Three Top Retin A and Acne Questions
Question 1 — Does Retin A always make your face red?
Answer- Its a very common problem. Retin A does two things to the skin that causes redness. It reves up circulation ( great for new collagen) and increases skin turnover which peels off the top pore clogging layers– but the net result leaves the skin tomato red. You can reduce redness by:
1. Waiting 30 minutes after washing your face to apply Retin A
2. Use Retin A only 3X a week rather than every night
3. Mix Retin A with a drop of oil free moisturizer before spreading it on the skin
Question 2: Does Retin A help acne scars?
Answer: The short answer is… maybe, depending on the type of the scar. Surface discolorations after a break-out fade overtime and Retin A hastens this process. Depressions in the skin and so called ” ice pick” scars are not helped by Retin A and need more intensive therapy. For example Clear and Brilliant, a new form of baby Fraxel laser can encourage new collagen to fill in saucer shaped scars. Large post-acne pores develop when a large cyst completely destroy a follicle– but can be hidden by fillers like Restylene.
Question 3: Does Retin A always cause initial break-outs?
Answer: The Retin A purge is an awful start for acne care and it often causes people to quit treatment. Retin A unclogs pores of excessive oil and dead cells, but does not affect the inflammatory bacteria that are a key acne trigger. But if you add an antibiotic either orally or in a gel, you”ll be attacking acne from two directions– and the purge potenial is significatly reduced.