Is It Safe to Alternate Photofacial Treatments and Chemical Peels?

I am considering a photofacial and my doctor wants to alternate photofacial treatments and chemical peels every two weeks. Is this safe?

Doctor Answers 4

Alternating photofacials and chemical peels works

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The combination of photofacials and chemical peels are great and can even be done on the same day. Usually a series of 5 light peels with the photofacials are necessary to make a significant difference. 


David Hansen, MD

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Alternating chemical peels and photofacials can be effective

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Alternating chemical peels and photofacials can actually be quite effective. It is important, however, that the peels are not too deep since the skin may be too sensitive to undergo a photofacial just two weeks later. This is an especially important point in darker skin types that are more at risk for irritation and thus subsequent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and possible scarring. Remember to use gentle skin care and good sun avoidance/protection following these treatments.

Ritu Saini, MD - Account Suspended
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

Alternating IPL and chemical peels can be a very effective regimen

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The combination IPL treatments and chemical peels can act synergistically to give better results than either one alone. They can speed up the process of resolving pigmentation issues. The combination allows you to work on both texture and tone issues at the same time.

Good luck!

Steven E. Rasmussen, MD, FAAD
Austin Dermatologist

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Alternating photofacial and chemical peels is possible but you need to be careful

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Yes, you can do this but you need to be careful and not be too aggressive. Chemical peels that are combined with photofacials need to be light and superficial. It all depends on what condition you are trying to treat. If it is melasma, being to aggressive can sometimes aggravate the condition. This same principle also applies to hyperpigmentation. It also depends on your skin type too. If you have darker skin, being more cautious is important. chemical peels that are done every month should be more superficial. Deeper chemical peels require a longer interval otherwise scarring could occur.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

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