At the Victorian Dermal Group, we deal with a full range of skin ailments, ranging from the severe to the mild. To treat these, we prescribe many treatments and some of our most popular ones are peels. We have found that many of our clients seem to be confused between what a peel provides and what a facial offers, so we have decided to clear up exactly what a peel and facial is, and how they differ from each other:
- A peel exfoliates a layer of your skin, while a facial only acts on the surface.
Not all damage to your skin is bad, and when you go for a Glycolic, Salicylic, Mandelic or Modified Jessner peel you are intentionally and harmlessly exfoliating your skin to remove its outer layers and reveal the healthy skin underneath. When you go for a facial, the mask will be placed on your face for a period of time and then wiped off afterwards, without removing any skin and relying on the active ingredients to penetrate through your skin’s layers.
- A peel offers a more drastic result than a facial
The reason so many women opt for facials before big events is that it is a great way to look younger and fresher without drastically changing your appearance. However, the result will not be as drastic as a peel. Depending on the depth of a peel, you could remove acne scarring, pigmentation and wrinkles and sun damage permanently. Even the gentlest peel, such as a Mesoestetic Lactic Peel, can offer quite a drastic result.
- The downtime for a peel is much longer than a facial
When done correctly, you should not break out after a facial, as you should have been administered products matched to your skin type, gentle extractions, and a cooling down/recovery process, especially if you have acne, rosacea or psoriasis. On the other hand, you can expect a more drastic reaction from a peel, which could leave your face with some degree of redness and peeling.
Facials and peels both have a place in your skincare regime, but both offer different things. Make sure you know what results you are after before committing to either.