I thought I would share with you my survival guide for starting a retin a treatment. Feel free to add your own tips
Do not use BP on the area you are treating with retin a. BP hinders the effectiveness of the retinoids and will only contribute to dryness and irritation. Instead, try using tea tree oil to treat active spots instead. I also find that witch hazel helps.
do not pick at your face! This is a no brainer, but it is super important now because the retinoids are thinning out your akin, so you are susceptible to scaring. If you do pick your spots, try cleaning it with a mixture of witch hazel and tea tree oil then putting some 100% aloe gel to promote healing.
If the initial breakout is very bad, talk to your doctor about antibiotics, either applied topically or taken orally. These will help a lot.
be sure to drink plenty of water and eat healthy!
During my IB phase, I broke out with angry red cysts. Below I will list treatments and products that have worked for me.
Tea tree oil
tea tree oil face mask by the body shop (as a spot treatment)
Pure aloe gel
sea salt soaks (like the kind you would do for a new piercing)
epsom salt soak
Steaming my face
stop using a harsh cleanser and invest in a gentle one, preferably one that doesn't foam.
Use sunscreen every morning! Retinoids increase your voulnerability to UV rays.
Wait about 20 minutes after washing your face to aple the retin a. This will ensure your face is dry when you apply the retin a, avoiding added irritation.
Find a good moisturizer.
use a warm damp washcloth to buff away flakes.
Use bruts bees res-q ointment on any flakey dry spots. It works wonders.
Below I will post some products that have worked well for me.
Shiesido the skin car gentle cleansing cream
cetephil gentle cleanser
shisedo the skin care. Night moisture recharge
burts bees res-q ointment
origins drink up moisture intensive mask.
retin a can work wonders for your skin, but it can take up to 12 weeks for your skin to get used to it/start working! Truck through the beginning side effects