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Microneedling vs Chemical peels

Microneedling and chemical peels are two effective skin rejuvenation methods that can help improve skin texture, reduce wrinkles and eliminate pigmentation, scars and post-acne.

Microneedling is a procedure in which many microscopic needles are applied to the skin. This causes micro-damage that stimulates collagen and elastin production, resulting in improved skin texture. Microneedling can also help reduce scars and scarring.

A chemical peel is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin. This dissolves the top layers of the skin, stimulating skin renewal. Chemical peels can be more effective at fighting deep wrinkles and pigmentation than microneedling. However, it also requires a longer recovery time and can cause side effects such as redness and flaking of the skin.

When choosing between microneedling and chemical peels, it is important to consider the following factors:

  • Skin type: Microneedling is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Chemical peels may be more aggressive for sensitive skin.
  • Desired Results: Microneedling is better for improving skin texture and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels may be more effective in combating deep wrinkles and pigmentation.
  • Specialist Recommendations: It is important to consult with a specialist before deciding to undergo any of these procedures.

In some cases, a combination of microneedling and chemical peels may be effective. Combining both techniques will improve the appearance of the skin both internally and externally. It is recommended to perform a chemical peel first, as it removes all dead and old layers of skin.
After about 4-6 weeks, when the skin has recovered from the peel, you can start a microneedling session to improve the most problematic areas.

Some people who suffer from a very severe form of acne do the treatment in reverse order, attending microneedling sessions first to kick-start collagen production. In this way, the skin heals better and has a more even tone after a deep peel.

Overall, microneedling and chemical peels are safe and effective skin rejuvenation methods that can help improve the appearance of the skin. The choice between these methods depends on individual skin characteristics and desired results.

At Enigma Medspa, we are available to discuss your needs and suggest the procedure best suited for you. Contact us by phone 773 592-1952 or use online booking to make an appointment for a convenient time.


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This article was prepared by skin care specialist

Diana Terletska

Business owner, aesthetician, registered nurse