How Many Days Before a Light Chemical Peel (About 20-30% BHA) Should I Stop Using Retin-A?

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Light Chemical Peel and Retin-A Use

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Thank you for your question. The usual time is 3-4 days, but if you are very dry and red, then perhaps a week to 10 days is appropriate. You can seek the advice of your board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for safest and best results. I hope this helps.

Retin-A before peels

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Our office protocol is ideally to use of Retin-A topically for 6 weeks or longer prior to a chemical peel. It is an independent anti-aging and preventative of spotty pigmentation afterwards. Your doctor/medical aesthetician will instruct you when to re-continue this product

RetinA and Light Chemical Peel

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I would actually recommend you continue use of your Retina-A right up until you do the light peel as it will prep your skin for the peel.  More importantly, you should avoid using Retin-A while your skin is healing after the peel. Retin-A is a great way to prep the skin for light chemical peels. 

Channing R. Barnett, MD
Boca Raton Dermatologist
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Discontinuing Retin-A before a chemical peel

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You should stop Retin-A one week before having a chemical peel.  Retin-A makes your skin more sensitive to chemical peeling so you would have an unpredictable,stronger response to the peel.  You can restart Retin-A about one week after your peel, provided your skin has returned to its normal state.  Avoid sun exposure when using Retin-A and especially after a peel.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

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