You should not do any peels if you are using Accutane - or you have used it in the past 6-12 months.
*Exact timing will depend on your prescribing doctors thoughts. Some feel 6 months is ok and others prefer you wait 12 months. Since there are different rounds that may have been prescribed, this is generally where the larger range comes from.
*The issue is that your skin changes during accutane. It is producing less oils, it is also more fragile and sensitive. The last thing we want to do is perform a peel that will react much MORE aggressively with your skin then you would have expected. This could lead to further scarring, prolonged erythema, or even post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
What you can do is use other types of ingredients to aid in healing those scars! Think of daily topicals like:
Copper: Super CP Serum is a great option. Super Cop 2x is another (stronger) option that can be applied evenings to help regenerate new tissues to replace scars.
Acid serum: An acid serum "could" be ok to use if your doctor says so. Something like our Serum 15 used alongside the Copper is a great combination to treat scars.
It is very important to follow your doctor's recommendations at this time. Once they say it is OK, still start with a milder approach to test and see how your skin reacts. Good acids to choose:
- Mandelic 22
- Mandelic 40
- TCA 7 @ 1 layer
And be sure to follow an acne preventative regimen to avoid any further breakouts. *Accutane is only 70% effective. Many will get acne again in a few months - year and could require another cycle of the drug.