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Retinoids: Application Of Topical Retinoids

Application Of Topical Retinoids

Retinoids are not only available as prescription formulations but also are getting formulated in cosmetic products. Retinol and retinyl palmitate are used in such OTC products and application of OTC and prescription products can lead to more concerns, if used incorrectly. The common problems with topical retinoids may be burning, itching, peeling, redness, more sun sensitivity etc. You must talk to your doctor even if you are using an OTC retinoid product about correct usage and side-effects.

The right way to use any topical retinoid is to wash your face and let it dry for about half an hour. Take a small size of formulation, apply and rub properly. The product should be avoided around the eyes. Wash your hands thoroughly. The formulations should be preferably used every alternate day.

Some acne can flare up after beginning the use of retinoid formulations, but that goes away soon. Consult your doctor if you observe any side-effect. Never use a vitamin A derivative topical if you are planning to get pregnant, or are pregnant or are breast-feeding. You must talk to your doctor about these issues and concerns.

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