Using Retin A
The use of Retin-A and its contraindications and how to combat the super dryness it can cause.
Does it Work?
Retin-A has been touted as an acne medication, but more lucratively, as a wrinkle remover. It is not a miracle drug that is smeared on and suddenly your seventy year old skin looks forty again, but a slow process in which the top layer of skin is removed.
After the repeated application of Retin-A, the outermost skin layer thins as cells in the epidermis level are stimulated. Collagen production and cellular growth in the dermis layer also increase. It takes about two months to see the difference..
Retin-A can dry out your skin to the extent it cracks. You may see and feel nothing the first two days, but on the third your skin may literally be flaking off. This means you are overusing the product.
A Dermatologist might recommend twice a day treatments which can be too much for your skin and create more problems.
Try it once a day, at bed time, and then, in the morning, mega-moisturise
Assuming you are using it to make your skin look younger, you have to mega-moisturise each morning, and sometimes each afternoon.
Wet your face and with a wet hand, dip out some Petroleum jelly and rub it on your wet face. Massage it in leaving a gloss. On top of this use whatever moisturising lotion you have at hand.
Wet petroleum jelly on wet skin forces the moisture into your skin. The moisturiser on top is held there, so over a few hours it seeps in.
If your skin still feels very dry, do it again.
Each night, wash your face, use a moisturiser, and about a half hour later, the Retin-A.
If your skin still feels dry, skip a night, go to every other night with the Retin-A. But don't ever miss moisturising.
If your skin feels find, you don't have to mega-moisturise save once a week, as your regular day product is good enough.