• Jonith Breadon, MD

Chemical peel or microdermabrasion? Dermatologist in Chicago, IL compares downtime

Seeing a dewy-fresh, radiant complexion when you look in the mirror gives a tremendous boost to your self-esteem. Today, men as well as women, have options to improve their complexions. But who has time for downtime? Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Jonith Breadon, shares this insight into two popular choices for patients in Chicago, IL – chemical peeland microdermabrasion.

The difference between chemical peels and microdermabrasion

Both techniques remove damaged skin cells at the superficial (and sometimes deeper) layers, improving pigmentation irregularities, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, and other complexion flaws. However, the mechanism of action is different. Peels use chemical formulations to exfoliate, while surface skin is removed by mechanical means with microdermabrasion.

In the hands of an experienced clinician, both methods are safe and effective. Dr. Breadon considers many factors including skin type, medical status, rejuvenation goals, lifestyle, and schedule of the patient before recommending treatment.

More about chemical peel

This procedure involves applying a chemical solution to cleansed skin, then gently removing it and protecting the complexion while healing occurs.

Many people think of ablative peels in this context. Phenol peels aggressively treat severe sun damage, wrinkles, and acne scarring by penetrating deep skin layers. Deep peels are effective, but have an intense healing phase including swelling, redness, peeling, and sun avoidance for up to six months. Most people simply cannot take two weeks off work and social activities for this recovery period.

Dr. Breadon suggests non-ablative peels to target skin problems at a cellular level. They dissolve dead epidermal cells and detoxify, without damage to underlying skin structures. Peels draw out impurities and stimulate circulation.


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There is no downtime with mild peels. In fact, many people make this a monthly part of their healthy skin regimen. Medium peels require up to a week of recovery time, but results can be maintained with fewer re-treatments. Mild and medium peels utilize naturally occurring components such as:

Glycolic acid, derived from sugar.

Lactic acid, which occurs naturally in the human body. It can be obtained from milk (Remember reading about Cleopatra’s beauty baths?) or formulated in a laboratory.

Hydroxy acids from fruits.

Some peels include a combination of these acids, as well as ingredients like salicylic acid (for acne) and resorcinol, which breaks down rough skin and has antiseptic properties.

Dr. Breadon and her team at Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery have hand-picked a range of peel products to ensure the best outcome for each patient’s unique complexion.

Peels are quite versatile, addressing skin issues such as:

Acne breakouts.

Clogged pores, blackheads, and whiteheads.

Acne scarring and discoloration.

Enlarged pores.

Premature signs of aging – lines, wrinkles, and lax skin.

Hyperpigmentation, including melasma.

Sun damage, freckles, and brown spots.

Dehydrated, dull, or smoker’s skin.Keratin cysts (milia).

Rough skin texture.

Benefits of microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion accomplishes similar goals, without the use of chemicals. This treatment gently resurfaces the complexion with use of a diamond-tipped instrument. With a series of treatments, microdermabrasion gently sands away imperfections.

Microdermabrasion is popular with our patients for these reasons:

It is a brief procedure (an hour or less) with no downtime. You can return to work or normal activities right away, and wear makeup the next day.

Microdermabrasion is not painful – just a slight warming sensation as dead cells are sloughed away.

Safe for darker skin tones.

Does not change natural base pigmentation of skin (deeper peels can have this side effect).

Enhances penetration of topical serums and creams. Our infusion technique prompts maximum hydration and rejuvenation after skin is exfoliated.

Treatment produces thicker, healthier skin with higher collagen and elastin levels.

Can be used to treat rosacea.

Improvement is noticeable after the first treatment, and skin immediately feels softer.

Performed by a qualified professional, the only side effect is increased sun sensitivity, and we recommend daily sun protection anyway, to maintain beautiful results.

Why choose a Board-certified dermatologist?

Dr. Breadon’s initial skin analysis is essential in choosing the best technique for your skin type. She is qualified to accurately diagnose and treat medical skin conditions before a peel or microdermabrasion is done, and to oversee the aesthetician’s care. That helps to ensure your satisfaction with the outcome and minimize risk of side effects.

Call (855) 400-3818 to schedule your healthy skin consultation.

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