Switching retinoids, is it ok?
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Getting Used To Retinoids
Everyone's skin is a little different. My usual suggestion is to start ANY new Retinoid only on Monday and Thursday nights for people with " really " sensitive skin, and Monday ,Wednesday and Friday nights for the rest of us. Use a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil to cleanse your skin and keep a tube of some OTC Hydrocortisone cream 1% around to
use in the AM if you get a little too scaly or irritated. Most people adapt in 3-4 weeks and can add a day a week after a month or so.
As to getting rid of the blackheads, well that's a whole lot more complicated question to
answer. Retinoids alone are often not the answer. For your particular needs your knowledgeable Dermatologist can be your new best friend. Prescription topical and oral anti-inflammatory medications are sometimes necessary to "tame the beast", but in the future the Retinoids alone may bring you the clear skin you'll love. So hang in there and
best of luck !
Adjusting to Retin A
Hang in there, it does get better. You don't go back to square one. The basic active ingredient is similar enough. Some skin won't tolerate high doses even after a long period of use. Every other day use might be what is needed. Also, retinols are very effective too for anti aging and are much better tolerated.
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