Retin-A is very effective in treating acne scars. Retin-A actually helps in healing scars and minimizing the development of new acne. After the initial application of Retin-A creams, you will see results in about two weeks. Depending on the extent of the acne and acne scars, full results could be achieved in a matter of seven weeks of continued and proper use.
Evidently, you have to read labels before using Retin-A creams in treating acne scars. Generally though, Retin-A is usually applied before going to bed. You have to wash your hands and your face with clean water and hypoallergenic soap. Dry your face before applying the cream. Spread the cream thinly on your face. Clean your hands after every application.
If you happen to miss applying the cream at night, you may do so in the morning. However, you should skip the process if it is almost the time of the next application. Continue with your regular Retin-A routine afterwards and avoid missing an application as much as possible otherwise you have to extend the period of treatment because of too many application misses.
Some people may think that applying Retin-A cream frequently throughout the day can lead to quicker results. On the other hand, this can only worsen the side effects. Yes, there are side effects but these are minor, tolerable and should go away in a few days. Side effects are normal though especially for first time users, signaling that Retin-A cream is actually working and penetrating deep into the skin. If the side effects get worse, you should visit your dermatologist so that s/he may advice on what you should do next. There might be a need to apply Retin-A cream every other day to minimize the side effects.
Apart from the side effects, there is a tendency that acne breakouts may experience on the initial use of Retin-A. This is called the reverse effect wherein the cream works by pushing breakouts before eradicating them and acne scars completely. You may ask your doctor about the possibility of having breakouts once you start using Retin-A. You also have to relay information to your doctor about what other medications that you are currently taking before considering the use of Retin-A creams in treating acne scars.