Answer: I love facials and I love Retin A, but together they may pose problems. If you are using Retin A, you need to weigh three issues:
1.How long you have been on Retin A ?
2. How is your skin reacting to Retin A?
3. What kind of facial do you want to use?
If you have just started on Retin A ( less than three months), the short answer is no. Retin A is irritating on purpose and adding a facial early in the process can be asking for trouble. Your skin could easily react with redness and peeling that would require stopping Retin A for at least a month.
If you are able to tolorate Retin A every night, and the benefits seem to be leveling off, a good facial can jump start new radiance. But if you can only tolorate Retin A every other night, again a traditional facial might be too much of a good thing.
There are facials and then there are FACIALS. I love the Hydrafacial that combines, suction microdermabrasion, glycolic peel, anti-aging serum infusions and extractions to produce a turely gorgeous glow. However its an intense process and you should take a Retin A holiday that starts 4 days before the Hydrofacial and 3 days afterwards. A less intensive facial with just microdermabrasion and glycolic peel can also be a wonderful way to prep the skin for Retin A. If you are a Retin A newbie, this facial combo will take off a layer of dead skin cells that are coating the surface and clogging pores. It will allow Retin A better access to the skin and speed up renewal process. Just do it no less than 4 days prior to starting Retin A.
I also like facials that use different types of face masks. While some are designated hydrating and others as cleansing, all masks share the same benefits- they take off that pesky top layer that makes the skin look dull and unhealthy. And while they sit on the skin they allow the skin to build up healthy water levels that help reduce lines and creases. Nice.