Microdermabrasion or chemical peels are two procedures that slough off the topmost layer of dead skin cells. Although they are used for the same purpose, they have different risks and benefits. Some can damage the skin and can cause dark spots called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. However, this is a rare side effect, and only 4% of African Americans suffered from any side effects.
Microdermabrasion, or crystal microdermabrasion, is an incredibly safe procedure that helps to remove dead skin cells without damaging the surface of the skin. The procedure uses a handheld device to blast away dead skin cells. After it is complete, your skin will be left with a fresh layer of skin.
Microdermabrasion works by exfoliating the surface layer of skin using fine crystals. This removes dull, dead skin cells, making the skin appear more youthful. The procedure can be used on any skin type and poses little risk of side effects. At-home devices do not provide as good of results as professional microdermabrasion, mainly because they have less power to penetrate deeply into the skin.
Crystal microdermabrasion has been around for many years. Using a fine crystal, the crystal tip is blown across the surface of the skin. The dead skin cells are then vacuumed away. In addition to removing dead skin cells, microdermabrasion also makes applying makeup and other products more effective.
The treatment is similar to a chemical peel but uses crystals instead of acid. A medium chemical peel can significantly lighten hyperpigmentation in a single session, but can require up to two weeks of downtime. It’s also effective for treating melasma, which is a form of hyperpigmentation caused by chronically overactive melanocytes.
Microdermabrasion is more gentle than chemical peels, but you can still get a negative reaction if it’s overdone. Because of the fine crystals used in microdermabrasion, you should only opt for a chemical peel if you’re unable to get rid of dark spots on your skin. You should also be aware that chemical peels aren’t for everyone, especially if you’re dark-skinned. A chemical peel can result in scarring, so choosing the right treatment depends on your skin type and desired results.
While both treatments are effective, the effects of a chemical peel will take several days to appear. After the procedure, the skin will be prone to flaking and will require special care for seven to fourteen days. In addition, chemical peels require more maintenance than microdermabrasion.
Before deciding on a chemical peel or microdermabrasion for black skin, you must know whether you need a deep chemical peel or a medium microdermabrasion. Generally, chemical peels are better for those with deeper skin conditions. In addition, both treatments require multiple sessions. In addition, a microdermabrasion procedure may not be suitable for sensitive skin. If you have a lot of acne and want a deeper treatment, a medium-depth chemical peel is best for you.
Microdermabrasion and chemical peel for black skin are both safe procedures that can improve the appearance of your skin. Both procedures use a chemical solution to exfoliate the skin and promote collagen production. There are three strengths of chemical peels available: light, medium, and deep. The light chemical peel is best for acne spotting and uneven pigmentation, while medium and deep chemical peels are better for deeper wrinkles and scarring.
Superficial chemical peels
Superficial chemical peels for black skin are relatively safe, but there are some important precautions you should be aware of before getting one. First, you should be aware of your skin’s sensitivity. This is important because chemical peels can damage or burn your skin. Also, you should not use harsh scrubs or exfoliating procedures before getting a chemical peel. They may increase the strength of the peel. Also, you should avoid using certain acne medications or retinol products because they can thin the top layers of skin.
Generally, a superficial chemical peel will contain a combination of BHAs and AHAs, ranging from 10% to 30%. Superficial peels will also contain tretinoin, which is a popular ingredient in many skin care products. Generally, dermatologists use a stronger concentration of TCA in their chemical peels than in other types of peels.
Another reason why superficial chemical peels for black skin are the best option is because they are not as aggressive as other types of chemical peels. In fact, people of color should avoid deep peels, as they can lead to severe scarring. However, superficial chemical peels are safe for most skin types, and they can help you achieve beautiful results.
Before getting a chemical peel, it is important to clean your face thoroughly and avoid wearing makeup. Your physician may prescribe a pre-treatment cream, such as glycolic acid or hydroquinone, to help protect your skin. You should also take oral antibiotics the day before the procedure. Depending on how deep the chemical peel is, you may experience redness for weeks to months afterward.
A superficial chemical peel can also help with acne. The acid content of a superficial peel should be at least 20 percent. This will help to remove superficial pigment while leaving your skin with a smooth post-peel texture. This peel should also reduce the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Before undergoing a chemical peel, you should thoroughly review your medical history. Your doctor will ask about your medications and other cosmetic procedures. The doctor will also examine your skin. This helps them determine which type of peel will work best for you. Also, be sure to talk to your doctor about the reasons for the peel, the risks, and what you hope to get out of it.
Aside from the benefits of a chemical peel, it also has several risks. The procedure may cause a return of melasma in darker skin. In addition, it can damage the skin’s genetic makeup, so it is crucial that you discuss these risks with your dermatologist.
Chemical peels are an effective way to improve the color of your skin and reduce freckles. A 2012 study compared two types of chemical peels, and the authors found that both types were effective in reducing freckles.
Pre- and post-treatment regimens
Before and after treatment, the skin should be cleansed with a mild cleanser, moisturizer, and physical SPF 30+. For several days after the procedure, patients should avoid direct sun exposure. They should use a broad-brimmed hat to protect the treated area. After two weeks, they may use makeup as normal.
Following the treatment, patients can use a retinoid cream or serum to restore skin elasticity and improve the look of the treated area. Pre and post-treatment regimens are important to prevent complications and ensure the best possible results. Some patients may experience scabbing or redness following the procedure. If these effects occur, patients should contact Dr. Kyle’s office to get proper care instructions.
For chemical peeling, patients should wash their skin thoroughly before the procedure. The physician may also prescribe a topical product for the skin before the treatment. These include Retinol pads and Urban Skin Rx Even Tone Cream.
During and after microdermabrasion, patients should use a moisturizer and sunscreen to maintain skin health. In addition, they should wear a hat or a sun protective cream when outdoors. It’s important to note that chemical peels require a series of treatments to achieve optimal results.
Chemical peels are a popular minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment. They can trigger collagen production and address pigmentation problems. The process can also be used to reduce the appearance of scars and discoloration. However, it’s important to understand the procedure and follow it properly afterward.
Chemical peels are not for everyone. It can be painful and cause stinging and burning. Thankfully, there are now non-irritating acid peels, which are more mild and don’t leave your skin feeling raw. They also result in smoother, softer, and brighter skin. These peels can also help reduce fine lines, discoloration, and acne.
The results of this study show that microdermabrasion and chemical peels have comparable scar improvement at week 32 compared to combined chemical peeling and skin needling. However, the researchers noted that a combination of the two treatments can provide better results than either individually.
It is important to know the risks and benefits of chemical peels and microdermabrasion before scheduling one. If you have a history of disfiguring skin, dermabrasion may not be the best option for you. This procedure should not be used on inactive skin, as it could cause scarring.
After chemical peel, a pre-treatment regimen is critical to avoid post-peel complications. A pre-treatment cream with high SPF is recommended. Afterward, you should apply sunscreen with a high SPF and avoid exposure to the sun during peak UV hours. In addition, you should wear a sun hat to prevent sunburn after a chemical peel treatment.
Microneedling is a non-invasive alternative to chemical peels and microdermabrasion. It has been FDA-approved for use on facial skin with enlarged pores, stretch marks, and acne scars. A series of five or six sessions, four to six weeks apart, are recommended for best results.