Question: I used to have facials several times a year. Now that I am using Retin A, can I continue my favorite indulgence?
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.
There’s a new anti-aging laser in town and its called Clear and Brilliant. Its from the same company that developed Thermage and Fraxel— and sometimes Clear and Brilliant is described as ‘babyFraxel”. I’m already a big fan of “baby botox” so this laser is right in my comfort zone. In addition to smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production, this new anti-aging tool reduces age spots and some types of acne scars.
Like its big sister Fraxel, Clear and Brilliant is an anti-aging laser that delivers energy in a grid pattern. However true Fraxel goes deeper, can be uncomfortable and requires 3-5 days of healing. By contrast this new rejuvenating laser is never painful and the skin recovers within hours. Since baby steps might as well be my middle name, I was eager to try it out with my super derm, Dr Ellen Marmur. ( Before proceedure pix below)
True story. Several years ago, I was recruited to do an in-store event for a popular exfoliating scrub. The plan was to set up a mini spa in a Wal-Mart in suburban Arizona. I was not really looking forward to it. I had just finished a before and after project for a publisher and the results were pretty awful with the befores looking better than the afters. Now I was facing a crowd of real women who expected results.
It only got worse when I had to wear a little white lab coat with my name stitched on the breast pocket. As the facialists went to work, I tried to hide behind the bags of dog food that flanked the temporary spa. They were offering a very basic facial that consisted of an exfoliating scrub, warm compresses, a peel -off mask and ending with a toner. As I watched the treatments, … Continue Reading… →