What’s the difference between chemical skin peels and microneedling?



At GILD Clinic we believe in the principle of ‘skin first and injectables second’.


Why are skin treatments relevant?

No matter how much you invest in injectable treatments, your skin won’t change in texture, colour or clarity unless you target it directly with less invasive skin rejuvenation treatments like micro-needling, chemical peels and ongoing skin care regimes. For women, collagen production is linked to hormonal changes and so the skin can change dramatically after pregnancy or during the pre-menopause phase.

Let’s talk a little more in detail about what treatments are available at GILD Clinic and the difference between them.

What is a chemical peel?

There are many different types of peels and the right choice will depend on your age, skin type and concern. Our GILD Clinic practitioners will talk you through the different peels in your consultation. Chemical peels exfoliate your skin, removing the top layer of dead skin cells and encouraging new ones to form. This reveals the softer, smoother skin beneath.

There is a peel out there that will be suitable for you. The downtime from this procedure depends on whether the peel is performed on superficial or deeper skin layers. Lighter peels are even referred to as “lunchtime peels” or a “medical facial”– meaning there isn’t any visible peeling. You may see results after one session but we always recommend a course of three to six in combination with a personalised skin care regime for best results!

What is miCroneedling?

Microneedling is using a small needle device over the skin. The penetration of the needles will create controlled punctures, which encourage the body’s natural healing process and initiates skin renewal. During this process, the production of elastin and collagen is triggered, therefore rejuvenating the skin. Microneedling is commonly used to decrease the appearance of superficial scarring, pigmentation, ageing and sun damage. This treatment has minimal downtime and can be used anywhere on the body. Prior to treatment, a topical anaesthetic cream is applied for your comfort.

For optimal results, your practitioner may also use a mesotherapy solution immediately post-treatment. Mesotherapy solutions are packed with antioxidants and nutrients which can penetrate the skin through the tiny microneedling punctures. Again a course of three to six sessions is advised.

We offer these treatments in our training and private clinics. You can book in to be a model for our training sessions to have a gentle skin rejuvenation treatment, or, come and see our skin experts in a private consultation for a more bespoke medical grade treatment.


About the author

Yalda is the Clinical Educational Fellow for Harley Academy and practitioner at GILD Clinic. As a qualified medical doctor, she works in tandem with the courses team to improve and develop the Academy’s substantive teaching content. She is also one of the Academy’s primary clinical mentors, drawing upon her expertise and specialisation in medical aesthetics.