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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 skin care. They are great when it comes to acne treatment and anti-aging benefits among other skin issues. They may take care of almost the same problems but they are very different from each other. Let us take a look at them individually then compare them against each other so as to know the differences.


Carbon laser peel also known as the ‘Hollywood peel’ is one of the most popular treatments used for treating oily, 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 a smoother and softer skin. The carbon laser peel helps in the stimulation of new collagen and elastin for a 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 and in the process dead skin cells and other contaminants are removed.

The Ideal Candidate for a 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 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 more 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 is left looking radiant and brighter thus rejuvenating the skin. This leaves you looking and feeling younger since the rejuvenation is immediate.

  1. Cleanses Pores

Skin pores are designed to clean themselves but because at times they can get clogged with oil and dirt that a regular facial cannot get rid of the flow of natural fluids through the pores is restricted. This eventually leads to acne. The carbon laser peel cleanses the skin completely of all the built up oil and dirt. The heat from the laser shrinks the oil-producing sebaceous glands and also kill the bacteria which cause acne breakouts. Shrinking the sebaceous glands ensures that less oil is produced. Because of this carbon laser peel not only gets rid of acne but prevents it also.

  1. It is a quick procedure

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

  1. No Downtime

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

  1. Exfoliating

The carbon laser peel not only gets rid of dead skin cells but also blasts away blackheads thus exfoliating the skin. This leaves the skin looking radiant, softer, even toned and with reduced pore size.


A chemical peel is a popular skin care treatment that is used to improve the skin appearance on the face, neck and hands through the use of a chemical solution. It exfoliates the upper layer of the skin getting rid of the dead skin cells and leaving 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 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 skin only. This treatment refreshes the face, neck, chest and hands as well as improving the appearance of rough skin and skin discoloration.

Medium Peel

This type of peel uses trichloroacetic or glycolic acid and it 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 as well as smoothing out 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 tricholoracetic acid which deeply penetrate 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.

Since the chemical peel is very sensitive to the skin it is important to note what does not qualify you to be a 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

The Downtime

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Superficial peels take about one to seven days to heal and cream is usually applied to the treated area since it might scale and be 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 peel take about two to three weeks to heal and the treated 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 appointment are necessary to monitor the healing progress.

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 break outs
  • 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 the heat from the laser while a chemical peel rejuvenates the skin through the use of a chemical reaction
  • carbon lase 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 of the downtime

Both peels offer almost the same result but the main difference lies on how the results are achieved.

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