Glycolic peels and microdermabrasion are both non-invasive cosmetic procedures that can improve the appearance of the skin. However, there are some differences between the two procedures:
- Method of exfoliation: Glycolic peels use a chemical solution containing glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin, while microdermabrasion uses a mechanical device to exfoliate the skin.
- Depth of exfoliation: Glycolic peels penetrate deeper into the skin than microdermabrasion, reaching the middle layer of the skin (the dermis). Microdermabrasion, on the other hand, only exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin (the epidermis).
- Intensity: Glycolic peels are generally more intense than microdermabrasion, and may cause some discomfort or stinging sensation during the procedure. Microdermabrasion is generally painless.
- Downtime: Glycolic peels may require some downtime, as the skin may be red and sensitive for a few days after the procedure. Microdermabrasion does not require downtime.
- Results: Both procedures can improve the appearance of the skin, but glycolic peels may provide more dramatic results for deeper skin issues such as acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Microdermabrasion is better for mild skin issues such as rough texture, dullness, and superficial scars.
It is important to consult with a qualified skincare professional to determine which procedure is right for you and your skin concerns.