HydraFacial vs Chemical Peels: What is the Difference?


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. Let’s go over two skin treatment options here: hydrafacials and chemical peels.


Hydrafacials are widely regarded as one of the top treatments for skin rejuvenation. The procedure 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 the first step of hydrafacial and is also part of the process for chemical peels, microdermabrasion and facials.

– Gentle Peel

The next step in the hydrafacial process is known as a gentle peel. In the gentle peel process, debris and contaminants on your skin are dislodged while avoiding any irritation to the pores of your skin. After this, the dislodged debris is then drawn out using vortex suction.

– Hydration

The last step is hydration, where a uniquely made hydration serum strengthens, protects and binds your skin. This not only improves your skin’s health but makes it feel great as well. Although HydraFacial treatments are soothing, moisturising, non-invasive and non-irritating; it is important that you find a clinic where expert skin specialists are dedicated to helping you rejuvenate, enhance and maintain a natural look like the qualified and experienced experts at Mira Clinic.

Chemical Peels:

Chemical peels work similarly to hydrafacials, in that the goal is to expose healthy skin. These peels remove the outermost layer of skin; this includes all of the debris and dead skin cells, which leaves a layer of healthy skin below. One place where chemical peels do excel is in evening skin tone and reducing dark spots.

A mild solution is placed over the desired area of the skin. It takes just a few minutes for the chemical peel solution to be absorbed into the upper layers, which are removed, with the healthier layers underneath left perfectly intact. The upper skin layer takes up to a few weeks to regenerate.

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 hydrafacials and chemical peels exfoliate and provide your skin with 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.

Jose Valdez

The author Jose Valdez