Which Is Better: Chemical Peels or Microneedling?

In an ideal world, medical experts would develop a single skincare treatment that could deliver 100% effective results for patients dealing with every kind of skin issue. Yet, of course, the reality is that different individuals with different skincare needs require different skincare treatments. 

As such, many people may be considering multiple methods for addressing issues like wrinkles, scarring, or sun damage. So, to tackle our question of the day: which is better, chemical peels or microneedling? The answer depends on your specific skin condition and what you want to achieve from skincare treatment. 

We’ll explain the differences between these two procedures further here: 

Chemical Peels 

The process of a chemical peel involves the application of a chemical solution on the skin with a specialized brush. Chemical peels act to exfoliate the skin, and, in essence, remove the top layer of dead or damaged skin cells in order for healthier skin cells to “rise” and replace them. Note here that there are several different types of chemical peels –– light, medium, and deep. Light chemical peels are used to address more superficial issues, while medium and deep peels reach lower levels of the skin. 

Generally speaking, chemical peels are best used to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and certain types of acne. Depending on the nature of the treatment, chemical peels may cause the skin to become sensitive and red after the procedure. Individuals who undergo a chemical peel are advised not to expose their skin to the sun and may need to use specialized sunscreen for a period following the procedure. 


Microneedling shares many similarities to chemical peels. Both are nonsurgical methods used to improve the appearance, texture, and health of a person’s skin. In practice, though, microneedling differs from chemical peels in several key ways. 

First, the process of microneedling involves a medical professional using a device known as a SkinPen to gently rub the skin. This is done to create thousands of “micro-injuries” in the skin that then naturally triggers the body to produce more collagen. Collagen refers to a family of proteins that are crucial to skin health and structure. Over time, people produce less collagen, but a microneedling session can help “reverse” this trend. Therefore, microneedling has the potential to address issues like lax or crepey skin, in addition to other conditions like wrinkles, scar tissue, and stretch marks. 

For best results, experts recommend several follow-up sessions in the months after an initial microneedling procedure to continue to bolster healthy skin development. Microneedling is not a painful process, but it may cause the skin to become red or slightly sensitive. And, as with chemical peels, individuals should take certain precautions following a microneedling session to protect their skin from damage. Lastly, both microneedling and chemical peels are safe, effective, and only very rarely cause negative side effects.

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The question is not whether chemical peels are better than microneedling, but which of these two procedures is right for you! At the Institute of Natural Health, our expert team will work with you to develop a skincare plan that perfectly suits your needs and situation. You can contact us here to learn more or to schedule a consultation today!

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