Regarding: "Side Effects of Retin A Reversible or Permanent? Please Help!
I used Retin a 0.1% everyday for 2 weeks now and to say the least it has been a nightmare.I have developed severe acne, dark circles, red eyes, wrinkles,conjunctivitis,thin skin. I NEVER had any of the above.I'm still in my 20's. Please answer all!
1. Are the side effects of Retin A- dry crack/wrinkles,dark circles, thin skin permanent?(all 4 side effects reversible?)
2.Is Retin A effective on stretch marks?
3.I am too scared to continue using, what will happen if I discontinue using?"
Your questions SHOULD be answered by the doctor who prescribed you the Retin A since he/she has examined you and felt you were a candidate for it.
Although dry, cracked skin is seen in the early phases of Retin A use, we do NOT see dark circles or thin skin. If anything, prolonged use of Retin A thickens the skin and gives it a healthier look. NONE of its results are permanent. To maintain its results you require ongoing use of Retin A.
NOTHING is "effective" on stretch marks. Stretch marks are literally cracks in the skin caused by rapid skin stretching. Nothing short of removing the damaged skin will remove these scars and Retin A is NOT a cure for them. if you are hoping Retin A would remove them you will be disappointed.
Speak to your doctor and get the right advice you deserve.
Dr. Peter Aldea