Combining Other Products/Procedures with Peels

Using Other Products with Peels

Yes, our products can be used in conjunction with other treatments; just be aware of the effects that the products are having on your skin. Intense peel regimens can be potentially traumatizing to the skin, so it is important to exercise caution.

For example, both chemical peels and chemical peels sensitize the skin.  Therefore you should stop using Retin-A for two days before and two days after using a “lunchtime peel”.  Otherwise you risk the skin becoming excessively vulnerable.

If problems do arise, consult your physician. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

The following is a guide to products you should avoid while using chemical peels.

  • Accutane
    • Never have a chemical peel for 6 months after using Accutane.
    • For a whole year after stopping use of Accutane, we recommend having a chemical peel only under medical supervision.
    • The only skin product you should use while taking Accutane is a moisturizer.
  • Retin-A
    • Do not use for 2 days prior or 2 days following a superficial chemical peel
    • A prescription medication
    • Causes exfoliation (see below)
  • Exfoliators
    • Do not use
    • Avoid exfoliating sponges for 3 days following a peel
    • Apple Cider Vinegar is an exfoliator
  • AHAs and BHAs
    • We recommend against using products containing AHAs or BHAs while using our products.
    • Using products containing AHAs or BHAs other than Skin Laboratory’s peels can be problematic.

Can Skin Lighteners and Chemical Peels be Used Together?

What skin lightener or skin bleaching treatment would you recommend using in conjunction with your products for the treatment of pigmentation problems?

Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is very effective at preventing melanin formation in the skin, and concentrations of up to 2% can be purchased without a prescription in the US. You normally need to apply it twice a day, and USE sunscreen.

It is very important to use sunscreen with the skin lighteners. If you do not, additional pigmentation could form, negating any benefits.

For minor redness, you will find that these will fade over time, and using Salicylic or Lactic acids to exfoliate the skin will speed up this process, so you might want to hold off on the Skin Bleaching creams. It is possible to use them concurrently, you would just need to apply in the morning and evening.

You don’t want to remove old skin quicker than new skin can form, so start off slow. The lightener will help inhibit the pigment while the new skin is forming, so you won’t have the dark spots from acne scars or pigmentation problems.

You will need to watch for irritation. If this occurs, just lessen the time and or frequency you are using the products. Be sure and wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. That is important, especially if you want to prevent pigment issues.

Using Peels With a Daily Skin Cleanser, like Neutrogena

It is definitely possible to use our products without interfering with other treatments.  Neutrogena is a soap, which means it should be fine to use it in conjunction with a light superficial chemical peel.

Do not use with cleansers that have AHAs (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids) in them. Because our products are quite intense, we do not recommend using other cleansers the same day you apply a chemical peel. Your skin should be fine the day after for a daily cleanser, but if your skin feels irritated, wait a couple days for your skin to rest, but generally this won’t be a problem.