At least once a week I get a question about the best way to manage acne in women of color and at the summer sesion of the American Academy of Dermatology, I finally got the right answers. A three hour power session on the treatment of acne with dermatologist super stars included Dr Andrew Alexis, Director of the Skin of Color Center at St Lukes Hospital in NYC
First the good news. Acne in women of color is usually milder and less frequent than seen in lighter skin tones. The bad news? Even mild acne breakouts tend to leave dark spots and patches that seem to last forever. Called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH, it is the result of irritation from both the acne and the treatments used to … Continue Reading… →
Maybe its the birth of the royal baby, but my e-mail at the blog definately has baby fever. Last month I answered questions about acne care during pregnancy. This week I’ve researched best practices for skin care both before and after pregnancy.
Question 1 — “Ive been on Retin A gel for 10 years. We want to start a family, but I am concerned. How long do I have to wait after going off Retin A to be sure its safe for the baby?”
Answer 1- If you take oral Retin A or spironolactone ( a hormone used to treat acne) doctors recommend waiting six months before trying to conceive. However if you used just a topical Retin A, there is no waiting time. Good luck!