Which is better, microdermabrasion or chemical peels?

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I have uneven skin tone and some sun spots on my forehead, nose and cheeks. What should I consider when deciding between microdermabrasion and chemical peels? Based on my concerns, what do you think would be a better option? Or are there other alternatives that I’m not even thinking about?


F, 45, Florida

Both light chemical peels and microdermabrasion is an excellent modalities to exfoliate the skin, allowing newer skin to come to the surface.  Deeper chemical peels have more of a tightening effect on the skin and also serve to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  Both modalities will have some lightening effect on sunspots.  However, those would not be the recommended treatments to target sunspots.  For that, I would recommend IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy.  These devices target reds and browns in the skin based on different wavelengths.  They are extremely effective at treating sunspots.