Dark spots, or skin hyperpigmentation, affect many people but can seem impossible to cure or get rid of. Fortunately, numerous skin treatments such as chemical peels or microneedling Orlando procedures can help with this. Each has its benefits, and depending on your skin type, one might be better than the other.
Here’s a quick guide to both treatments that can help you know which method might work best for you.
What Is Microneedling and How Does It Help Dark Spots?
Microneedling is a professional procedure performed by dermatologists to help with a myriad of skin conditions. It may be used to treat acne scars, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, or rejuvenate your skin.
When it comes to helping with dark spots, microneedling is commonly used. With microneedling, the pigment under your skin in a specific area is broken apart. If the problem is in the epidermal layer of your skin, microneedling usually works very well. This is because the treatment induces collagen production without damaging the epidermis.
Microneedling can be used even if the problem lies deeper within your skin and in the dermis layer. However, at this level, you’ll need several sessions for microneedling to be efficient.
After undergoing microneedling treatment, make sure always to wear sunscreen. If you don’t, the dark spots may reappear, or your results may not be satisfactory.
What Are Facial Peels and How Do They Help With Dark Spots?
Chemical peels are used by dermatologists as a deep exfoliant. These peels break apart melanin clusters under the skin. They peel off the topmost layer of skin to remove hyperpigmentation.
Depending on your situation, your dermatologist will adjust the concentration, the number of coats, and how long the peel stays on your face. You may need multiple sessions for the peel to provide satisfactory results, but they are only efficient for hyperpigmentation problems that lie in the top layer of skin. With chemical peels, your skin may feel slightly sensitive afterward. You may notice inflammation after a session.
When you undergo a chemical peel treatment, you may be given a prescription cream to use for a month beforehand. This will ensure that you get the most out of your treatment.
Should You Choose Peels or Microneedling for Dark Spots?
Both chemical peels and microneedling will help with dark spots but in different ways. Your dermatologist will be able to provide you with the best answer as to which one will be best for your unique situation, but some indicators can help you know which will be best.
Since chemical peels remove the topmost layer of skin, they are best when the cause of your dark spots is in the epidermis. If the cause is deeper, a chemical peel won’t be able to reach it, and you won’t receive satisfactory results.
Microneedling is good for when the cause of your dark spots lies deeper in your skin, in the dermis layer. With several sessions, microneedling is able to reach deeper and break up pigmentation clusters that lie under the epidermis. However, microneedling can also be used for dark spots that are caused by problems in the epidermis.
If you want to get rid of your dark spots and are looking for a solution, talk to our dermatologist. While you may not be able to tell if your dark spots are caused by pigmentation in the dermis or epidermis, our dermatologist will. During your appointment, we’ll be able to recommend the right treatment for you based on what is causing your dark spots.
Brittany Lane White, a board-certified family nurse practitioner from Lakeland, Florida, holds a nursing degree from Florida State University. With six years of experience in medical and trauma/surgical ICU in Tampa, she pursued a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Tampa. Her passion for aesthetic medicine grew during her master’s training. In Los Angeles, she completed clinical and injection specialist training at a top 25 Allergan account. Brittany focuses on a natural approach to facial aesthetics, emphasizing confidence and refreshment, not an artificial appearance. Beyond work, she enjoys spinning, travel, reading, and beach weekends with her husband, Brian, and two children, Georgina (Georgie) and Westley.