Should You Choose Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peels for Your Acne?

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Persistent acne is an extremely frustrating yet common skin condition. In fact, this condition is so common that approximately 50% of people experience at some point in their lives, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Fortunately, there are excellent treatment options that can help reduce recurring acne and minimize scar damage.

Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels act as exfoliation, removing dead skin cells and excess sebum that can clog pores and produce pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads on your face. In this way, these two acne treatments also reduce scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, revealing fresh and more even-toned skin.

It can be difficult to determine if a microdermabrasion or a chemical peel is the best acne treatment for you. This article covers the benefits each one provides, what treatment is like, the cost, and more.

Diamond Microdermabrasion

In a microdermabrasion treatment, your skin specialist will use a wand-like machine to stream finely milled crystals onto your face that will carefully remove a thin layer of dead skin cells off the surface.

  • Benefits: Microdermabrasion is excellent for deep exfoliation, making your skin look more youthful and even. This treatment diminishes pitted acne scars, hyperpigmentation or dark spots, and clogged pores that would normally lead to an acne breakout. At Perfexion Skin Care, our clients are impressively surprised by the before and after look of their skin following microdermabrasion.
  • Length of treatments: This is a quick procedure that takes between 15 to 30 minutes. We recommend following up your microdermabrasion with a facial treatment to add essential nutrients and moisture to your freshly exfoliated skin. Additional time should be considered when adding a facial to your treatment.
  • Typical cost: The cost for microdermabrasion is similar to a facial and ranges between $100 to $200. There may be additional costs if you choose a more comprehensive microdermabrasion plus facial treatment.
  • Considerations: Microdermabrasion is a highly effective acne treatment, but it can be irritating to clients with sensitive skin. You should also avoid getting a microdermabrasion on skin that is cut or broken in any way as this treatment can interfere with healing.

Learn more about diamond microdermabrasion at our Calgary skin clinic >

When to choose chemical peels

Chemical peels are performed by applying a prepping, peeling and a retinol solution to the face. Most chemical peels contain a type of acid, such as glycolic or fruit acid, to dissolve skin cells.

  • Benefits: Similar to diamond microdermabrasion, chemical peels help exfoliate the top layer of skin cells thereby removing unsightly, rough skin cells on the surface of your skin to reveal the even, clear, and healthy skin that lies beneath. This process helps to reduce acne hyperpigmentation marks, even out pitted or indented scars, and clear out pores to prevent future acne breakouts.
  • Length of treatments: Most chemical peel treatments will take about 30 to 45 minutes, as your skin care specialist prepares your skin, applies the peel, and then follows up with a rejuvenating skin soother.
  • Typical costs: The cost for a chemical peel is about the same as microdermabrasion at $100 to $200. A more comprehensive skin treatment session, such as a chemical peel combined with a facial will increase the cost but will also help to improve the results.
  • Considerations: Chemical peels are often the better option for people who have sensitive skin, as there are more options to adjust the potency of the peel to avoid irritating your skin. However, chemical peels may not be a good option for individuals who have extremely sensitive skin or any existing conditions that might impair their skin’s ability to heal. As always, it’s a good idea to discuss the risks of a chemical peel with your skin specialist.

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As effective exfoliation treatments for acne, microdermabrasion and chemical peels can help you achieve beautiful clear skin.

Learn more about how the skin experts at Perfexion Skin Care can help you treat acne with microdermabrasion or chemical peels. Call us today to book a consultation at: 403-686-2403.

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