Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics
8201 Preston Road #350
Dallas, TX 75225
Phone: (214) 631-7546
Fax: (214) 631-8546
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4p.m.

Is a Chemical Peel or Microneedling Best for Wrinkles, Acne Scars & More?

Woman in Dallas, TX considering microneedling vs. a chemical peel to treat her skin concerns

When it comes to addressing fine lines, melasma, wrinkles, texture, and pores, I often recommend two especially effective cosmetic dermatology treatments: chemical peels and microneedling, both available at our Dallas practice. These treatments both clear away surface issues and pave the way for fresher, healthier skin. So – which one is right for you?

Let’s take a closer look at how these treatments match up in terms of treating a few of the most common skin concerns.

Fine Lines

Best Treatment: Combined Microneedling & Chemical Peels

Both chemical peels and microneedling work well for minimizing fine lines. Microneedling stimulates collagen production to rejuvenate skin from the inside out. This collagen boost improves skin elasticity and strength, causing fine lines to fade. Chemical peels remove the outer layer of skin to reveal a smoother layer below with fewer signs of aging. A combined approach is often the best way to give the skin a fresh start while encouraging ongoing rejuvenation. Check out the Instagram post below showing our Scarlet RF microneedling treatment:

Acne Scars

Best Treatment: Combined Microneedling & Fractional Laser

Acne scarring is another concern that is often best addressed with a combined approach, especially if you have a mix of pitted, raised, and discolored areas. Microneedling encourages healing in the skin, using multiple tiny needles to stimulate collagen growth while fractional laser uses heat energy to denature collagen, to thus facilitate new growth. Together, these treatments even out the skin’s surface texture and reduce hyperpigmentation for a clearer, smoother look. Our physicians can tailor your treatment based on the depth and types of your acne scars.


Best Treatment: Chemical Peels

Chemical peels work beautifully for addressing hyperpigmentation, including melasma. We offer a full range of chemical peels with different intensities and will work with you to determine the best option for you. Glycolic acid peels are popular for addressing pigmentation issues and only require minimal downtime. Learn about other low-downtime treatments in this related blog post.

Sun Damage

Best Treatment: Chemical Peels (With Microneedling as Needed)

Chemical peels, especially deep peels such as the Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) peel, improve skin texture to address photodamage. Additionally, microneedling with the Collagen P.I.N. provides precise treatments to further rejuvenate any small, delicate areas that may be affected by sun damage.

The Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics offers many other treatments that may help with these issues as well, including laser therapies and medical-grade skincare products. Visit our treatment planner to learn more.

Of course, you never have to decide on a treatment on your own. Whatever skin concern you have, our board-certified dermatologists will work with you every step of the way, providing personalized recommendations to create results you feel amazing about.

To learn more about your cosmetic dermatology options here in Dallas, please contact us online or call (214) 631-7546. We look forward to hearing from you.

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