There are many skin care treatments out there to address sun damage, sunspots, lines, and other skin flaws. Chemical Peels and Collagen Induction Therapy are two very popular skin treatments that have been around for years and are very effective for treating skin concerns, but what’s the difference? Let’s dive into these treatments so that you can make a more educated choice when it comes to receiving skin treatments.
A chemical peel uses chemical exfoliants to remove damaged layers of the skin. Chemical peels vary in strength which makes them customizable to everyone’s concerns and current life situations. Like most non-invasive facial treatments, chemical peels do need to be performed as a series of treatments based on the amount and depth of the damage being treated. Chemical peel blends are different based on what is being addressed. Peels can be done from light to medium when done by an experienced esthetician. Actual “peeling” and social downtime will increase when done with a deeper peel.
You should consider a chemical peel if you are experiencing:
- Hyperpigmentation, brown spots, melasma
- Acne/acne scars
- Fine lines
- Uneven skin tone
- Rough texture
Chemical peel benefits:
- Deep exfoliation
- Smoother, tighter, brighter skin
- Improved texture
- Improved skin tone
- Clearer Skin
Collagen Induction Therapy otherwise known as “microneedling” uses a pen-like device with very tiny needles that penetrate the skin to create controlled micro-injuries that induce the skin’s natural repair process. With the micro-injuries, the body treats them the same way as a large wound by sending fibroblasts to heal and create new collagen, new healthy skin. With this repair process, it thickens the epidermis and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which strengthens and improves skin texture. To enhance results, topical serums can be applied and enter the skin through the micro-channels during the needling process, allowing the serums to penetrate deep into the skin.
Collagen Induction Therapy benefits:
- Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improved skin tone and texture
- Stimulates collagen and elastin
- Reduction of scars and stretch marks
Which Skin Care Treatment Is Right for Me?
Both treatments can be right for an individual. When correcting skin damage or concerns it is usually best to do multiple treatments over a series of time to correct issues. Oftentimes, individuals are treated with one or both treatments for total facial rejuvenation. Ultimately it is best to consult and determine a treatment path with your skin specialist. When addressing pigmentation, it is best to treat with chemical peels and home care that addresses pigmentation. Collagen induction therapy will help improve tone when creating new skin, but it is not best to address brown spots or pigmentation.
Reducing Scars with Skin Care Treatments
If you have acne scars or other uneven textural flaws, collagen induction therapy and chemical peels work together to reduce the appearance of these scars. An individual may start with a series of chemical peels first because chemical peels do a great job at removing damaged layers of the skin. Once these damage layers are addressed, microneedling can be done to improve the scaring further with collagen production, ultimately filling in indentations with new healthy skin.
Addressing Sun Damage with Skin Treatments
Sun damage isn’t doesn’t just show up in the form of brown spots or hyperpigmentation. Sun damage also causes the skin to create redness, wrinkles, and lax skin. In this case, a series of chemical peels would be done first to safely exfoliate the damaged layers of the skin, making the new layer smoother and clearer. If you want to take it a step further, a series of microneedling treatments can be done to restore collagen production that has been affected by the sun.
During a skin consultation, our experienced master aestheticians will go over your concerns and evaluate your skin before making a proper recommendation and plan. Chemical peels and microneedling treat many of the same skin concerns, however each treatment really is unique and works very differently than one another. Your provider may even recommend something more aggressive like a laser treatment. It is always best to start with medical grade skin care to keep your healthy daily for years to come, it will also prepare your skin for skin care treatments.
Are you experiencing skin damage or signs of aging? Schedule a skin consultation with one of UFP Aesthetics skin care specialists to get educated and determine a plan that works for you. Our estheticians pride themselves on helping others and receiving results through care and maintenance. Utah Facial Plastics is a one stop shop for all of your facial and hair rejuvenation needs. Please contact our Draper or Layton, Utah offices at (801)776-2220.