Microdermabrasion Vs. A Chemical Peel: Which Is Best For You?

Are you considering getting an aesthetic procedure for your face? Most of us want to look younger, fresher, and more luminous at some point. If you're considering a medical aesthetics procedure, two of the most widely used are microdermabrasion and chemical peels. They have both been around for a long time, and are proven to be effective at rejuvenating your skin and making it visibly and noticeably look smoother, younger, and just plain better, with nearly immediate results. The two procedures just work differently and have slightly different effects on the skin. The length of time the benefits last before having to have the procedures done again also differ.

Here's the difference between microdermabrasion and chemical peels, so you can decide which aesthetic procedure is correct for you.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are not only not new, they have actually been around since ancient Egyptian times, and possibly even earlier in human history. The ancient Egyptians used to use a mixture of milk and sour wine to take off the top layer of their facial skin, revealing new, smooth, younger looking skin underneath. Beauty and aesthetics have been an important part of human society for a long time. Being beautiful and looking young have always been prized, which is why primitive chemical peels were invented so early in civilized human history.

Of course, chemical peels are much more advanced now than they were thousands of years ago. You can get many different varieties of peels and, according to New Beauty.com, with different strengths to get you the results you desire with pinpoint accuracy.

Today's chemical peels not only remove the top layer of skin using a variety of chemicals, they also clear up acne, lighten dark areas of pigmentation, and ease the rosy look of rosacea. They also reduce the appearance of wrinkles by exposing smooth skin underneath the top, sun and pollution-damaged layer. Some chemicals even stimulate the production of new collagen underneath the skin to plump it up over a period of months after getting the peel.

Most chemical peels can take about 10 to 15 years off of your appearance. The effects can last for months. You might have a little bit of redness and irritation for a few days after a chemical peel, but it usually clears up pretty quickly. If you get it done on a Friday, you should look totally normal again, and even noticeably younger, by the time you go back to work.


Microdermabrasion is less invasive than a chemical peel, and its results are much more temporary. It is kind o like a cosmetic touch-up, such as what you would do with your makeup after a long day at work. Essentially, microdermabrasion is deep exfoliation. It can be done with crushed crystals that are blown onto the skin to remove the outer layer and then blown off to clean the skin. It can also be done with a diamond-tipped wand make specifically for the purpose of exfoliating the skin on a deep level.

Once microdermabrasion is done, you will have rosy, glowing skin that gives you a more refreshed, youthful appearance. It is perfect if you are going on a special night out or to visit old friends or relatives, or even to a job interview. It only affects the top layers of skin, so it won't eliminate wrinkles or pigmentation problem areas. However, it will make you look fresher and younger, just for a short time. The results usually last a few days to a week before having to be repeated.


Both of these aesthetic procedures can make your skin look amazing. Youthful, smooth, glowing skin can be yours with either microdermabrasion or chemical peels. Chemical peels do cost a bit more because they are more intensive and their results last longer. Make a decision on which one is right for you. Then, make an appointment with your aesthetician to get it done, and bask in the gorgeous results it brings.