Chemical Peels Vs. Microdermabrasion

Skin Care Services Santa Fe, NMHere at Sterling Aesthetics we offer two skin rejuvenating treatments to help patients who suffer from conditions like pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, acne, and scarring. Both chemical peels and microdermabrasion can help treat a variety of these things, but why should you choose one over the other? This article will discuss the distinct differences between these treatments to help you better determine the best track for you. Read on to learn more.

How Are they Similar?

It’s safe to say that the ideology behind both chemical peels and microdermabrasion is the same; each treatment works to get rid of the top few layers of skin to create newer, healthier skin. However, the way that they are performed is dramatically different and will give you different results.

How Are they Different?

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are best for individuals who have lighter skin complexions because they can cause pigmentation problems in individuals who have darker complexions. Primarily used to treat people who have skin concerns under their eyes or around their mouths, chemical peels are an effective way of treating scarring and fine wrinkles. By applying a chemical like alpha hydroxy acid to your skin and leaving it on for about 5-10 minutes, chemical peels work to target the top few layers of your skin. Once the solution is removed, you will be sent home. After just a few days, you will start to notice that your skin is peeling— this means that the procedure is working. By peeling off those top layers of your skin, the new skin is exposed which helps to diminish things like freckles, scars, and wrinkles.


One of the biggest differences between microdermabrasion and chemical peels is that microdermabrasion can treat more areas of concerns including dull skin, congested skin, skin blemishes, fine wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne and acne scarring, and scar tissue. By using tiny crystals, microdermabrasion works to target the top layers of your skin. Once the skin is scraped off, it will be vacuumed up with a device. Upon leaving our office, patients can expect their skin to be fairly red, however, with the proper aftercare, the redness should go down in just a few days— leaving you with that clearer looking complexion that you have always desired.

As you can see, there are distinct differences between these two skin care treatments. If you would like to learn more about which treatment is the right one for you, schedule a consultation with Sterling Aesthetics today!


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