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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?

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)

Hi!

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!

Warmest regards,

Dr Justin Boey

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