Sooooo my derm had prescribed me Retin A at my last visit a few weeks ago, but I have been DEATHLY afraid to fill it and start using it. I've been on Spiro for about 2 months and Yasmin started my 2nd month. I am dealing with closed comedones and clogged pores at the moment that inflame one by one and it is annoying as all hell. My inflammed acne has stopped for the most part, I have just one right now.
Really really really could use some words of wisdom? How to start using it without taking 5 steps back? Can you start by treating just small areas? How bad was the IB? Did it just cause the clogs to purge or did you notice it actual cause new acne to come up that was not anyway visible before?
Thank you thank you thank you in advance!
Start slow with Retin-A. Use a pea-sized amount. It's really tempting to use more, but don't.
You'll have to apply every three nights for about two weeks. If you don't experience major irritation, go apply every two nights for two weeks. Ramp it up from there until you can apply nightly.
If you can't apply nightly for some reason, maybe only every other night, that's okay. Some people just can't. If you still want to use a retinoid nightly, some dermatologists recommend applying high-strength retinol in between.
Use SPF 30+ daily. This is very important. You don't want to worsen dryness, redness, and put yourself at greater risk for sun damage.
Keep a good moisturizer handy for any dryness. Vanicream or Aquaphor is pretty good. Some dermatologists recommend CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion PM.