Carbon Laser Peel VS Chemical Peel

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Carbon Laser Peel VS Chemical Peel

Both the carbon laser peel and the chemical peel are darlings when it comes to skincare. They are effective for acne and have anti-aging benefits as well. They may take care of almost the same problems but are very different from each other. Let us take a look at them individually then compare them against each other to know the differences.

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Carbon Laser Peel

Carbon laser peel also known as the ‘Hollywood peel’ is one of the most popular treatments used for treating oily skin, acne, wrinkles, and deep fine lines. It is usually done on specific areas such as around the mouth, eyes, or on the whole surface of the patient’s face. It gets rid of the outer damaged skin and leaves you with smoother and softer skin. The carbon laser peel stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin for younger-looking skin.

During the treatment, a layer of liquid carbon is applied on the skin and as it seeps into the skin pores, laser beams destroy it. The dead skin cells and other contaminants are removed.

Ideal Candidate for Carbon Laser Peel

You are an ideal candidate for the carbon laser peel if;

  • You have wrinkles and fine lines due to aging
  • You are battling acne or oily skin
  • The environmental factors such as the sun are taking a toll on you
  • You have an uneven skin tone
  • You have Hyperpigmentation
  • Your facial scars are bothering you
  • You have other skin lesions and imperfections

Benefits of Carbon Laser Peel

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  1. Boosts collagen production

Collagen is produced in the deep layer of the skin and it helps in maintaining the body structure. Carbon laser peel treatment helps in promoting collagen production making the skin firmer because the skin cells will be regenerating more quickly.

  1. Skin Rejuvenation

Once the dead skin cells and debris from the pores are removed, the skin becomes radiant and brighter. Carbon laser peels make you look younger since the rejuvenation is immediate.

  1. Cleanses Pores

Skin pores are designed to clean themselves but at times they get clogged with oil and dirt that a regular facial cannot get rid of. This eventually leads to acne. The carbon laser peel cleanses the skin by completely removing all the built-up oil and dirt. The heat from the laser shrinks the oil-producing sebaceous glands and also kills the bacteria which causes acne breakouts. Shrinking the sebaceous glands ensures that less oil is produced. Carbon laser peel not only gets rid of acne but also prevents it.

  1. It is a quick procedure

A carbon laser peel treatment takes only five to ten minutes to complete and there is no discomfort or any form of pain.

  1. No Downtime

The procedure is pain-free and there is no recovery time. The patient can go back to his/her normal day to day activities immediately after the treatment.

  1. Exfoliating

The carbon laser peel not only gets rid of dead skin cells but also blasts away blackheads thus exfoliating the skin. As a result, the skin looks radiant, softer, and even-toned. Carbon laser peels can also reduce pore size.


A chemical peel is a popular skincare treatment that is used to improve the skin of the face, neck, and hands by using a chemical solution. It exfoliates the upper layer of the skin getting rid of the dead skin cells and leaves a smoother, firmer, and younger-looking skin. The chemical peel is used to treat acne scars, aging skin, age spots, crow’s feet, melasma, shallow scars, hyperpigmentation, sagging skin, wrinkles, and sun-damaged skin.

There are three types of chemical peels namely;

  1. Superficial or lunchtime peel
  2. Medium peel
  3. Deep peel

The type of chemical peel to be used will depend on the clinician’s analysis of your skin.

Superficial or Lunchtime Peel

This type of chemical peel uses alpha-hydroxy acid or a mild acid to gently exfoliate the outer layer of the skin. This treatment refreshes the face, neck, chest, and hands as well as improves the appearance of rough skin and treats skin discoloration.

Medium Peel

This type of peel uses trichloroacetic or glycolic acid which penetrates the outer and middle layers of the skin removing damaged skin cells in the process. It improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, freckles and some skin discoloration and smooths out the rough skin. It is also sometimes used to treat precancerous skin growths such as actinic keratosis.

Deep Peel

This type of chemical peel uses either phenol or trichloroacetic acid which deeply penetrates the middle layer of the skin and gets rid of damaged skin cells. This treatment gets rid of freckles, age spots, and shallow scars. However, it can only be performed on the face and can be done once.

Ideal Candidate for Chemical Peels

Since the chemical peel is very sensitive to the skin, it is important to note what makes you an ideal candidate for it. It works well on fair-skinned and light-haired individuals. You are not the ideal candidate for a chemical peel if;

  • You have any active skin disease or infection
  • Your skin is broken or cut or you have sunburns
  • You have herpes simplex 1 sores
  • You are pregnant or nursing
  • You have taken Accutane in the last six months
  • You have used skin lightening or bleaching products in the last 48 hours
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The Downtime

Superficial peels take about one to seven days to heal and cream is usually applied to the treated area since it might scale and get red. Applying sunscreen is a must on a daily basis.

Medium peels take one to two weeks to heal and the skin is usually swollen and red for the first 38 hours and the eyelids may swell and shut. There may also be blisters and crusts form and peel off. The skin must be soaked for a certain period, followed by ointment application and antiviral medication. A follow-up appointment is a must and avoiding the sun completely is also necessary until you are fully healed.

Deep peels take about two to three weeks to heal and the treated area is usually bandaged. The treated area is soaked 4-6 times a day followed by an ointment application. Moisturizer is applied followed by antiviral medication. It is necessary to totally avoid the sun for the next three to six months after the treatment and follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor the healing progress.

Note: Avoid smoking and sun exposure after a chemical peel as they can cause infections or scarring.

Benefits of a Chemical Peel

  • Stimulates collagen and elastin production
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Treats sun damage
  • Clears breakouts
  • Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
  • Hydrates the skin
  • Gets rid of superficial scars

Differences between Carbon Laser Peel and Chemical Peel

  • Carbon laser peel rejuvenates the skin via heat from the laser while a chemical peel rejuvenates the skin through the use of a chemical solution.
  • Carbon laser peel is suitable for people with sensitive skin while a chemical peel is not.
  • There is no downtime when it comes to carbon laser peel but you have to rearrange your calendar when it comes to a chemical peel because it requires downtime.

Final Thoughts

Both peels offer almost the same result but the main difference lies in how the results are achieved. You can choose any of them depending upon your skin requirements and condition. We suggest you consult a skin specialist before selecting any procedure. For this purpose, visit Dubai Cosmetic Surgery® and get a free consultation. You can also book an appointment by filling the form given below.

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