Facial vs. Chemical Peel
Although many people might use the term facial and chemical peel interchangeably, there is an important difference between the two skin treatments.
A facial is a skin pampering treatment during which your skin is cleansed, hydrated and massaged. During a facial creams appropriate for your skin type will be applied. So for example if your skin is oily or blemish prone, creams to control the oil will be applied. If your skin is dehydrated moisture creams are applied. Serums, masks, light exfoliants and essential oils can be used during a facial. There is no recovery time required after a facial. Typically facials are done at the change of the seasons; between winter and spring, summer and fall, fall and winter.
A Chemical Peel on the other hand is a skin resurfacing treatment. A chemical peel is a procedure where by layers of the skin are removed. There are various types of chemical peels and various depths of exfoliation depending on the peel.
- A superficial peel (Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic)
- A medium depth (TCA, Jessner)
- A deep peel (phenol)
A chemical peel will make a physical change on the skin that a facial will not. A chemical peel will rejuvenate the skin, improve texture, fine lines, reduce age spots, freckles and improve certain types of acne, promote cellular renewal, promote collagen production and tighten the skin.
In our next article we will elaborate more in details about the difference between the a superficial peel, a medium depth peel and a deep peel mentioned above.
If you have any questions about Facial or Chemical Peels we invite you to contact our Montreal Clinic by phone at 514-369-7546. It will be our pleasure to answer your skin treatment questions.