Chemical Peel versus Photofacial: Which Is Best for Me?

If you’re looking for ways to improve your complexion, there are no shortage of options. But not all those choices are effective, and not all of them are safe. It's important to do your research and make sure you partner with qualified aesthetic professionals who can evaluate your skin condition, listen to your aesthetic goals, and recommend the best treatment that addresses all your concerns.

People throughout Brighton, Michigan and the surrounding communities have come to rely on our team of specialists here at Gago Wellness. We offer a full line of skin-improving technologies that target specific issues. Here’s what you need to know about chemical peels and photofacials to make your decision clearer.

Comparing chemical peels and photofacials

Chemical peels and photofacials both solve some similar skin problems that crop up from sun exposure, lifestyle, and aging, although in very different ways. The best way to nail down your choice is to schedule a consultation with our team so we can evaluate your skin issues and customize a treatment plan. Until then, here are some things to consider.

Know how your facial treatment works

Whichever treatment you choose, it’s important to know what’s happening to your skin and why it works on certain issues and not others, so you can make an informed decision.

How chemical peels work

Chemical peels rely on the power of acid to strip a layer (or more) from your skin. When the layer falls off, so do the problems within that layer, including dark spots, wrinkles, and even acne. If you have the beginnings of fine lines and wrinkles, we may recommend a light peel that addresses superficial issues, but if your blemishes are deeper, we use stronger acids for a medium or deep peel treatment.

How photofacials work

Photofacial is the umbrella term for intense-pulsed light (IPL) technology, which uses the power of light to penetrate your skin and target imperfections from the inside out. Here at Gago Wellness, we use Forever Young BroadBand Light™ (BBL) for its versatility and effectiveness.

We hover a hand-held device over the surface of your skin as it emits wavelengths of light that we precisely control. These pulses of light zero in on three targets: pigments (to zap brown spots and patches and hair follicles), hemoglobin (to rid you of redness), and water (to trigger collagen and elastin production, eliminating wrinkles). 

What are your primary skin issues?

There’s a lot of overlap when it comes to what chemical peels and BBL treatments can tackle. They both address fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, melasma, rough texture, acne, and minor scars. They both stimulate the production of collagen. 

But if you have rosacea or other ruddy complexion issues, large pores, unwanted hair, or sagging skin, Forever Young BBL is the better bet.

What’s your skin type?

Fair-skinned people tend to respond well to both treatments, but darker skin tones are susceptible to discoloration. This risk can be reduced or avoided in the hands of experienced professionals like our team. We adjust the quantity and types of acids in your chemical peel and control the intensity of the light waves in your BBL treatment to ensure you walk away with smoother, clearer, younger-looking skin.

How much time do you have?

Whether you choose BBL or chemical peels, you won’t have to carve too much time out of your schedule for your treatment. You can get either one done in less than half an hour. But when it comes to recovery time, it’s a different story.

A superficial or medium peel can take a few days to completely slough off, and you have some redness, swelling, and flaky skin to deal with. But once healing is complete, you have a fresh new layer of skin to show off.

Deep chemical peels can take up to two weeks for full recovery. You need to keep your skin protected from the sun during this time, by staying indoors, in the shade, or covered.

BBL leaves you with some slight redness that dissipates within a couple of hours. You’re free to go about your daily routine, including wearing makeup. 

Better together

If you’re still confused about which treatment to choose, we have the perfect solution — combine them. 

By far, the best feature about both chemical peels and photofacials is that they work well together. Depending on your skin condition and aesthetic goals, we may recommend a chemical peel in between BBL treatments throughout the year to maintain optimal skin health and vitality.

Final notes

The bottom line is that you can’t go wrong with either chemical peels or BBL as long as they’re administered by qualified professionals. Call us at 810-315-6863, or book your first consultation online so we can meet with you and match you with the right skin treatment for your needs. 


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