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Hydrafacial vs chemical peel

If you’re looking for skin treatment products, you’ve got a few options to choose from. However, when making a decision, make sure you do your homework. Different skin care products work in different ways, and with varying degrees of success. We’d like to go over two skin treatment options here: hydrafacials and chemical peels. First, let’s define what each one is, and then we can make a comparison.


Hydrafacials are widely regarded as one of the top treatments for skin rejuvenation. The treatments rolls out in three distinct steps:

  • Exfoliation — This is the process of removing dead skin cells that build up on the outside of your skin. Exfoliation is a part of the process for microdermabrasion, facials, and chemical peels, and is the first step of a hydrafacial.
  • Gentle Peel — The next step in the hydrafacial process is known as a gentle peel. In this process, contaminants and debris on your skin are loosened while avoiding any irritation to your skins pores. After this, the loosened debris is then extracted automatically using vortex suction.
  • Hydration — The final step in the hydrafacial process is hydration, where a specially crafted hydration serum binds, strengthens, and protects your skin. This not only improves your skin’s health, but makes it feel great as well.

Unlike with some other skin treatment options, hydrafacials are pain free and don’t require any downtime after using.

Chemical Peels:

Chemical peels work similarly to hydrafacials, in that the goal is to expose healthy skin. They remove the outermost layer of skin, including all the dead skin cells and debris, leaving a layer of healthy skin underneath. One place where chemical peels do excel is in evening skin tone and reducing dark spots.

When using a chemical peel, a mild solution is placed over the preferred area of the skin. It takes a few minutes for the solution to be absorbed into the upper layers, which are removed, with the healthier layers underneath left in tact. The top layer of your skin generally takes a few weeks to regenerate, during which time it’s recommended to wait before another chemical peel session.

Which is right for you?

Hydrafacials are a much more thorough and extensive skin care treatment than chemical peels, with the added benefit of the hydration serum on your skin. Both products exfoliate and give your skin a gentle peel. While chemical peels do perform well for evening skin tone and removing dark spots on certain types of skin, there are common side effects of itching, burning, and flaking of the skin after use, especially in those with sensitive skin. Because of this, it is generally recommended to at least begin with a hydrafacial treatment over a chemical peel.

Here at Skinworx, we offer result-driven skin treatments to get your skin looking younger, clearer, and more vital. If you’re looking for hydrafacials in San Francisco, you should consider becoming a member with us. If you have any questions about our skin care products, or our membership options, please don’t hesitate to give one of our friendly representatives a call today.

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