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Everything You Need to Know About Using Retinol for Acne

Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil. If you’ve been dealing with acne since you were old enough to have a learner’s permit, then you too could rattle off the active ingredient of any given acne treatment in the drugstore aisle. And not to knock your favorite spot treatment, but if they actually worked for everyone, then we would all have clear skin and live happily ever after. But that’s not the case. If you’ve had breakouts for years and still aren’t seeing an improvement, then it might be time to call in the big guns—we’re talking retinol for acne.

How to use retinol products

You should only combine retinoids with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid using extreme caution. “The combination of a retinoid and benzoyl peroxide is a mainstay of acne therapy, although the combo can also be dry and irritating,” says Karen Hammerman, M.D., of Schweiger Dermatology Group in Garden City, New York. However, certain concentrations of benzoyl peroxide could deactivate retinoids, while salicylic acid can reduce their efficacy. “To avoid this, we recommend using the benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid in the daytime and the retinoid at night,” she says.

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Source: Glamour – Everything You Need to Know About Using Retinol for Acne By, Deanna Pai

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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