Many of our patients ask us, Should I use Retin A? The answer to this commonly asked question is, probably. Dr. Schweiger explains that, “Retin-A is just one example of a class of prescription medications called retinoids. These topical medications, available in both creams and gels, regulate and stimulate the turnover of skin cells. These actions help to clear out the follicle, preventing the formation of the microcomedone. They also stimulate collagen turnover, which decreases the appearance of fine lines and prevents future wrinkles.”
Most people can benefit from starting a retinoid regimen. Even one your acne has been clear for years, you can still benefit from its anti-aging effects. In fact, the only patients that we don’t recommend retinoids for are pregnant or nursing women.
Maybe you’ve heard that retinoids are too irritating to use? The truth is, this isn’t the case when they are used properly. Almost everyone is able to tolerate one of the many retinoid formulations. Gentler formations are used to anti-aging purposes and for acne patients who can’t tolerate stronger retinoids. For the most sensitive patients, over-the-counter retinol formulations are worth a shot. Regardless of the formulation you are using, it is improvement to use retinoids in moderation. A pea-size amount is sufficient for almost everyone. Patients who notice dryness after using a retinoid can apply moisturizer before and after using their topical retinoid.
So, retinoids fight acne and prevent wrinkles?? We’re sure you’re thinking, sign me up! Retinoid formulations (the stronger relative of the over-the-counter retinol formulation) are available only by prescription or dispensed from your dermatologist’s office. We recommend TimeLess (developed by Dr. Schweiger and available only at Schweiger Dermatology), Atralin or Tazorac for most of our patients. However, during your visit we will evaluate your skin and discuss with you the best retinoid for your skin type.