important to understand what each procedure addresses and which one is better for your unique goals and skin condition.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a popular skincare procedure that works by removing the outermost layer of the skin for deep exfoliation to address issues such as aging skin, fine lines, discoloration from sun exposure, and more. Microdermabrasion can utilize special vacuum devices with a diamond tip or fine crystal particles that blast away dead skin cells and immediately suction them away. Both types of microdermabrasion are painless and require no downtime for recovery.

As a completely safe and effective treatment, you can get microdermabrasion to address the following skin issues:

  • Acne
  • Clogged pores
  • Dry skin
  • Fine lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Minor scarring
  • Rosacea
  • Skin texture issues
  • Uneven pigmentation

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is another type of skincare treatment that can be customized to treat a variety of conditions of the skin. Instead of physically removing the top layer of skin, a chemical peel uses a custom formulation of either glycolic or salicylic acid to chemically dissolve and remove the upper layer of skin. There are different strength solutions depending on your needs, from light to deep penetration.

A chemical peel can address the following skin conditions:

  • Acne scars
  • Brown spots
  • Rough skin
  • Fine lines
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Wrinkles

Chemical peels work deeper into the skin than dermabrasion and reveal new layers of skin beneath the top layers. As a result, the skin may peel for several days after the treatment. Other than this temporary side effect, there is no downtime required after this treatment.

Should You Get a Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peel?

Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels are good options for treating a variety of skin conditions and problems. Some elements to consider are: Microdermabrasion treatments are often quicker treatments that are easier on the skin but don’t go as deep.  If you want something that goes deeper and lasts longer, a chemical peel may be the better option for you.

Benefits of Chemical Peels

Far from being a simple, one-size-fits-all treatment, chemical peels can be fine-tuned to match your skin type and specifically address your desired concern. Since different types of solutions and strengths can produce different results, your unique treatment will be formulated by Dr. Baird after he evaluates your skin tone and type.

Although there can be a small degree of discomfort, the powerful results make this completely non-invasive treatment preferred by people who want to look radiant and have smooth, clear skin.

Facial Chemical Peels in Michigan

The best way to find out what procedure is most effective for taking care of your skin’s unique needs is to talk to board-certified dermatologist Dr. David Baird. Dr. Baird will analyze your skin and recommend which level of chemical peels offerings is right for you. Schedule a consultation in our Farmington Hills office location by calling us or contacting us online today.