i have been using retin a .05% cream for the past 10 days. every 2 or 3 days i get a new pimple... am getting desperate now.. should i continue using it? and in case of a pimple what to do? how to treat it?
I Am Getting Pimples After Using Retin a .05% Cream, Should I Discontinue Using?
Doctor Answers 2
Retin A needs time to work
Retin A does not work overnight at decreasing and improving acne but usually takes around 2 months before the beneficial effects become noticeable. Early on in treatment with Retin A, patients may experience worsening of their acne as well as significant peeling and dryness. I counsel my patients to begin their Retin A nightly, but to decrease the application to every other night or every third night if they experience significant irritation. In most patients, the skin develops tolerance to Retin A and they can then transition into a nightly regimen. I recommend being evaluated by a board certified dermatologist so your individual case can be appropriately diagnosed and managed.
Retin-A cream is a great treatment, however by resurfacing the skin layers it often causes initial dryness and breakouts. In most patients, the skin gets used to Retin-A and improves over a 2 month course.
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