I get frequent questions from Asian and Latina readers who are interested in using Retin A , but are concerned about the side effects. On one hand Retin A has the ability to lighten dark patches and make the skin look fresher and brighter. On the other hand Retin A can be very irritating– and deeper skin tones tend to develop darkened areas when inflamed.
There’s a boatload of conflicting advice about the topic and I needed an expert to provide answers. Asking my colleagues in beauty for the best source of information, I was referred to the noted Chicago-based cosmetic surgeon, Dr Seven Dayan. In addition to seeing patients, Dr Dayan is the founder of DeNova Research, a center that has extensive experience studying skin care in women of color. According to Dr Dayan, Latina, Asian and African American women need to use Retin A very very cautiously. ” To avoid problems I recommend a very mild form of Retin A ( such as Renova) and use it only every three days. In addition , when using even Renova it is important to avoid products that can be irritating such as exfoliating grains and brushes”
Retin A is just one of the anti-aging tools that need to be used carefully by women of color. Lasers, IPL even gentle gylcolic peels can cause needless problems like melasma and I’ll be talking more with Dr Dayan to learn the safest and most up- to-date information on this often undercovered topic. For more information about Dr Dayan and his ongoing research studies go to www.denovaresearch.com