Dead skin cells affect millions of people every day. What seems like a few flakes on the skin could be as simple as dry skin or as complex as a serious medical problem. Either way, both cause the skin to look dry and dull, which is my most might be staring hard at you when you encounter them. Rest assured there are treatments for this issue. We will examine two of them: Microdermabrasion and skin peel.
What is Microdermabrasion?
It is a process of deep cleaning the skin by vacuuming it and removing the already inactive skin. This allows newer skin cells to grow, thus, creating healthier and vibrant skin. Imagine becoming a different person and getting more smiles and friendly stares by just having healthier skin? Exfoliation is the most evasive treatment for skin problems. No surgery and you can go home the same day. It promotes healthy skin and texture.
What is A Chemical Skin Peel?
Like typical exfoliants, chemical peels generally conditions like discoloration, scars, wrinkles and deep lines caused by aging or another situation. The result is the skin looks fresher and cleaner, as opposed to bland and unattractive. There are three types: Superficial, medium and deep. All three use a chemical called tricholoracetic acid or TCA. It is the main agent that peels the dead or bruised skin from the oily packets that are connected to the epidermis. Salicylic acid is the secondary compound used for them.
How Does Each Differ?
The difference between microdermabrasion and chemical skin peels is the former uses air to remove excess skin. The latter uses a chemical compound to do the same thing. The solution works its way into the dermis and epidermis to break the oily cells that holds dead skin, releasing it through the pores. Simply wipe the substance after use and clean the skin with warm water and soap. Both can be used at home.
How Both Affects Us
There are side effects with both treatments. The most common are darker skin blotches, irritation around the treatment area, burning sensations and a few restless nights. Both would require multiple treatment sessions to complete the job, even though most people have claimed significant results after the first go-around.
What If I have Skin Cancer or A Genetic Disorder?
It is best to consult a licensed physician or a dermatologist, if you either have skin cancer or a genetic disorder. One with a genuine desire to help their patients and the expertise to accurately treat skin abrasions are the minimal requirements, if you’re not seeing one right now. In some cases, TCA skin peels or dermabrasions can reduce the depth of the blotches. Other times, I will have minimal effect, depending on the skin’s health and genetics. Albinos are the best examples of genetics gone wrong (at least skinwise.)