What store brand lotion is best before a Chemical Peel?

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Chemical Peel

Thank you for your question. Moisturizing before and after a chemical peel is an important process to undergo for your recovery, and generally for your skin's health. Your board certified facial plastic surgeon should recommend their preferred type of lotion. 

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Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Preparing for a chemical peel

I recommend preparing the skin for about 4 weeks pre-peel with Retin-A and hydroquinone creams.  However, these are prescription-only.  Afterwards, we typically use Aquaphor ointment during the initial healing process.

Thomas Fiala, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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After a deep chemical peel, what is the best topical cream or lotion?

A deep chemical peel is designed to help improve skin that has suffered sun damage, pigment issues or scarring, and/or wrinkles. Following the peel over the first few days before the skin has begun ‘peeling’ a number of bland emollients or ointments are fine. Once the skin peels and there is new ‘baby skin’ growing, we need to be very careful not to irritate or damage this. Vaseline is bland and no one is allergic to it in our experience.  Other bland products can sometimes be used but it is important to tell one’s doctor everything that is applied to the new skin. 

Donn R. Chatham, MD
Louisville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What store brand lotion is best before a Chemical Peel?

Hell Tsantillan713,

When it comes to any type of resurfacing such as lasers, chemical peels, or dermabrasion, you should talk to your physician performing the treatment to see what should be used before and after.  Failure to follow the appropriate recommendations can  lead to prolonged healing and in more severe cases, scarring.  Frequently people will be on a retinoid type product before the procedure.  After the procedure is when the appropriate topical creams/lotions are the most important, and practitioners will have their favorite products to minimize risks.  

I hope this helps and good luck.  

William Marshall Guy, MD
The Woodlands Facial Plastic Surgeon
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