Retin A 0.05 For Skin Lightening with no Results; Recommended Concentration for a Glycolic Peel?

I have clear skin. I use retin A 0.05 for skin lightening as the outer layers which got tanned get exfoliated. But I don’t see any peeling, redness or itching after using the product. I believe the exfoliation happens at a minimal level which won’t help me achieve a lighter complexioned skin. I am planning to do glycolic peel at home. What would be an ideal concentration to start with? I heard concentrations as low as 15% give invisible result. Please advise.

Doctor Answers 1

Laser Toning for Skin Lightening is Better than Glycolic Acid Peel

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I do not think that a 15% Glycolic Acid Peel will be very effective for skin lightening.

Without seeing you in consultation, it is difficult to make a specific recommendation for you. However, my general preference for skin pigmentation is laser toning with a 1064, quasi-long pulsed laser at 1-4 week intervals performed 6-10 times or as needed.  I would also combine this with a topical combination hydroquinone, retinol or retin-a, kojic acid and hydrocortisone skin cream at night and sunblock in the morning.

Photofacials and other stronger chemical or laser peels may also be effective.


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