Which is better or more effective for rejuvenating the skin – Microdermabrasion or Acid Peels?
Glycolic Peels both basically do the same thing for your skin, and that
is to exfoliate the skin. Both remove the top layer of dead skin cells
to reveal fresher, smoother skin and both stimulate faster cell
turnover to keep your skin fresher.
Microdermabrasion is a mechanical means of exfoliation, that
is, it uses a scrubbing action to remove the dead skin cells. Glycolic
Acid is a chemical means of exfoliation, that is, it uses a chemical -
Glycolic Acid - to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Both do
basically the same thing. It is just a matter of preference if you want
to use a chemical, or use a scrubbing action to exfoliate your skin.
However, there is a difference between the 2 treatments, and
that is that Glycolic Acid actually penetrates the skin to a certain
degree and stimulates the growth of a new layer of collagen and elastin
deep in the skin. Microdermabrasion does not do this. The new layer of
collagen deep in the skin helps to tighten, firm, and smooth the skin.
Another thing to keep in mind, that to some people, Glycolic
Acid is harsh on their skin. On the other hand, some people find
Microdermabrasion to be too rough on the skin, and microdermabrasion
has been known to stimulate acne breakouts, while Glycolic Acid tends
to clear up the skin and keep it clear.
So, it is just a matter of preference as to how you like to
exfoliate the skin. The both do the same exfoliating action, but each
has its pros and cons along the way!