Can you apply a different type of chemical peel on top of each other?

Eh: AHA peel than BHA like glycolic acid peel then salicyclic acid peel.

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Can you apply a different type of chemical peel on top of each other?

Thank you for your excellent question.  It is possible to apply a pre-peel before another peel to aid even penetration of the second peel.  This should only be performed by those with extensive experience in chemical peel application, however.  Hope this helps.


Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Multiple peels together

Thank you for your question edysmith. Chemical peels are used to rejuvenate the skin. Different types are available including alpha-hydroxyl (AHA, for example glycolic acid), beta-hydroxyl (BHA such as salicylic acid), TCA, and phenol. Often times a peeling solution contains a mixture of multiple types of peeling agents. A commonly used solution is Jessner's solution which contains 14% each of salicylic acid, lactic acid (85%), and resorcinol. The Red Carpet Peel we use in our office contains salicylic acid, lactic acid, resorcinol, mandelic acid, TCA, vitamin C, retinoic acid, and phenol. Peels can be compounded to contain multiple ingredients. Sometimes multiple solutions are added one after another. This is seen in the Monheit peel, which uses Jessner solution followed by TCA. Application of Jessner solution allows the TCA to penetrate deeper for a better results. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!

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Encino Physician
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