Both the Carbon Laser Peel treatment and the Chemical Peel treatment are used to treat acne and oily skin. Each of these methods is popular for different reasons. Currently, the majority of people are leaning toward the Carbon Peel treatment, however, there are certain things that the Chemical Peel treatment can accomplish that it cannot. In the end, we can only give as a run-down of the differences between the two and leave it up to the patient to decide which they want. We strongly recommend that you discuss things with your personal doctor before you come to any decision. Read on to learn the advantages and disadvantages for each of these treatments.
How They Work
The Carbon Laser Peel treatment is achieved by applying carbon to the skin and allowing it to absorb into the various skin layers. When it does this, the laser can be focused onto the carbon particles in your skin. This will destroy both the carbon particles and any debris blocking your pores, leaving your skin smooth and healthy without affecting the surface. The Chemical Peel treatment applies an acidic chemical compound to the skin which will penetrate your epidermis and exfoliate the top layers of your skin. While the Chemical Peel does not affect the lower skin layers as does the Carbon Laser Peel, it does affect the surface of your skin, removing any pigment or impurities there.
After a Carbon Laser Peel treatment you will notice the following immediate results:
- Reduction in pore size
- Increased skin renewal
- More even skin tone and texture
- Improved radiance
- Acne removal
These are the main advantages for the Carbon Peel treatment. Aside from the occasional patient who experiences redness of skin for a couple of hours, this treatment tends to have no side effects of any kind. The Chemical Peel treatment has some different kinds of results, including the following:
- Removal of fine lines
- Removal of acne
- Removal of blackheads
- Smooth skin
- Removes excessive pigmentation
- Removes dull and dark complexion
Because the Chemical Peel focuses more on the skin surface rather than the lower layers, you can see that its effects are aimed more at the removal of surface impurities, as well as any debris in the layers closer to the surface. The downside to these advantages is that the side effects from Chemical Peels take longer to recover than with the Carbon Laser Peel. The most common side effect is redness as well as tender skin for a couple of days. Simply keep your skin out of direct sunlight during this period and your skin will heal itself.
Availability to Patients
The final advantage of the Carbon Laser Peel treatment is that it is available to all, regardless of age, gender, or skin-type. This is because the laser only affects the skin under the surface, rather than on the surface. The Chemical Peel affects your skin’s surface directly, meaning if you have some form of skin problem or just tender skin in general, the Chemical Peel could cause additional side effects, making it far too risky for you to take the procedure.