Q: Can you peel while using either Retin-A or Aczone?

What our experts say:

Chemical peels can be performed while on Aczone without having to stop the treatment in advance. Pretreating skin with tretinoin (Retin-A) will actually enhance the results of a chemical peel, but it is important to stop using the tretinoin 4 to 5 days before the peel in order to decrease skin sensitivity. Skin that has been appropriately “primed” with tretinoin will benefit more from peels compared to skin that has not been pretreated with it. It is also recommended to stop use of tretinoin 4 to 5 days before laser treatments or waxing to avoid excessive skin irritation.

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