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Laser VS. Chemical Peels: Which is Best for You?

The words “chemical” and “laser” aren’t typically things we think of when considering skincare. However, both of these elements are crucial to facial peels! Chemical and laser peels are two prevalent skin treatments doctors perform to help a myriad of skin problems. The uses and types of peels are pretty extensive. Most commonly, facial peels are used to help treat acne, scars, sun damage, wrinkles, and pigmentation. So what’s the difference between chemical and laser peels? We’re going to break down the key factors of each one and what they best treat.

Chemical Peel:

As the name suggests, a chemical peel is composed of a solution of acids. This treatment is often compared to an exfoliate because they work similarly. Chemical peels heal the skin by ridding it of dead and damaged skin cells, making way for new, healthy ones to come through. This type of peel is excellent for surface level issues such as acne, redness, minor scarring, and wrinkles. 

The process of a chemical peel is quite simple and comparable to a face mask. The peel is curated in a liquid form that is directly applied to the skin. After it’s left on for around 20 minutes, it is washed off or subdued with another solution.

Laser Peel:

Like most light-based treatments, this peel uses heat to rid the skin of discoloration and disfigurations while also encouraging new cells to form or heal the skin. Lasers are most effective at targeting a specific area of the skin. They work by carefully removing layers of the skin one at a time. How deep the laser goes into the skin depends on the desired outcome of the treatment. A laser peel can change more than just the skin’s surface level blemishes. Because laser peels can reach more in-depth areas of the skin, they are best for profound wrinkles, veins, scars, and deep-seated pigmentation. 

A laser peel works by using heat to cause chemical reactions within the skin. The process varies from a chemical peel in that it can treat particular areas of the face differently than other sections of the face. The feeling of the laser is comparable to a quick shock followed by light tingling.

The downtime of both of these varying peels differs based on the extremity of the treatment. A light chemical peel may only require a few days of rest, causing inflamed skin for less than a week. On the other hand, a deeper peel can lead to swelling and redness for up to two weeks. Laser peels, however, do not cause as much irritation to the skin. Patients typically feel warm and sometimes experience inflammation after a treatment, but these effects typically only last for a day. 

The right peel can bring a smoother, healthy glow to your skin. If you are interested in a facial peel, call us to set up a complimentary consultation so that we can discuss the best option for you!