Is It Safe to Have Chemical Peel While on Accutane?

I purchased a Chemical peel off eBay but I was using Accutane about a month or 2 ago. I only took 10 pills of it, does that make any difference?

Doctor Answers 6

You should be off Accutane for at least 1-2 years before Chemical Peel

If you do a chemical peel when you are on accutane you will greatly increase your chances for scarring. Your pilosebaceous units are greatly affected by accutane and this effects there ability to resurface your skin and hence can lead to an increase in scarring.

Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 84 reviews

This is a really bad idea.

Dear Aldo

Accutane effects the ability of the skin to heal. Chemical peels work because of the capacity of the skin to heal and improve the epithelial covering. Following Accutane skin is very likely to scar rather than heal without scarring.

Just because something can be purchased on the internet, it does not mean that it is safe or legal. Chemical peels can permanently disfigure and scar the face and body even if you have not taken Accutane.

Please leave chemical peels to the professionals. Don't take the risk of destroying yourself.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Absolutely NOT

You must be off Accutane at LEAST one whole year before undergoing a chemical peel for your skin. Accutane can significantly affect the ability of your skin to repair itself and heal properly after an injury (which is what a chemical peel is - a controlled injury). The same goes for laser resurfacing or dermabrasion as well!

Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS
Morristown Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

NO, NO, and NO

The effect of Accutane on pilosebaceous glands is profound. Since they help to resurface the skin after peeling, the healing can be delayed, resulting in permanent scars. I would not buy medical supplies anywhere if you are not a trained physician, anytime. I have seen people (even off Accutane) scar themselves with peels at home.

Mary P. Lupo, MD
New Orleans Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Not worth the risk

I would not recommend a facial peel so soon after accutane, even if you only took it for a couple of weeks. Wait a minimum of 6 months.

Frank P. Fechner, MD
Worcester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Chemical peels while on Accutane

At home chemical peels may be risky when on Accutane. Speak to the physician who prescribed the Accutane about more controlled type peels for your acne.

Dr. Karamanoukian
Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

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