Thank you for your question. The usual time is 3-4 days, but if you are very dry and red, then perhaps a week to 10 days is appropriate. You can seek the advice of your board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for safest and best results. I hope this helps.
How Many Days Before a Light Chemical Peel (About 20-30% BHA) Should I Stop Using Retin-A?
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Retin-A before peels
Our office protocol is ideally to use of Retin-A topically for 6 weeks or longer prior to a chemical peel. It is an independent anti-aging and preventative of spotty pigmentation afterwards. Your doctor/medical aesthetician will instruct you when to re-continue this product
RetinA and Light Chemical Peel
I would actually recommend you continue use of your Retina-A right up until you do the light peel as it will prep your skin for the peel. More importantly, you should avoid using Retin-A while your skin is healing after the peel. Retin-A is a great way to prep the skin for light chemical peels.
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Discontinuing Retin-A before a chemical peel
You should stop Retin-A one week before having a chemical peel. Retin-A makes your skin more sensitive to chemical peeling so you would have an unpredictable,stronger response to the peel. You can restart Retin-A about one week after your peel, provided your skin has returned to its normal state. Avoid sun exposure when using Retin-A and especially after a peel.