When to Stop Using Retinol Cream Before TCA Peel?
- Asked by ferny1991 in Dallas, Tx
- 3 years ago
I'm 19 and am having a 20% TCA peel. I have been using a retinol cream for a month to prepare my skin. My question is how many days prior to the peel should I stop using the retinol cream?
No need to stop Retinol Cream before TCA Peel
There is no need to stop Retinol cream before a 20% TCA peel. In fact, there is no need to use Retinol cream or anything else in preparation for a 20% TCA peel (which is very superficial). It is our experience that glycolic acid peels with the glycolic acid home maintenance is more effective than 20% TCA peels. If you desire, Retinol cream can be used in conjunction with glycolic acid peels. We have a number of patients who get monthly glycolic acid peels, apply glycolic acid cream to their face in the morning and Retin A to their face at night.
Retin A and Chemical Peels
I ask my patients to stop the day of the peel.
After the complete healing of the peel I wait one week then restart the Retin A, once every other day. That will maintain the results for you.
Ask your doctor about pre-peel skin care
Retinol creams prior to TCA peels
Years ago we use to stop Retin A 3-4 days before any heavy TCA peels but we found out that it makes no difference when or even if you stop the Retin A ahead of time if you are going to be using a good cortisone lotion twice a day for the next 2 weeks. Also be sure to use a sunscreen and pamper your skin.
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