“Whether you are looking to make your skin appear younger, smoother or blemish-free, microdermabrasion or a glycolic acid peel are two methods dermatologists and skincare professionals use to enhance the skin's appearance. While each uses different methods, both have exfoliating, wrinkle-reducing and blemish-fighting properties.” So what’s the difference between the two treatments?
Microdermabrasion uses a special tool, as pictured above, which sprays fine crystals onto the skin (it kind of feels like a fine sandpaper) to remove all dead skin cells and to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin underneath. This is a noninvasive procedure.
A glycolic peel uses glycolic acid, which comes from sugarcane, to deeply exfoliate the skin. When you apply a glycolic acid peel to your face, the acid adheres to the “glue” which holds stubborn dead skin cells to your face; therefore, forcing the dead skin cells to fall away. The skin underneath is much smoother and brighter in appearance. Generally, a glycolic peel leaves less redness to the face after application (less “down time,” you might say) as opposed to microdermabrasion.
Some key points:
- Microdermabrasion does not draw moisturizers into the skin, whereas a glycolic peel does.
- Microdermabrasion stimulates collagen and elastin production in the skin thus making it appear more vibrant.
- A glycolic peel takes about 10-15 minutes, but is usually used in addition to other treatments such as a facial. Treatments are delivered 3-4 weeks apart for best results.
- Microdermabrasion takes about 30 minutes to an hour and is typically performed every 2-3 weeks for best results.
Difference is usage:
Microdermabrasion is used primarily for age spots, reducing fine lines, mild acne scars, sun damage or crow’s feet.
Glycolic peels are best used for rough or dry skin, acne, signs of sun damage or mild wrinkling.
Remember, always use a protective sunscreen of no less than 30 SPF after completing either one of these applications.
Be true to your skin or it will be false to you!