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Retinoic acid peel

The retinoic acid peel is a relatively strong chemical peel.

Before You Go

Questions to ask your doctor:

  • What is the best chemical peel to pair with a retinoic peel?
  • How far apart do differing chemical peels need to be spaced?

Pre-procedure prep for Retinoic acid peel: Sun to a retinoic acid peel is like water to the Wicked Witch of the West. Any time you're planning on having this type of chemical peel, plan to stay out of the sun and wear at least SPF 15 on a daily basis.

On the day of treatment: Retinoic acid is a no-prep peel. Just show up to your derm with washed and dried skin.

What To Expect

The procedure itself takes a few minutes at most. Although your skin may appear to have a slightly yellowed tint to it when you leave the doctor's facility, regular activities, including work and running errands, can be resumed immediately.

Who should do it: A retinoic acid peel is a strong chemical peel and demands a medical professional, i.e. dermatologist or experienced skin technician, who not only knows the limitations of the skin but who can also administer a mild anesthetic or sedative prior to treatment.

Duration: The treatment can be performed in mere minutes. And the chemicals won't be washed off of your face prior to your departure - you'll leave with peel chemicals in place.

How Painful Is It?

Even though a retinoic peel is a deep, intensive peel, the procedure is actually less painful than less invasive chemical peels. One the anesthetic wears off and the pain killers subside, discomfort can last for between six to eight hours and may include mild to extreme swelling, redness, and soreness and stinging.

Options for anesthesia: An oral sedative or local anesthetic is used prior to the retinoic peel.

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