Retin-A Side Effects
Retin-A can irritate the skin, causing it to dry and flake. Redness, itching, scaling, and burning are possible side effects as well. Side effects are at their worst during the first two weeks of treatment, while your skin is adjusting to the medication.
Retin-A may flush the skin, making it look and feel very much like a light sunburn. Notify your doctor if swelling and blistering occur, as these are signs of more serious complications.
Who shouldn't use it: Do not use Retin-A if you are allergic to tretinoin or have eczema. If you're taking any medications containing alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or glycolic acid, Retin-A may be too potent for your skin. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Retin-A.
Drawbacks: Retin-A may worsen the quality of your skin before showing any positive changes. It may dry out the skin and increase sensitivity to sunlight.
After care for Retin-A: Wash your face with a gentle soap on the mornings after using Retin-A. A textured washcloth can be used to remove flaky skin. Use a water-based moisturizer to moisturize dry skin. Avoid hair removal by electrolysis, waxing, and chemical depilatories while using Retin-A.