We want to make sure you fully understand your treatment. Below outlines the directions, benefits, expectations, and risks with topical retinoids.
Topical retinoids are very effective medications that work in a variety of ways to treat acne, including helping skin cells shed properly thereby preventing clogged pores. Retinoids also have great anti-aging benefits for the skin.
Redness, peeling and skin sensitivity can be experienced with treatment, but following the instructions below will help minimize these side effects. Irritation is not necessary for the medicine to be effective. Your skin will adjust to the medicine over time.
Retinoids should only be applied to your skin once a day, before bedtime.
Note: If this is your first time using a retinoid, it is best to start using it every other night for the first couple of weeks, and then increase to nightly use as tolerated.
If you become pregnant while taking this medication, discontinue use immediately and message your doctor for an alternative.