When it comes to stay young skin care treatments, it is fair to say that there are quite a lot to choose from. However, if you are looking at “skin renewal”, so to speak, there are two today that are particularly popular- chemical peel and microdermabrasion. But even with it narrowed down to two, how do you choose? What’s the big diff between the two? So, here it is, chemical peel vs. microdermabrasion. Everything you need to know to help you get the perfect treatment for your skin.

What Is A Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is basically the application of peeling solutions. These solutions are made up of acid/ acids depending on the type, which then pretty much creates tissue death but in a totally controlled manner. It basically penetrates deep into the skin to exfoliate, stimulate the growth of collagen, and even help re-texturize because like they say, there is life after death. So the main principle is to allow the damaged skin to regenerate and produce fresh skin cells.

It may come as a surprise, but despite what it is called, chemical peel, it is not necessary for your skin to peel to reap the benefits of this skin care solution. You see, again, depending on the combination or strength of the solution, the peeling or flaking can range from being rather subtle to much more serious as some chemical peels even require about a week of post care.

Benefits:Chemical peel vs microdermabrasion

  • Helps treat acne as well as post acne scarring
  • Smoothens out rough patches and dry, scaly skin
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Eliminates sun spots
  • Shrinks pores
  • Reduces the appearance of circles
  • Gives your skin a healthy glow
  • Evens out skin tone

Potential Side Effects: Discomfort- a burning sensation during the process, redness, pigment changes which usually fade in time, and even the possibility of cold sores for some.

What is Microdermabrasion?

You can think of Microdermabrasion as a skin polishing type of procedure, a super exfoliator, if you will. It is a manual process in which the superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis, is gently abraded away making room for new skin to grow. This anti aging skin care procedure is great to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, brighten up dull skin, even up your skin tone, and even unclog pores. Nice.

Chemical Peel VS Microdermabrasion: What Is The Difference?

Now, the thing with microdermabrasion is that you basically have two options (well, three if you count the homemade version, which we always love!). You can either go to a pro, your dermatologist or high end spa, and have a machine, either diamond or crystal tipped, do all the work, or you can get a microdermabrasion home kit system and have creams, serums, and what not get the job done.


  • Reduces and even helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces the appearance of acne as well as acne scars
  • Reduces the appearance of age spots
  • Evens out the skin tone
  • Helps get rid of both blackheads and whiteheads.
  • It tightens the skin and shrinks large open pores.
  • Treats sun damaged skin
  • Smoothens skin
  • Brightens up skin
  • Increases the penetration, hence the effectiveness, of other skin care products

Potential side effects: Mild redness, minor irritation, and dryness afterwards.

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