If your skin’s blotchy appearance and rough texture has you thinking about laser skin resurfacing, you may want to reconsider. There are two less invasive and less expensive alternatives that provide big results: microneedling and chemical peels. But which one is right for your needs? In this article, we’ll explore the benefits and drawbacks of microneedling vs. chemical peels, which one may be better for your unique needs, and how you can get started with these treatments in one of our convenient aesthetics clinics in Santa Monica, CA, and Portland, OR.

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

Whatever your aesthetic goals, microneedling and chemical peels are a great addition to your professional treatment regimen. When applied by an experienced aesthetic provider, these treatments can address a wide range of common skin complaints. Which treatment is right for you? While one or the other may be the better choice, a combination of both treatments could provide you with exceptional results. Not everyone can do it all, however. So if you need to choose one, which should you choose?


Microneedling via a dermal roller has been around for awhile, but microneedling via a micropen is a relatively new skin treatment. The treatment utilizes an automated, handheld device that creates microscopic dermal punctures, or microinjuries, to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin beneath the skin. These are the building blocks of youthful skin and also promote healing and cellular turnover. Following treatment, and after a series of treatments, skin regenerates more quickly. This reduces the appearance of common skin complaints, such as:

  • uneven skin tone and texture
  • hyperpigmentation and dark spots
  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • acne scars
  • rosacea
  • sun damage
  • dark circles and under-eye bags

Prior to a microneedling treatment, your provider will apply a topical numbing cream. While the numbing cream takes effect, she will adjust the settings on the micropen to your specific needs. There are varying depths for the needles to penetrate the skin. More extensive skin damage requires greater depth. A topical skin product containing growth factors and other skin nourishing ingredients will also be applied during your treatment. The new microchannels in the skin will drink up these ingredients more effectively, providing your skin with exceptional results.

Following treatment, patients are advised to avoid direct sunlight. Some facial redness and slight bleeding is normal, and some patients also experience some light peeling. Patients liken the experience to recovering from a very mild sunburn.

Repeat treatments are recommended, and this varies from person to person.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels vary in depth and active ingredients. There are very aggressive peels and more superficial peels, and the type of peel you have depends on your skin care needs and goals. When applied to the skin, chemical peels stimulate rapid skin cell turnover by destroying the outer layer of skin. This prompts the top layer of skin to peel in sheets or slough off, depending on the type of peel used. While you may think of a raw, red-faced Samantha Jones from Sex and the City, don’t worry. While that makes for good television, it’s not reality. You won’t look or feel like your face has been burned off after a chemical peel at Skin by Lovely.

Different chemical peels target different skin conditions. However, chemical peels in general help correct the following skin conditions and complaints:

  • acne and oily skin
  • acne scars
  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • dark spots and hyperpigmentation
  • sun damage

Our practice offers a variety of chemical peels for different skin types, skin tones, and skin health goals, including:

Following a chemical peel treatment, you are advised to avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen. You should never peel or pull on peeling skin, as this can cause more skin damage and scarring to the healthy skin beneath. Repeated treatments are recommended to improve and maintain results.

Why Choose Skin by Lovely in Santa Monica for Microneedling and Chemical Peels

Here at Skin by Lovely in Santa Monica, CA, we’re dedicated to providing exceptional nonsurgical procedures with natural-looking results. Skin by Lovely’s aesthetic injection specialists are expertly trained providers who focus on safety and the most effective FDA-approved treatments available. Our smaller menu of services ensures that we’re top experts in our niche, offering only injectables, microneedling, and a very select collection of chemical peels. Unlike other skin care and anti-aging clinics in Los Angeles, our team prides itself on providing only top-quality, FDA-approved facial aesthetic treatments. That is why we’re one of the top 10 Botox and Juvederm treatment clinics in the United States.

Facial Skin Care and Anti-Aging in Portland, Oregon at Skin by Lovely

At Skin by Lovely in Portland, OR, our facility doubles as an injection training center for other physicians and medical professionals from around North America. Not only are our providers experts at helping you look and feel more youthful and beautiful, they teach others how to provide these treatments as well. Our team is dedicated to natural-looking results that help you look refreshed without looking “done.”

Find Out if Microneedling vs. Chemical Peels are Right For You at Skin by Lovely

What ever your skin concerns or goals, the first step to looking and feeling more beautiful is to schedule a consultation with one of our aesthetic specialists in Skin by Lovely in Santa Monica, CA, or Portland, OR. During a personalized consultation, we will evaluate your skin, discuss your goals, and go over your health history. Together, we will determine the best treatment options for your needs and make recommendations for professional skin care products you can use at home to improve your skin health and appearance. We’re dedicated to helping you look and feel more lovely and look forward to meeting you very soon.