After a at home TCA 18 % chemical peel how long should I wait before using hydroquinone on the treated areas?

I'm going to give myself a tca 18 % chemical peel on some dark and scared areas , I've previous used tca 15% successfully, how long do I have to wait before I start using hydroquinone on the treated areas.

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After a at home TCA 18 % chemical peel how long should I wait before using hydroquinone on the treated areas?

Thanks for your query.  You should wait for at least 15-20 days or till the time the scaling or peeling is settled. Once there is no visible peeling you can in for hydroquinone. I would advise you to get a peel under medical supervision as there is a chance of side effects like post inflammatory hypo pigmentation, burn etc. hope it helps.


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India Plastic Surgeon
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At home peels and HQ

Wait till your skin heals up completely, this depends on HOW you perform the peel. Typically 7 days. Personally I would not exceed 10% peels at home- see video on safe way to perform peels. Multi-coat 18% peels or poor technique can scar, or worsen pigmentation. Please stay safe. Regards, Dr Davin S. Lim. Brisbane. Australia. 

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
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