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Q. What's the difference between microdermabrasion and chemical peels?


A. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are similar in terms of the kind of results that they deliver but different in terms of their processes.




During Microdermabrasion, the skin is manually exfoliated using a machine. The machine uses suction along with crystals, or on some machines a diamond tip to gently remove surface skin cells.


A machine such as SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, (available at UW Health Transformations) is a new, wet abrasion that exfoliates the skin and simultaneously infuses a solution to treat skin problems.


Microdermabrasion is often chosen for:

  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Acne
  • Scarring
  • Overall skin improvement

In order to see results, several treatments are necessary.



Chemical Peel


During a chemical peel, however, a chemical process takes place on the skin that works to remove dead skin cells and layers of skin. An acid solution such as salicylic or glycolic is applied for a short time to cause the skin to react, thus creating new skin cells.


Several treatments are necessary as well for light chemical peels in order to see results. Other types of Chemical Peels will use a stronger acid, commonly referred to as TCA, that is stronger, requiring down time.


The fortunate thing about these types of peels is that fewer treatments are required to see results. Peels can be used for a variety of reasons as well, but can be a bit more attractive because it is a physical and chemical exfoliation.


It can be very difficult to make the decision yourself, so make sure to consult with a licensed professional about what treatment is best for you!


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