When is it ok to stop using differin/Retin-a after starting?
1 year ago
I want to start differin and retin-a but i also want to get extractions done. is it ok to use them for about 3 weeks and then wait a while until my skin calms down from extractions or will i suffer withdrawal symptoms from discontinuing it after 3 weeks? is it ok to pause them at any time or do i have to wait after a few months of continuous use to pause them? please please answer
Doctor Answers 3
Thank you for your question user562. Retinoids are great products for anti-aging. Using these products before and after treatments may lead to irritation. I recommend that my patients stop using retinoids one week before and one week after a treatment. Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!
Thank you for your excellent question. In either case you can stop immediately with no side effects or need to taper them off. Once your extractions are done you can resume your regimen as you had previously. Hope this helps.
There are no harmful effects for stopping a Retin-A or Retin-A like medication and then resuming. Many patients will take retinols/ Retin-A for 6 month periods of time and pause during the summer due to sun sensitivity. Your skin may require some time to adapt to once a day treatment again.
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