Clear skin is something that almost everyone wants, but few people seem to have. Genetics, environmental hazards, age and even ultraviolet rays can cause skin to look less than radiant. The good news is that smooth, clear skin may be possible to obtain by utilizing chemical peels in conjunction with microdermabrasion. Controlled damage to the skin can be used to remove old layers of skin while utilizing the body’s natural repair processes to rejuvenate your skin. The best part of this technique is that it can work for all skin types and ages.
The Basics of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels work by utilizing controlled destruction of the skin. They are designed to damage the epidermis and dermis. The body will replace the damaged skin cells after removing them, which in turn produces the clearest skin that your body can manage.
Though chemical peels do involve damage to the skin, it is important to understand that this damage is controlled. The amount of damage done during this process is limited to ensure that no scarring occurs and that only the target areas of the skin are affected by it.
Salicylic acid is the most common type of ingredient used for chemical peels, but others are available to be used. The type of chemical that will work best depends on your skin type, which is where the expertise of an experienced specialist will come in handy.
Microdermabrasion: Furthering the Body’s Repair Processes
Microdermabrasion is another controlled type of damage to the skin. It does not rely upon a chemical process, which means that it is significantly less likely to interact with melanin in the skin. The basic idea behind microdermabrasion is to utilize incredibly fine needles or cutting surfaces to perforate or remove the upper layers of the skin. This mechanical process safely destroys a light amount of skin, which allows the body to begin restoring it.
The biggest advantage of microdermabrasion is the ability to interact with the epidermis and dermis layers simultaneously. This can help remove problems in the epidermis layer of the skin, which includes discoloration of the skin, and deeper problems that may be harder to treat, which includes liver spots and some types of scars.
Why Combine Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion?
The problem with microdermabrasion and chemical peels is that they can only interact with the skin so much. When combined, they can significantly reduce the risk of unwanted side effects while providing a more effective treatment. Patients typically see clearer skin when they undergo both treatments rather than only one.
The other advantage of combining chemical peels with microdermabrasion treatments is the fact that the recovery period between treatments is typically shorter. This allows you to minimize redness and swelling while still enjoying smooth and clear skin.
If you are interested in the skin rejuvenating effects of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion, our team at Medical Aesthetics of New England can help. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Please feel free to contact us today to schedule a consultation.