Retin A is used in the treatment of many different skin problems including common acne. It can help improve the texture of the skin and correct problems with discoloration too. When it comes to Retin A acne scars may be reduced in two ways. The following information will show you how Retin A is used, what it does, how it can help, and potential concerns that you should be aware of.

Retin A is actually a brand name for the generic tretinoin; it is a compound that is directly related to vitamin A. It appears that Retin A amplifies vitamin A’s ability to promote the molecules that compose our skin cells. To put it in more simple terms, Retin A speeds up how quickly new skin cells are formed, and that helps to clear up the skin at a faster pace. New skin growth also means that there will be new elastin and collagen, both of which improve the quality of the skin. In short, with Retin A acne scars start to disappear.

If Retin A is so good at treating acne and acne scars, then why doesn’t everybody use it? As with any other form of medication (Retin A is a topical cream, but requires a prescription) some people experience side effects. Perhaps the most common side effect is skin irritation, which varies in severity from person to person. It can only be prescribed by a doctor, so be sure to follow their instructions precisely. You can often avoid the skin sensitivity issue by starting with a lower dose of the medicine and then gradually increasing it until you reach the dose that works for you.

Another side effect to be aware of is an increased sensitivity to the sun. While you may want to use Retin A to get rid of acne, you don’t want to do further damage to your skin by getting a sunburn. This is easily avoided by trying to stay out of the sun when possible and covering up with clothing and sunscreen when you do go out.

With Retin A acne scars will start to fade, but as new skin is coming in, the existing skin may also be thinned. For that reason, you should never use waxing to remove hair on any part of the body near or being treated with Retin A.

Those are the main side effects, but don’t let them scare you away from getting rid of your acne scars. Not everybody has these side effects, so it’s a viable option for treating acne. The sooner you can get it treated, the less chance you will have of permanent scarring. But if you already have scarring, then Retin A will most likely be able to help with that too.

As mentioned earlier, Retin A can only be prescribed by a doctor, so be sure to have a conversation with your doctor about your treatment options for acne. They may be able to suggest another product, or they may give you ideas for home remedies. Either way, it’s good to know that with Retin A acne scars may be a thing of the past.