I just had a glycolic chemical peel done and this is suppose to be one of seven treaments spread out throughout the year. I also have dark skin. The esthetician said the healing process takes five days. Is there anything i can do to speedup the peeling of the skin because I have school and I dont want to show up with half my face peeled and the other half not peeled. Can i take vitamins or certain creams to speed up the peeling of the skin?
How to Speed Up the Chemical Peel Process?
Doctor Answers (1)
To increase the rate of epidermal turnover, use a retinoid like Retin-A, Tazorac or Differin at least 2-3 weeks before getting the chemical peel. The retinoid speeds up the turnover rate, so that the desquamating skin will come off 36-48 hours sooner than if the skin is not prepped. Just be careful to use the retinoid with care - never put it on immediately after washing the face - wait at least 2-3 hours so that a normal oil layer can develop. Also, use less than you think you need - using too much can cause unnecessary irritation, which can cause darkening in your skin type. Also remember that often glycolic peels are so mild that often there really isn't a lot of peeling seen. Good luck!