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Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peel: How to Choose

ComplexionLooking for brighter skin? Both microdermabrasion and a chemical peel can be good ways to get it, so how do you choose?

Choosing between the two

Choose microdermabrasion if you are busy or if you’re anticipating an important event. Because the depth of exfoliation is so precise with microdermabrasion, you’re less likely to experience side effects like redness or swelling. The typical healing time with microdermabrasion is short – usually 3 days at the most.

Chemical peels come in many different formulas, but the healing time for most chemical peels is slightly longer than with microdermabrasion. If you can spare a week to let the skin heal, go for the peel.

Choosing both treatments

Sometimes an aesthetician will recommend doing both. If done carefully, a light chemical peel such as AHA or salicylic acid can work in combination with microdermabrasion. Just make sure you choose an aesthetician or surgeon that has experience combining these treatments.

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