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What should you do before you get a chemical peel?

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Tell your doctor if you have any history of scarring, cold sores that keep coming back, or facial X-rays.

Before you get a chemical peel, your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain drugs and prepare your skin by using other medications, such as Retin-A, Renova, or glycolic acid. The doctor may also prescribe antibiotics or antiviral drugs.

Work with your doctor to determine the depth of your peel. This decision depends upon the condition of your skin and your goals for treatment.

Ask your doctor in advance whether you will need to have someone drive you home after your peel.

From: Chemical Peels and Your Skin WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Chemical peel."

American Society for Dermatological Surgery: "Chemical Peels Information."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Chemical Peeling."

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Chemical peel."

American Society for Dermatological Surgery: "Chemical Peels Information."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Chemical Peeling."

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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