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What Is Retinoid
Are retinoids and other skin medicines prescribed? What do retinoids do? Apple cider vinegar daily drinkin/detox isn't helping.
Yes..: Retinoids are prescription medications and are vitamin A derivatives which alter the DNA of skin cells, leading to less production of pimples and follicular occlusion. They can cause significant dryness of the skin, so a noncomedogenic moisturizer may need to be used along with them. Topical retinoids are first line therapy for acne, so I definitely encourage you to try one if this is a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: Retin-A and similar medications are not over-the-counter in the U.S. They require a doctor's exam and prescription. Some cosmetics and OTC creams use retinol, which is a type of vitamin A, maybe because manufacturers think using the word "retinol" may sell more creams than using the word "vitamin A." ...Read more
Most people...: ...Notice superficial redness and peeling almost immediately - often after the very first application. Deeper effects, such as stimulation of new collagen formation, takes longer - weeks to months - because collagen regenerates so slowly. The more potent formulations work more quickly than milder ones -- but they also cause more irritation of the skin. ...Read more
Why aren't i developing a reaction to retin-a ? All I have is minor dryness and flaking. I have been on it for almost a week.
You are doing well: Minor dryness will resolve in another week. Use a moisturizer if you wish. The improvement will occur in 2-3 months. ...Read more
Is it ok to start using retin-a during summer? And use spf50 during the day? How often to apply retin-a when starting? Thanks
Avoid sun : Avoid sun exposure bet. 10-2. Wear sunblock and reapply at least every 2 hours maybe even more. You can start by keeping it on your skin overnight or as short as you can tolerate. If you're itchy or it feels like it burning, wash it off, skip next day. Do the same next time until you are able to tolerate it without a lot of side effects. So start every other day woke it up to daily ...Read more
Retin-A: Retin-a users reported improvements in skin texture, including diminished wrinkles and brown spots. Early studies soon confirmed its anti-aging effects. In 1988, dr. Voorhees and his colleagues at michigan published the first double-blind study of retin-a’s effect on photodamaged skin and found that all 30 patients who completed the 16-week study showed statistically significant improvement. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Might need delay: While both can be used on the same patient, there are reasons why they may need to be separated by days, weeks, or months, depending on individual doctor recommendation and experience. One of retin-a's effects is to thin the top layer of skin. This might interfere with healing or affect amount of irritation from microdermabrasion. Both can be beneficial, but need to be used carefully. ...Read more