Chemical Peel vs. Microdermabrasion

What is Chemical Peel

One of the most efficient and fastest procedures of removing dead skin cells and restoration of cells is Chemical Peel. It is a simple procedure where the skin is applied with salicylic or glycolic acid solution which removes dead skin cells and makes way for a new radiant skin. The acid solution, at the same time, contains several vitamins that make the skin healthy. Additionally,  Chemical peel also triggers the boost in collagen production, making the skin appear firm and elastic. Not only does Chemical Peel restore your skin but also revitalizes it. 


Here are the benefits of Chemical Peel:

  • Removes dead skin
  • Improves skin’s appearance (tone and texture)
  • Improves appearance of imperfections and scars
  • Reduces appearance of wrinkles
  • Reduces appearance of fine lines
  • Reduces sun damage
  • Clears breakouts
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Boosts collagen production


What is Microdermabrasion

Another way of making the skin look young, radiant and healthy is Microdermabrasion which is a noninvasive cosmetic procedure. This method involves the rubbing or spraying of fine and adhesive crystals onto the skin that exfoliates the surface. This exfoliation makes the skin young and look young since it removes the dirty or old top layer. Additionally, the skin’s appearance is improved and enhanced as the process brightens the skin and even reduces hyperpigmentation.


Here are the benefits of Microdermabrasion:

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines
  • Reduces the appearance of stretch marks  
  • Improves the skin’s appearance (tone and texture)
  • Treats discoloration caused by sun damage
  • Minimizes blotchy skin
  • Prevents signs of early skin aging
  • Clears breakouts
  • Removes blackheads and swollen pores


Which is better?

Chemical PeelMicrodermabrasion
ProcedureMore painfulPainless
PriceMore expensiveAffordable
RecoveryLonger downtimeShorter downtime
EffectivityLong-lastingRequires multiple treatments
AcneUses salicylic acid that combats breakoutsMay irritate acne and cause more problems
WrinklesFor deeper wrinklesFor light wrinkles
Sun DamageCan treat both mild sun damage and severe melasmaCan treat mild sun damage


Those superficial skin issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores and minor sun damage can be solved with both Chemical Peel and Microdermabrasion. However, Chemical Peel is more advanced and encompassing as it can address many different deeper issues. Microdermabrasion on the other hand, is friendlier with regard to its procedure, price and recovery. However, before going through with either of the procedures, it is important to consider first your skin type. There are skin types that will not benefit from either one and there are also skin types that may suffer from risks.