Sometimes I think that I should re-name my blog the No-Nonsense Guide to Retin A. There are so many questions about how to use it and we are given so little information with the prescription. Here are three questions that needed to be answered right now:
*Question 1— Will one appliction of Retin A do anything?
Answer– If your skin is especially sensitive, one appication may produce redness and some irritation. But practically speaking, using it just once won’t help acne or wrinkles.
Question 2— Can I use Retin A on my body?
Answer– You can certainly use Retin on your chest to deal with signs of sundamage, but its not practical to use it on larger areas of the body. Its expensive and probably not good for the body to absorb so much of any form of vitamin A. If you have dark spots, have them examined by a dermatologist before zapping them with a laser. At night you can use a body lotion with glycolic acid to soften dry skin and stimulate collagen.During the day you can and should use a sunscreen on your entire body, especially if you iving in a warm sunny climate. ( You are so lucky). Use a moisturizing 30 SPF sun block that protects against both UVA and UVB. Put on the sunblock at least 30 minutes before you go outdoors. FYI, put it on while your body is still slightly damp after a shower. When you apply put it on before putting on clothes, its easier to get a nice even coverage.
Question 3 — Can I use an LED light and Retin A?
Answer– Short answer is yes. Red LED lights help acne by killing bacteria in the pores while blue LED lights reduce inflammation and stimulate collagen. Retin A definately increases sensitivity to sunlight and light from lasers. If you are using Retin A you need to wear a strong sun block each and every day. You also will need to take a 48 hour Retin A holiday before and after a laser treatment. But LED lights are not a problem and can be added to an acne and/or anti-aging treatment plan.