Will I Be Okay to Use Retin-A Micro One Day Prior to Fraxel Non-Ablative Laser Therapy for Acne Scars?

If I stop using Retin A Micro 0.01% one day prior to my Fraxel Laser treatment which is non ablative, Is that safe to do so.?

Doctor Answers 5

Avoid Retin-A for 1 week prior to laser therapy

Good question. I recommend avoiding any irritants and exfoliants to your skin for 1 week before your treatment, including any products containing retin-A, retinol, benzolyl peroxide, glycolye/salicylic acids, or astringents. Then your skin won't be so sensitive to the laser.

Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Retin-A prior to Fraxel Treatment..

I typically recommend our patients to stop the use of Retin-A's one week prior to any laser treatments.  This will make you less sensitive to the procedure and the ability to get optimal results. Good luck.


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Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Retin-A & Fraxel

We suggest that Retin-A should not be used prior a Fraxel procedure.  Retin-A contains a form of vitamin A that can make you more sensitive to ultraviolet light.  We often stop Retin-one week before and one week after more agressive Fraxel laser treatments.

David Goldberg, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Fraxel is great but I discontinue retinoids before treatment

I would suggest you discontinue Retin-A immediately before Fraxel and for a few weeks after Fraxel.  The laser will do all of the work for you and Retin-A can make you needlessly irritated.

OK to use retin-a but ask your doctor doing your fraxel

I usually have patients stay on their retin-a prior to fraxel.  However, please ask your doctor to make sure.

Jay Zimmerman, MD
Walnut Creek Dermatologic Surgeon
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