Did I Intensify my Lactic Peel when I Applied Moisturizer with Retinol?

I had a lactic chemical peel and accidentally applied my normal moisturizer the next morning (Neutrogena Healthy Skin with retinol). I believe this intensified the peel from superficial towards medium. I had swelling which is almost gone and am now on day 4 and starting to peel. Skin is redder than previous days and feels very tight. Is this normal? I was given a sage and citrus moisturizer to apply(plus other items). I want to apply a different moisturizer. What would be good?

Doctor Answers 3

Single application of retinol probably didn't affect the peel

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Redness and tightness, peeling around day 4... these are all normal steps to experience after a peel.  A single application of a moisturizer with retinol probably didn't affect the peel much at all, and it certainly didn't make it into a medium depth peel, so don't worry about that.  Rest easy.

A sage and citrus moisturizer, however, may be something that is irritating your skin further... or you could be having an allergic reaction to it.  I would recommend changing to a gentle, unscented moisturizer like Cetaphil, Vanicream, or Dove for best results.

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Intensify my lactic peel when I applied moisturizer with retinol

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Most likely you caused a deepening of the peel. Follow your doctors recommendations not us over the net. We can not treat you.

From MIAMI Dr. B

Applying moisturizer with retinol

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Retinol can peel and irritate the skin, especially after a lactic peel. I would avoid any active ingredient moisturizers after a peel or microdermabrasion for at least 1 week, and use something bland and non-fragranced, and definitely be diligent with a good sunblock.  ~ Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

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