Hello I recently got a 35% peel at my dermatologist office. She had recently suggested that I start Nouvelle Journee (retinol) product and did not tell me to stop using before the peel. She put many coats on my forehead which she know after the peel was a hot spot and put steroid cream on. I went in for a follow up and she said it was normal and would heal.... It has been close to 3 weeks and all of the research now that I have done says to stop using retinol products 5 days in advance to peel.
I Had a 35% Glycolic Peel 3 Weeks Ago from Tomorrow and Can't Get One Spot on Forehead to Heal Please Advise? (photo)
Doctor Answers (1)
You can try steroid creams to help heal peel burns.
You could try a Hydrocortisone cream - at night, only over the burn. Also you could try repair creams like Cicalfate, or Epitheliale AH over the affected area - your doctor should be able to prescribe these to you.
The other part of the question - creams containing retinoids can be used as part of your prepeel regimen, though I find glycolic acid 12 % primers more useful. It is more important to not apply the retinoid cream after the peel. Do inform your doctor about choosing a different pre peel agent.
Make sure to use a sunscreen regularly.
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