There is nothing more disheartening for a teen than to be looking forward to an upcoming event and noticing you are breaking out. Now is the time to see your doctor about a prescription for Retin A Cream or generic Tretinoin to stop the onslaught of pimples and red, inflamed skin. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
You want to plan ahead with Retin A Cream and many other acne medications because they can take up to 2 or 3 months before there’s a visible improvement. Your skin might even become worse before it gets better! Why? As Retin A Cream is absorbed into your skin cells, it starts working on the acne that may be forming under the layers of your skin. Not to worry, it will clear as long as you are patient.
When applied as directed, Retin A Cream works in your skin cells to encourage an increase in your cell turnover rate. For teenagers, this usually occurs every 21-28 days and as you age, this rate slows down. This action results in your skin cells travelling faster from the lowest layer of your epidermis to the top where they die and slough off so your pores do not become plugged with dead skin cells, oil, bacteria, and dirt. Instead, your skin is healthier and younger looking. It is this kind of result that has many older men and women using Retin A Cream as a way to exfoliate faster and reduce the fine lines that develop during the aging process.
Acne is a long-term skin disease that commonly starts during puberty when hormones are at an all-time high. This usually causes an increase in sebum, the oily, waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands found on the majority of the areas on your skin, except the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. This is how your body stays lubricated and waterproof.
Your back, forehead, and chin have more sebaceous glands than other parts of your body. As the oil production increases, the bacteria that live on our skin also increases as they will use sebum as a food source. Combine the bacteria with the oil, everyday dirt, and dead skin cells and before you know it, there are blackheads, whiteheads, and inflammation. Retin A Cream also helps reduce the appearance of the purplish scars left behind after acne has cleared.
Ask your doctor if Retin A Cream is safe to use while you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or you are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have so your doctor can decide if Retin A Cream will work for you. List any OTC or Rx drugs you take, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements.
Because your skin has exfoliated faster than usual, your can be more sensitive to sunlight. To avoid sunburn, apply an SPF (sun protection factor) spray, lotion, or gel of 15 or higher once Retin A Cream has been absorbed, and wear protective clothing when you are outside. Be careful not to get Retin A Cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth and rinse with water immediately if this happens.