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How should I prepare for a glycolic peel?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Glycolic peels are the "lunch-hour peels." But they are not really peels -- true peeling would be considered a complication. During this procedure, the skin is prepared with two weeks of home glycolic acid products. No peel can be performed if the patient has used the drug Accutane or steroids in the past year. (Some people think the time frame should be two years.) Both drugs impair healing. Peels should be performed with great care, or not at all, on anyone with healing problems. Women who get herpes infections should take an antiviral from the day before the peel until the skin has healed. Severe scarring will result if a herpes outbreak occurs before the skin has healed.
Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)

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