Both microdermabrasion and a skin peel do the same thing – exfoliate the skin.

They both remove the dead skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis. The easiest way to maintain healthy skin is by keeping it free and clear of dead skin cells – making exfoliation critical to your regular skincare routine. Your serums will penetrate better to really enable them to work most effectively, and make-up applies more smoothly, plus your skin becomes more radiant as it isn’t dulled by dry, old cells.

The main difference between microdermabrasion and chemical peels is that they are two different types of exfoliation:

microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliation that uses friction, while chemical peels are a chemical exfoliation dissolving the dead skin cells.



Microdermabrasion is a technique that physically exfoliates the skin surface by vacuuming away dead skin cells from the epidermis, using fine crystals to exfoliate at the same time.  This then promotes the healthy growth of new skin cells


  • improves skin tone and texture;
  • helps reduce superficial scars;
  • minimizes blotchy skin;
  • and fights off unwanted signs of aging.


Microdermabrasion is safe and effective for most skin types and tones. This treatment is non-invasive, pain-free and requires zero downtime.

The feedback we get is that our guest’s skin glows and looks younger only after one treatment! Long-term results are much more likely when microdermabrasion treatments are completed in a series.



Just like microdermabrasion, peels are used to treat:

  • fine lines and wrinkles;
  • discoloration caused by sun damage;
  • reduce the appearance of superficial scars;
  • clear up breakouts;
  • and improve the overall look and feel of the skin.


The biggest difference between the two treatments is how the dead skin cells are removed from the skin. A chemical peel is a form of chemical exfoliation that uses a chemical solution to dissolve the connection that holds dead skin cells together on the epidermis. The dead skin cells then shed or flake off, revealing smoother and healthier skin underneath. Even though clients report that their skin looks noticeably brighter, more even and smoother after only one treatment, a series of treatments is recommended for long-term results.

At Forme Spa we have a range of peels including salicylic, glycolic, and lactic at varying strengths.  You may experience some superficial flaking but certainly not a full face shed like a snake.  It’s best to discuss your expectations with your therapist and we will recommend the very best solution for you.

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