Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are cosmetic procedures with many benefits that are used to exfoliate the skin. Both can be done in-office or at home. DCSI is a South Florida dermatologist that specializes in and offers both of these. It is important to know that microdermabrasion and chemical peels aren’t meant for all skin types. Learn about your skin type and pick which one is best for you.   While the two treatments are similar, they have their differences as well. Talk with your dermatologist and see what will be the best one to address your concerns. 

What Is a Microdermabrasion Facial?

In this procedure, vibrating diamond-tipped or crystal-based devices are used to remove the top layer of dead cells from the skin. It works more as a physical exfoliant by scraping away the top layer. The treatment is used to remove full, dead skin cells and improve the skin’s appearance by:
  • Brightening
  • Erasing fine lines
  • Reducing hyperpigmentation 
  Microdermabrasion is safe for all skin types and can be done at home. However, at-home devices aren’t as efficient as professionals.  Skin microdermabrasion treats the following skin conditions:
  • Acne
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Dry skin
  • Fine lines
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Clogged pores
  • Rosacea
  • Minor scars
  • Skin texture problems

What Are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels use chemical solutions to dissolve the skin instead of physically exfoliating the dead cells. It is a procedure that works deeper than microdermabrasion which reveals newer skin underneath. There will be a few days of peeling following the procedure, and it can be done at different levels depending on the skin type and concerns.    Chemical facial peels are used to treat:
  • Acne
  • Fine lines
  • Brown spots
  • Sagging skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Blemishes
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma 
  • Scars

Pros and Cons of Each Treatment

If you are wondering about getting one of these treatments, then our dermatologists in South Florida can show you the pros and cons of microdermabrasion vs. chemical peels.     Pros of Microdermabrasion:
  • Painless and affordable
  • Faster healing
  • Glowing complexion 
  • Improves acne, dryness, and texture
  • Non-customizable 
  • Not as targeted
  • Requires multiple treatments
  Pros of chemical peels:
  • Long-lasting results
  • Improves acne, scars, redness, wrinkles, and pigmentation
  • Multiple levels and types are available
  • May reduce skin cancer risk
  • More expensive
  • More painful
  • Longer healing time 

For Acne

For active acne, it is probably best to do a chemical peel since the microdermabrasion could irritate the skin or cause more issues. Chemical peels use salicylic acid to reduce further outbreaks. 

For Wrinkles

Light wrinkles call for microdermabrasion or a light chemical peel. For deeper wrinkles, a medium or deep chemical peel is the best option. 

For Sun Damage 

If you are dealing with rough skin caused by sun damage, then a light chemical peel or microdermabrasion might be the answer. But if the damage is severe or at risk for melasma, then a medium or deep chemical peel is a better idea.   We recommend talking with your dermatologist to see which one better suits your skin needs and concerns. 

Contact Us

If you still have questions or concerns, then call us today or make an appointment! We are here to provide the best level of care and knowledge.    Related Reading: How Do I Identify My Skin Type? What to Expect After Your First Chemical Peel