Let’s face it – almost everyone has suffered a breakout at some point in his or her lives. In fact, many people continue to suffer from acne well beyond their teenage years, where hormones play a major part in people breaking out. But our skin can be affected by other circumstances, including humid or dry weather, too much exposure to the sun, and even stress. And with so many different ways people get blemishes on their skin, there are many different ways people try and get rid of their pimples.
You hear about them all the time, people’s tricks to taking care of a pimple or zit. A friend of mine once told me that toothpaste at bedtime did the trick for him when he needed to make a pimple go away. Another buddy of mine told me about a homemade mask his mother taught him to make out of cactus fruit and honey that would dry the skin and the pimples that grew on it. Heck, I used to get a tan in hopes of hiding my pimples when I was younger.
The truth is, everyone is different when it comes to acne – and there is no one trick that will help acne go away. But there is a product that has been used for a long time, a successful product that has helped thousands of people get on the right track to healthier, clearer skin. And that product is called Retin-A.
Retin-A has been proven to help reduce acne in adolescents and adults in as little as a few weeks. It’s a topical medication that’s best used at night after you have washed your face and dried it thoroughly. The medication starts working from under your skin, loosening up blackheads and bringing them up to the surface in order to get washed away. It is really important to make sure that you limit your exposure to the sun. In fact, my little tanning routine to hide my pimples was a huge mistake. While that might have helped me initially, I was causing myself more harm than just a blemish.
Retin-A could make you a little bit sun sensitive, though. And during your treatment, make sure to be on the lookout for a reddening of the skin, burning, peeling, and stinging. While these side effects often occur during treatment, make sure that these conditions are not severe, as you’ll need to talk to your doctor as soon as you can. But these side effects are temporary.