You may have heard about carbon laser peels or chemical peels and how they can help with one’s acne woes.
A carbon laser peel, also known as the “Hollywood Peel”, uses a carbon cream mask before the laser treatment to absorb impurities.
During the laser treatment, the light from the laser beam breaks down the carbon cream, causing multiple tiny 'explosions' of carbon particles that both exfoliate the skin and remove impurities that the carbon cream has absorbed.
This process also releases a smaller amount of heat, stimulating collagen production, reducing acne inflammation and lightening acne scars.
A chemical peel, on the other hand, is a chemical formulation that is applied to the skin and left for a controlled amount of time to take effect, before being cleansed off.
Both types of peels are great in rejuvenating skin by:
Reducing acne breakouts and inflammation
Controlling oily skin
Minimising pore size and unclogs pores
Lightening pigmentation and acne scars
Improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Exfoliating dead skin cells
Improving skin texture and tone
However, there are a few differences between both types of peels. We break them down for you here:
Method of Achieving Results
While both the carbon laser peel and chemical peel can give similar results, the main difference lies in how these results are achieved.
The carbon laser peel tends to rejuvenate skin via the heat generated from the laser treatment, whereas the chemical peel tends to achieve similar results via a chemical reaction.
As a result of the varying mechanisms, those prone to eczema or who have sensitive skin may be better suited for a carbon laser peel.
Amount of Downtime
Depending on the strength of a chemical peel, there might be a couple of days of downtime – so plan your social calendar accordingly!