A woman applying Tretinoin to prepare for a Chemical Peel

Prime With a Peel

by Sarah Allen, MD

Priming Your Skin for a Chemical Peel

It is often recommended that patients “prime” their skin to prepare for a facial peel. We would venture as far as to say DO NOT receive a deeper skin peel without priming your face first. Providers will often recommend to apply Tretinoin or Hydroquinone prior to a skin peel for optimal results. These topical creams are used to help enhance the effect of the peel, but also decrease the risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. You can continue Hydroquinone up until the time of the peel and after, but you must stop Tretinoin 7-10 days prior to your chemical peel. This is because Tretinoin can increase the depth of dermal penetration of peeling products and this can lead to complications.

Benefits of Chemical Peels

Brighten your skin for a youthful glow with a chemical peel. This non-invasive skin treatment offers a range of skincare benefits for a revitalized look. Chemical peels exfoliate the skin to brighten while improving skin tone and texture for noticeable yet natural anti-aging results.

Types of Chemical Peels

At The Skin Clique, we offer a couple different chemical peels from ZO Skin Health, a top-rated comprehensive skincare brand. The ZO Skin Health Stimulator Peel is a gentle peel that consists of a combination of lactic acid, citric acid and glycolic acid. It has no downtime and is a true “lunchtime” peel.

Our ZO Skin Health 3-Step Peel utilizes a blend of exfoliants, retinol, and multi-action agents to improve skin health and treat signs of aging. This powerful peel can result in peeling up to 7 days post-procedure.


At The Skin Clique, we believe in helping you feel confident in your own skin by providing convenient, affordable access to medical-grade treatments performed by board certified experts - all in the comfort of your own home. Schedule your Chemical Peel appointment today. And remember, beauty knocks.

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