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Using Retinoid Gel For The Treatment Of Acne Scars

by Stella Robinson

When your acne finally clears up, it's normal to feel free and relieved. But as you look in the mirror, you may still notice some scars and imperfections that the acne left as one final parting gift. There are several options for treating acne scars. Some patients find success with laser treatments, and others find filler injections helpful. But the most convenient option for treating acne scar is often to use a retinol gel prescribed by your doctor. Here's a closer look at this option.

What is retinol?

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. It is known for its beneficial effects on skin. Mostly, it helps increase the turnover rate of your skin cells. By encouraging your old skin cells to be shed and replaced more quickly, it encourages scars to heal and fade faster than they would on their own. Retinol is helpful for dark-colored acne scars, along with those that have a bit of a rough or uneven texture.

You can find some retinol products being sold over-the-counter, but they don't typically contain a strong enough concentration of retinol for effective scar treatment. Prescription formulas from your doctor are stronger and will work faster.

How do you use a retinol scar gel?

Using these medicated gels is easy. First, you make sure your skin is clean. Then, you apply the amount of gel your doctor has recommended. Usually, it's about a pea-sized amount used on each scar. Wash your hands, and set about your day as usual. Often, you'll begin by applying the gel once a day, and once your skin adapts, you'll start using it twice a day. If you wear makeup, you can apply it once the gel has fully dried and been absorbed into your skin.

How long does retinol gel take to work?

This depends on the severity of your scars and the sensitivity of your skin. Some patients see their scars fade within weeks, whereas others have to use the gel for several months. Simply keep applying the gel, day after day, until you're happy with how you acne scars work. You can then let your doctor know you're satisfied with your appearance. They'll generally advise you to stop using the gel, and then they'll stop renewing your prescription.

Retinol gels are quite effective at treating the scars left behind by acne. Talk to your doctor about these products so you can be scar-free soon. For more information on your options for prescription scar topical gels, speak with your doctor or a supply company such as Avocet Polymer Technologies Inc.