Low-dose Accutane and Mild Chemical Peel Treatments Ok Together?

is it possible, whilst on accutane (10 mg/week for oil control), to have regular mild chemical peels, fx 40% glycolic acid? or even gentle extractions? Also if, one was accutane treatment naive, how long should one wait post a mild chemical treatment course to start accutane?

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Avoid All Elective Treatments While On Accutane

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I do not recommend you undergo any elective treatments such as chemical peeling while on Accutane. Accutane makes the skin very sensitive and more likely to be damaged by treatments such as chemical peeling, microdermabrasion and laser.  Gentle acne extractions can be done but I recommend it be done by a board-certified dermatologist  (or under his/her direct supervision) who knows how to handle Accutane patients and their skin sensitivity. I would wait a week after a mild chemical peel treatment before starting Accutane.  The most important thing while on Accutane is to stay out of the sun. 

Better to wait

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I generally advise patients be off of Accutane for at least six months. Peels can be performed before you take Accutane, but please ask your doctor about a suitable waiting time before you start Accutane.

No peels while on Accutane

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The skin is especially sensitive and subject to infection and chemical irritation during Accutane. Baby your skin while you are on Accutane..gentle cleansing, avoid sun, moisturize, and do not expose it to chemicals or exfoliants. Make-up is fine.

Christine Glavey, MD (retired)
Alpharetta Dermatologic Surgeon

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