Do I need to stop Differin before lasers and peels?Skin, Hair & Nails Aesthetic Medicine Medication & Prescriptions
I use Differin nighty but am considering going for laser/glycolic peel soon. Do I need to stop Differin use, and if so, for how many days prior to treatment?
In my practice, I usually ask patients to stop Differin or Tretinoin 1 day before till 1 day after Lasers and Peels. This is because differin/tretinoin might cause dry skin and affect the healing processes after lasers/peels.
If my patient tends to have dry skin, I would also suggest stopping differin for a longer period of time before/after the Laser/Peel.
Other factors that affect the duration of time to stop Differin:
1. Type of Laser/Peel
- Lasers/Peels differ in terms of intensity and downtime.
- It is best to speak to your doctor on the duration of time to stop Differin as he is the best judge.
2. Intensity/ Settings of Lasers/Peel
- In general, a more aggressive/intense treatment will mean more dry skin and longer recovery. Hence, Differin/Tretinoin might only be able to be restarted later.
Hope this helps!
Dr Justin Boey
Your doctor should be informed of your skin care regime so that he/she can give you the correct instructions prior to the procedure.
In general, we recommend patients to stop differin for a few days before and after peels. This is because differin may worsen post procedure dryness and also increases photosensitivity.
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