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!
I got a great email from a 16 year old who is using Retin A micro for acne control. Like most of us, she got the prescription with little or no advice about how to use it. She wanted to know what scrubbing grains, toners and moisturizer I would recommend. She was concerned about the redness and peeling and wanted to avoid these problems with additional skin care products
Retin A was actually originally developed and approved for acne management. This vitamin A derivative helps the skin to empty pores clogged with debris, shuts down overactive oil glands and helps skin turnover to reduce discolorations from old acne eruptions. This process includes flaking off old dry keratin that is contributing to blocked pores and breakouts. Some peeling and flaking is necessary and actually good. However you need to keep it under control to … Continue Reading… →