Why is it recommended to wear sunscreen when using Retin-A on your face?

What happens if you don't use it? If you are only going outside for a few minutes (e.g. 5-10) when using Retin-A, is there a risk? Is it just to prevent sunburn or is there some risk to not wearing it even if you don't burn?

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Retin A and sun exposure

Thank you for your question. Retin-A is generally recommended to be applied at night before bedtime because a side effect of Retin-A or other retinoids is photosensitivity. The medication makes your skin more sensitive to the sun and increases risks of burning, therefore, it is recommended to wear sunscreen daily. I recommend you consult with your prescribing physician regarding your questions and concerns. Take care and good luck.


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