Aesthetic Treatments
BY: LBL Team

Hydrafacial vs Chemical Peels: Which One Is Better?

Differences between Hydrafacials and chemical peels

When it comes to achieving that coveted radiant glow, the skincare world offers many different treatments. Among the most popular are Hydrafacials and chemical peels. But which one is truly better for your skin? Let’s learn more about the details of both treatments to help you make an informed decision and reach your SkinFitness™ goals.

What’s a Hydrafacial?

A Hydrafacial is a non-invasive, multi-step treatment that combines the benefits of next-level hydradermabrasion, a chemical peel, automated painless extractions, and a special delivery of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and peptides. This comprehensive approach is designed to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, and hydrate the skin all in one treatment.

How does it work?

The Hydrafacial device uses a unique Vortex-Fusion delivery system to exfoliate, extract, and hydrate the skin. Here’s a breakdown of the process step by step:

  • Cleansing and Exfoliation: The treatment starts with a gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and reveal a fresh new layer of skin.
  • Acid Peel: Unlike traditional chemical peels that can leave your skin stinging, Hydrafacial’s glycolic and salicylic acid peel is gentle and provides a light chemical peel experience.
  • Extraction: A painless, automated extraction process removes impurities from pores using a vacuum-like device.
  • Hydration: The skin is then infused with intensive moisturizers and nourishing serums.
  • Protection: Antioxidants and peptides are applied to the skin to protect and ensure a lasting glow.

Benefits of Hydrafacials

  • Instant Results: One of the biggest advantages of a Hydrafacial is that it delivers immediate results with no downtime. Your skin looks refreshed, plumped, and glowing right after the treatment.
  • Customizable: The treatment can be tailored to address specific skin concerns such as acne, fine lines, and wrinkles.
  • Suitable for All Skin Types: Whether you have sensitive, oily, or dry skin, Hydrafacials are gentle enough to cater to all skin types.

What’s a chemical peel?

A chemical peel involves applying a solution to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new skin underneath is typically smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

How does it work?

Chemical peels vary in strength and composition, but generally, they follow this process:

  • Preparation: The skin is thoroughly cleaned to remove any dirt or oils.
  • Application: A chemical solution (such as glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid, or salicylic acid) is applied to the skin.
  • Reaction: The solution causes the top layers of the skin to blister and peel off over a period of days to weeks, depending on the strength of the peel.
  • Recovery: As the skin heals, new, rejuvenated skin emerges, revealing a fresher, more youthful appearance.

Benefits of chemical peels

  • Deep exfoliation: Chemical peels provide deeper exfoliation than other treatments, which can be particularly effective for treating severe acne scars, deep wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
  • Long-lasting results: The results from a chemical peel can be long-lasting, particularly when done in a series.
  • Different intensities: Light, medium, and deep peels are available, allowing customization based on the severity of skin issues and the desired downtime.

Which one is right for you?

When it comes to choosing between a Hydrafacial and a chemical peel, Hydrafacials offer distinct advantages, particularly for those seeking a gentler yet effective skincare treatment.

Why a Hydrafacial is better for you:

  • Instant, glowing results with no downtime: A Hydrafacial delivers immediate radiance without needing recovery time, making it perfect for those with busy schedules or upcoming events.
  • Ideal for sensitive skin: If you have sensitive skin or are prone to reactions, Hydrafacials’ gentle approach ensures your skin is treated with care, minimizing the risk of irritation.
  • Customizable to your specific skin needs: The Hydrafacial can be tailored to address your unique skin concerns, whether it’s hydration, fine lines, or pore congestion.
  • Gentle exfoliation and hydration: Combining exfoliation with deep hydration, the Hydrafacial offers a balanced approach that leaves your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated without the harshness of a chemical peel.

Hydrafacials and chemical peels offer unique benefits, but the gentler, more customizable, and no-downtime benefits of Hydrafacials often make them the superior choice for many folks looking to improve their overall SkinFitness™.

Want to learn more about Hydrafacials and other skincare treatments? Check out LaserAway, the nation’s leading aesthetic dermatological provider.

  1. “Chemical Peels: Overview,” American Academy of Dermatology Association, n.d.
  2. “Efficacy and Tolerability of HydraFacial Clarifying Treatment Series in the Treatment of Active Acne Vulgaris,” The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, December 2022.
  3. “What is a Hydrafacial? Derms Explain the Benefits,” Byrdie, August 8, 2023.
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