Acne has always been blamed on puberty and overactive sebaceous oil glands. However, it has come to the attention of researchers that it is inflammation that is behind acne. Factors that can lead to inflammation of your skin include stress, a bad diet, not enough sleep, pollution, and too much sun exposure.
Skin is the largest organ you have and if it comes under attack, cortisol is produced as a stress hormone that enables you to handle whatever causes the stress. But if you are in a state of constant stress, too much cortisol is produced and it causes inflammation.
Retin A Gel or generic Tretinoin is a topical medication that is oil-free and can help you modify the cell turnover rate to quickly exfoliate old dead skin cells that can plug your pores and expose the newer, fresher cells that can give you a healthier and younger appearance. Eating better, getting more rest, and learning to deal with stress can all help keep your skin clear and pimple-free as inflammation will be reduced. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
People with Papulopustular rosacea can also benefit from treatment with Retin A Gel as this subtype often resembles acne. Unlike acne, you do not out-grow rosacea as it is a chronic skin condition that flares up periodically. Fair-skinned people tend to flush more easily than other skin types and may be at a greater risk. Rosacea tends to appear just around your cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead. Besides the flushing and visible blood vessels, bumps and pimples will often develop as well.
By knowing what your triggers are for a flare-up, you may be able to reduce the symptoms of rosacea. These can include hot flashes from menopause, exercising, alcoholic drinks, sun exposure, eating spicy foods, and even medications can cause you to flush. Using Retin A Gel will help shed old, dead skin cells easily that can clog your pores and pimples will clear up.
Ask your doctor if Retin A Gel is safe to apply while you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies with your doctor and list all OTC and Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and vitamin or dietary supplements. Your doctor can then determine if Retin A Gel will cause any adverse effects.
Wear sunscreen when going outdoors as Retin A Gel can cause you to sunburn more easily. If you wear make-up, clean the area well before you apply Retin A Gel. The contents of Retin A Gel is flammable so do not apply or store near an open flame or use while smoking. Understand that you may have an acne break-out during your treatment, but do not be discouraged as this is common. When old skin cells are sloughed off or shed, newly forming pimples can be exposed sooner than usual. Be patient as it can take several weeks before you notice a positive change in your skin.