Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- Will Retin-A clear up my skin?
- What is the best way I can moisturize my skin while using Retin-A?
Pre-procedure prep for Retin-A: If you're planning on using Retin-A (or any other products containing tretinoin), avoid prolonged sun exposure, which increases skin sensitivity. Retin-A should not be applied to skin that is sunburned.
Avoid products made with sulfur, resorcinol, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide (an ingredient found in Proactiv and Clearasil) while using Retin-A.
What To Expect
Retin-A comes in the form of a topical gel or cream. After washing your face thoroughly, apply a pea-sized portion of Retin-A in a thin layer on your skin before heading to bed. Adding more cream will not increase the effect of the Retin-A, so don't waste it. Repeat this every other night, or every three nights, depending on the instructions you are given.
Who should do it: Make an appointment with a board certified dermatologist to discuss the potential of Retin-A for your skin.
Duration: Retin-A should be used for the long-term treatment of acne. Many doctors recommend adding some form of Retin-A to your skincare routine.
How Painful Is It?
If your skin is particularly dry, Retin-A may sting immediately after applying the cream.