Is this normal? How long do I have to wait before resuming use of my tretinoin gel? (Photos)
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Don't try this at home
Thank you for your question dw3x312. TCA peels work well for a variety of concerns. TCA is a medical grade peel and should be done by a profession and not at home. Hyperpigmentation can occur after any insult to the skin (chemical peel, laser treatment, cut, sun exposure, etc.). It is minimized by pre-treating with a good skin care regimen including products such as hydroquinone, kojic acid, treninoin, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and sunscreen. Depending on the person and pre-treatment regimen peeling may last for up to two weeks with various peels. I have my patients avoid retinoids for at least one week after a chemical peel, and longer if they are still dry or peeling after one week. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!