Chemical Peels VS Dermabrasion

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A lot of people are unsure if they would prefer to have a chemical peel or a dermabrasion procedure for their skin. There are pros to both, but which one is right for you? It all depends on the results you are expecting, how  long you are willing to wait for results, and if you have time for recovery or not. Trying to get rid of wrinkles? Need to look good for an event in few days? Here’s all you need to know to make up your mind.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is used to treat several layers of skin to help improve the texture and look. A chemical peel can help lighten or remove dark spots, reduce wrinkles, and give a youthful look. There are different degrees of peels and each have a use. Light, medium, and deep peels remove layers of skin to encourage a younger look.

Chemical Peels VS Dermabrasion

A light peel removes the very top layer of the skin, measured in microns. This light peel with result in a light pink tinge that fades in a short period of time. Often the skin returns to a normal color within hours. These peels have a results that last up to six months.

There are products sold for at home peels, though they do not give the exact same results as a light peel done by a professional.

Medium peels go a little deeper and the face will have a red or pink color for longer. It can take the skin a week or more to lose the color and slight swelling. The feel is much like a sunburn. While a light peel gives results that will look younger for about six months, the medium peel results last for a year or more.

Deep peels are just that, much deeper. These peels are performed in an operating room on an inpatient basis. There is a long recovery time, but the results can last for twenty years. It takes three to six months for the redness to fade and the facial skin will never tan after. Patients with this procedure must avoid tanning the neck or shoulders so that all skin matches.


This procedure is significantly different from chemical peels. Dermabrasion is completed by the spraying of very fine crystals onto the top of the skin to remove dead skin cells. No ‘live’ skin is removed, no layer removed at all. Wrinkles are not removed nor are spots changed. What a dermabrasion does do is give the skin a more refreshed, bright look and feel. Skin may feel softer to the touch.

Results are not as long lasting as even a light chemical peel. This procedure is best for people that want to look good for an event or want a deeper cleaning than simple face washing can provide. Dermabrasion does not really change the skin’s long term appearance.