There are a lot of skin treatments to choose from and it seems they all treat different things. If you’re looking for a full, overall rejuvenation for your face that includes even tone, deeply cleansed pores, wrinkle and acne reduction, then Plush Derma has a few options for you. To make your decision less overwhelming, we’d be happy to consult with you and go over the differences of each treatment. Many people inquire about the differences of chemical peels vs microneedling. Both treatments strive for similar results, but they work very differently.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is made up of a chemical solution. This solution can consist of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), phenol, or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) – depending on what you are trying to treat. After thoroughly cleaning your face of any products (lotion, makeup, etc), the solution is applied to your face. It will be allowed to sit for a while, before being removed. You may notice a glow following the treatment, perhaps some redness, but the peel continues to exfoliate and remove the surface layer of skin days later. The outer layer of skin that has scarring, acne, wrinkles or other blemishes will peel away; revealing a new, healthy layer underneath that is free of blemishes. This treatment provides a fresh start for your skin, without waiting months to see any sign of improvement, as you would with store-bought remedies.


Microneedling is a treatment that forces your skin to heal itself of scarring and blemishes.  This treatment utilizes a pen with several, fine needles at its tip. The needles extend and retract to create small punctures in the skin. The puncture wounds trigger the body’s natural reaction to begin the healing process; also healing the blemishes that existed prior to the wound.

Chemical Peels vs Microneedling: Differences

As you can see, a chemical peel is entirely noninvasive, while microneedling requires the use of needles, and sometimes a serum, to make your skin do all of the work. Because microneedling uses needles, the treatment may take a little longer for precision. A chemical peel is applied to the entire face, which makes it a little better for a patient that is on the go.

Chemical Peels vs Microneedling: Similarities

Both of these treatments work toward the betterment and overall appearance of your skin. While they achieve such results in different ways, they are, in fact, capable of enhancing one’s appearance. Chemical peels and microneedling are also painless with little to no discomfort. Patients can compare microneedling to the feel of sand paper, gently gliding across the skin- a prickly sensation. Chemical peels may come with a warm sensation from the exfoliation of the skin, but subsides quickly when the solution is removed.

Chemical Peels vs Microneedling: Which Treatment is right for you?

You should schedule a consultation to learn about what treatments you are eligible for, based on your beauty goals and current state of health. If you live in Los Angeles, or plan on visiting the area soon, you can give us a call or email to schedule your consultation.


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