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Retin A and skin thinning

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so I read that tretinoin can cause thinning of your skin after a few weeks. Does that mean that like accutane, it would not be a good idea to squeeze your zits while you're on it? Since you might scar more easily with a thinner epidermis?

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that would make alot of sense for me...once i went on it i swear all my pimples would result in red marks it was really bad...but it did help my face clear a good amount...but now im off it and using clindomycin as i think my problem is hair folliculitis

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yes, squeezing is bad whether or not you are on retin a.

Something scary about that picture though is the "22 months" label. My God, I certainly hope I dont need to wait that long

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I think with retinoids, the wait is the hardest part. They give amazing results, but it ultimately comes down to being patient. 22 months is a very long time, I agree -- however, I think they purposefully waited that long in order to analyze the long-term effects of it. Normally it takes about 3-6 months, although it varies with each person ^_^

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ok so when your nose is all clogged up with blackheads, what do you guys do if you dont squeeze them? Do you guys all use pore strips?

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Your skin becomes fragile when using retinoids, so using a pore strip could damage or tear your skin. I know it's tempting to want to squeeze, but doing so could have negative consequences.. When you squeeze a blackhead, you're only removing a part of the clog, and you risk pushing the rest of it deeper into your pore. I know it's annoying, but your best bet would be to just wait it out.

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Your skin becomes fragile when using retinoids, so using a pore strip could damage or tear your skin. I know it's tempting to want to squeeze, but doing so could have negative consequences.. When you squeeze a blackhead, you're only removing a part of the clog, and you risk pushing the rest of it deeper into your pore. I know it's annoying, but your best bet would be to just wait it out.

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