Question by KC: I want some opinions about the acne cream “Retin A”?
I got a facial today and told the woman I was using Retin A and she kinda flipped out and said “That’s not a good way to treat acne like yours” and she said it dries ur skin and THEN said that wearing sunscreen over it is a MUST or else it’s like burning of layers of your skin. So I wanted other opinions about it. How did your skin react? Did you know you had to wear sunscreen? Who told you to use it? Are you satisfied? If any serious reactions, please PLEASE let me know.
Answer by Sarah C
I take it. Here’s the deal: It basically kills off layers of skin to expose the “good” skin underneath. So, unless you really do have acne covering your entire face, only use it where it’s bad. Take good care of yourself! If you use it consistently enough, your face is going to get red, dry out, and probably peel where you apply it. Don’t freak out though! It sucks, but that’s how it works. When you use it, be careful about how much you’re out in the sun, be cautious with the products you use on your face, and use plenty of good moisturizer. None of that junky, oil-based, scented stuff; it should feel very light.
Expect a bit of a burning sensation, but if your skin starts to really hurt when you use it, PLEASE give your skin a break! You will NOT like to have tired, burnt-out skin.
If I were you, I would also use an astringent (for dirt and oil removal), an “intense” cleanser, a “mild, calming” cleanser (Aveeno is good), an exfoliate with a good but gentle scrubbing pad, a moisturizer, some sort of over-the-counter on-the-spot cream, and Retin A. Be consistent as possible, but if your skin seems pretty angry every time, it needs a break!
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