Retin-A: More questions and where to start?
The other day, Rachelle the fabulous author of Fashionably Foodie and contributor to the Posh Mama site asked a question about starting on Retin-A at the post, “All About Retinoids: Considering Retin-A.”
so i turned the big 3-0 this summer and i am ready to do something. (guess i need to adopt marilyn’s “Start aging, and shut up!” mantra still.) i live in mexico and can buy retin a and renova over the counter. soooo- how do i use them? like moisturizer, after cleansing? instead of moisturizer or over it? how much do i use? and do you know if i use it while i’m nursing? (guess i could google it.) TIA!
hope your beans are delish~
First and foremost, the beans I made using the recipe that Rachelle posted on the Posh Mama site were delish, and my family totally stuffed themselves last night. I served them with rice and homemade salsa, very yum!
Lucky you to get Retin-A OTC! And I am not a Doctor, so I can give you some advice, but would strongly recommend you work with a licensed Dermatologist. I have heard that the lowest concentration is where you should start (.025%) or possibly .05%, and you should research the topic of using retinoids while nursing. I surmise that some will say okay, and some will say nay. I tend to side with how young is your baby and how often do you nurse? Retin-A is simply a concentrated form of Vitamin A and a minimal amount is absorbed into your bloodstream.
In the PM, after cleansing and allowing your skin to dry, dab a pea-sized amount around face (a little bit goes a long way and this is strong stuff)! You can then proceed with your moisturizer. You should only use this every other night until your skin adjusts to the retin-A (which will take a few weeks), then gradually build up to using it every night. If you notice peeling or irritation, stop using Retin-A for a few days.
If you are using any creams or lotions containing peptides, specifically copper peptides, you will not want to use a retinoid, AHA, or vitamin C cream within 2 hours of use, or rotate using one every other day. I am not a chemist either, but I have read that the copper peptides are not effective if combined with these acidic ingredients.
And most importantly you will need to take particular precautions to protect your skin during the day while using Retin-A. Wear a hat, use sunscreen, and avoiding going outside during the peak sun hours.
For treating acne, Retin A will take 6+ weeks of use to notice the benefits. For treating wrinkles, Retin A will take 6+ months to see improvements, and will produce optimal results after a year of continual use.
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